NIOSH Develops Emergency Responder Health Monitoring and Surveillance System
NIOSH, working with the U.S. National Response Team and a number of federal agencies, state health departments, labor unions, and volunteer emergency responder groups, has developed the Emergency Responder Health Monitoring and Surveillance (ERHMS) system. The ERHMS provides guidelines for protecting emergency responders over a full range of emergency types and settings. It is intended to be used by those involved in the deployment and protection of emergency responders, including incident management and response organization leadership, health, safety and medical personnel, and emergency responders themselves. The ERHMS consists of an NRT Technical Assistance Document and A Guide for Key Decision Makers. More information on the ERHMS can be found at http://www.cdc.gov/niosh/topics/erhms/.