Public Health Worker Safety

Protecting the Safety and Health of Public Health and Medical Responders/Receivers

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Responder safety and health includes protecting the safety and health of first responders, hospital/medical facility personnel (first receivers), and skilled support personnel, through the creation and maintenance of an effective safety and health program.

Evidence from recent disasters in the United States, such as the World Trade Center bombing in 2001 and Hurricane Katrina in 2005, indicates that first responders and receivers often suffer adverse effects as either a direct result of an event or in the aftermath during recovery efforts.

By the end of this training, you will be prepared to understand how to create systems to prevent, mitigate, and monitor adverse health events for responders during response and recovery.


CEUs: 1 contact hour (0.1 CEUs) awarded upon successful completion



By the end of the Protecting the Safety and Health of Public Health and Medical Responders/Receivers course, the learner will be able to:


  • List the fundamental procedures for family emergency preparedness, including preparing an emergency plan, an emergency kit, and staying informed.
  • Explain where public health staff health and safety fit within the Incident Command System.
  • Describe public health staff health and safety within the National Response Framework.
  • Describe the roles of different team members in worker safety and health.
  • Enumerate the basic safety procedures for common hazards in emergency response.
  • Explain the importance of using Personal Protective Equipment also known as PPE.



Capability 14: Responder safety and Health

Function 1: Identify responder safety and health risks

Function 2: Identify safety and personal protective needs

Function 3: Coordinate with partners to facilitate risk-specific safety and health training

Function 4: Monitor responder safety and health actions



1. Model Leadership

1.1 Solve problems under emergency conditions

1.2 manage behaviors associated with emotional responses in self and others

1.4 Maintain situational awareness.

1.5 Demonstrate respect for all persons and cultures.

4. Protect Worker Health and Safety

4.2 Employ protective behaviors according to changing conditions, personal limitations, and threats


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