Occupational safety and health in public health emergencies

A manual for protecting health workers and responders
This manual provides an overview of the main OSH risks faced by emergency responders during disease outbreaks and other emergencies, such as natural disasters, chemical incidents, radiological emergencies and emergencies involving conflicts. The intent is to assist organizations and workplaces to better prepare and respond to these events. The manual, which is particularly focused on needs in low-resource settings, provides technical guidance on good practices and procedures in establishing systems that can: 1) reduce occupational exposures, injury, illness and death among response workers; 2) decrease stress and reduce fears; and 3)
promote the health and well-being of health-care and other response workers.
The manual has three main parts. Chapters 1 to 3 cover managerial and technical tools and strategies for managing OSH in emergency situations. These tools include an OSH management systems approach for use in emergencies, an incident command system (ICS), OSH controls and standard precautions and their application during emergencies. Chapters 4 to 8 cover OSH hazards in different types of emergencies, such as outbreak situations covering clinical and community response settings, chemical incidents, radiation incidents and natural disasters, as well as conflict situations. The Appendix includes a collection of tools and resources compiled from various resources that are intended to provide practical support to users on different aspects of OSH in emergencies and outbreaks.

Source: http://www.who.int/occupational_health/Web_OSH_manual.pdf

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