Agencies Release New Resources for Ebola Preparedness and Response
Earlier this year, OSHA, NIOSH, and CDC released new Ebola resources related to fatigue and personal protective equipment (PPE) for workers, employers, responders, and healthcare facilities. OSHA and NIOSH collaborated to publish a fact sheet on preventing fatigue among healthcare workers and responders, and CDC released guidance for U.S. healthcare facilities to ensure adequate supplies of PPE for Ebola preparedness.
The fact sheet provides information on worker fatigue and its effects, and highlights the shared responsibility between employers and workers to prioritize quality sleep. Employers will find information on developing and implementing a fatigue risk management plan, and examining shift lengths and workloads to ensure appropriate work-rest cycles.
CDC’s guidance on PPE summarizes the current supply situation in the U.S. and recommends approaches for healthcare facilities to increase PPE as part of their Ebola preparedness planning. View the new PPE guidance.