NIOSH Emergency Responder Training Focuses on Long Work Hours
In December, NIOSH released an online training program to help reduce risks associated with long work hours and fatigue for emergency workers who respond to events such as epidemics, weather-related disasters, and earthquakes. According to the agency, the Web-based training can be completed in approximately 30 minutes and will help emergency responders better manage demands of emergency operations at disaster sites. Topics covered in the training include the dangers of working while sleepy and fatigued, personal factors that could lead to higher health and safety risks, and better work schedule design and other management strategies.
“Workers and their managers across many sectors—healthcare, public safety, utilities, construction, humanitarian aid, and clean-up services—need to address the importance of sleep and plan for it like other critical logistical items to carry out operations,” said NIOSH Director John Howard, MD.
The course is available on NIOSH’s website.