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.

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.

Jul 14, 2010

Jul 14, 2010

ICEID COVERAGE Research continues on shielding workers from airborne pathogens

ATLANTA (CIDRAP News) – The early response to the H1N1 pandemic exposed ongoing sore points regarding protection of workers in healthcare and other settings during epidemics or bioterrorist attacks, and federal researchers today highlighted current efforts to address some of the concerns.

Dec 02, 2010

Dec 02, 2010

Study: Airborne particles from coughs can carry flu viruses

(CIDRAP News) – The role of aerosols in the transmission of flu viruses has been unclear and controversial, but a new study that analyzed the size and content of particles from the coughs of flu patients found that particles small enough to remain airborne can contain detectable flu virus.

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