First responders and other emergency workers face serious health and safety
hazards when working disasters and emergency incidents, and their employers
should take steps to monitor their health and safety. Unfortunately, this is not
The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) provides tools
for health and safety monitoring through the
U.S. National Response Team (NRT)
Emergency Responder Health Monitoring and Surveillance
(ERHMS) system, which
includes guidelines for protecting emergency responders involved in various
emergencies and settings, training, manuals, software, studies and other supporting
he ERHMS System Training course provides necessary tools for implementing
health monitoring and surveillance of emergency response workers and outlines
important procedures during pre-deployment, deployment, and post-deployment
activities, including credentialing, risk communication and after-action assessments.
The ERHMS System – Leadership Training course introduces the ERHMS system
to those responsible for planning and executing incident response activities. The
intended audience includes local, regional, state, tribal and federal personnel who
are responsible for the occupational safety and health of first responders and
others who work disaster cleanup and recovery.
Both courses are free online and provide Continuing Education Units (CEUs).
Anyone involved with the deployment and protection of emergency workers is
encouraged to take the courses and also to review the other
available on the NIOSH website