News & Perspective

Apr 08, 2002

Apr 08, 2002

Emergency responders see need for better safety gear and training

Many emergency response workers feel they don't have adequate safety equipment and training for situations like the Sep 11 attacks and the subsequent anthrax attacks, according to a new federal report.

May 10, 2002

May 10, 2002

HHS offers advice on guarding building air systems from terrorist attack

Raising air intake vents at least 12 feet above the ground is one important step for protecting building ventilation systems from terrorist attacks, according to federal guidelines issued today.

Mar 18, 2004

Mar 18, 2004

NIOSH certifies two gas masks for first responders

(CIDRAP News) – Two air-purifying respirators (APRs), or gas masks, have been named as the first such devices to be certified under a federal program to test masks for protecting emergency workers from chemical, biological, radiological, and nuclear (CBRN) exposures.

May 14, 2004

May 14, 2004

Reorganization aims to boost CDC's preparedness impact

(CIDRAP News) – The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) yesterday announced a reorganization plan designed to hone the agency's ability to respond to public health threats, including terrorism, as well as chronic health problems.

Nov 15, 2006

Nov 15, 2006

OSHA updates guidance on avian flu

(CIDRAP News) – The US Department of Labor yesterday released revised Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) guidance to help employers protect their workers from job-related exposure to H5N1 avian influenza.

May 09, 2007

May 09, 2007

FDA lists 2 respirators as offering disease protection

(CIDRAP News) – The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) yesterday cleared the way for two N-95 respirator models to be marketed as devices that can reduce a user's risk of becoming ill during an influenza pandemic or other public health emergency.

Sep 26, 2007

Sep 26, 2007

IOM calls for new research on safety garb for health workers

(CIDRAP News) – An Institute of Medicine (IOM) committee that studied issues concerning personal protective equipment (PPE) for healthcare workers in an influenza pandemic is calling for renewed efforts to learn how influenza viruses spread, promote proper use of PPE, and improve the equipment itself.

Apr 07, 2009

Apr 07, 2009

NIOSH revises advice to protect responders from airborne pathogens

(CIDRAP News) – The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) recently revised its recommendations about personal equipment for protecting first responders from airborne pathogens in potential bioterrorism situations.

Aug 13, 2009

Aug 13, 2009

Experts air practical PPE considerations to IOM

(CIDRAP News) – On the second and final day of an Institute of Medicine (IOM) task force meeting on how to protect healthcare workers from the novel H1N1 virus, experts focused on issues surrounding the effectiveness and practical use of masks and respirators in work settings.

The IOM task force's goal is to make recommendations about how to protect healthcare workers during the H1N1 pandemic.

Nov 10, 2009

Nov 10, 2009

NIOSH says disputed study didn't guide advice on masks

Editor's note: This story was revised after initial posting to specify which arm of the CDC issued the statement described.

(CIDRAP News) – Officials at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) yesterday rejected a contention from several professional groups that its guidance on respiratory protection for healthcare workers caring for H1N1 patients was influenced by a recent controversial study by Australian researchers.

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