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Safety for an emergency responder

Emergency Responders

Emergency responder meaning and response of recovery workers need to be aware of all the potential hazards they might face while supporting different types of responses. It is essential for emergency responders to have access to training and information that provides basic, up to date and advanced knowledge associated to the events they will be working on. Preparation should be provided through all emergency stages, pre-event, during the event and post-event. Pre-event preparedness activities should include training, access to readily available information, field assessments, and equipment availability. Safety management tools should be supplied to responders to provide enough information to minimize potential deaths, injuries, and illnesses in preparation to respond correctly to an event, although updated guidance should be given throughout the duration of the response. During the event and on the post-event phase, it is important for emergency response and recovery workers to attend and clean up the hazards in a timely and secure manner, protecting their health in first place, in this phase the correct use of PPE and the recognition of hazardous environments plays an important role.

The importance of this information for emergency response and recovery workers, this topic page provides information on safety management, the USA Ryan White act, gives more detail on working with bloodborne infectious diseases, use of personal protective equipment and resources for traumatic incident stress.

PPE means

Personal protective equipment. Gloves, Helmets, HiViz jackets, Goggles, Boots, Overalls/ Coveralls, Harnesses, Life lines are all PPE.

Hazard means

Anything with the potential to cause harm. Environment, Chemicals, People, Substances, Structure, Work, Exposure, Fumes, Contamination, Fire, to name a few

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