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Statement from the National Safety Council urging employers with risk of exposure to prepare for Ebola contamination

Itasca, IL, Oct. 21, 2014 – The National Safety Council urges employers in the health care sector, and those most likely to come into contact with the Ebola virus, to prepare staff on the proper protocols of identifying and treating persons affected with the Ebola virus before contamination occurs. Exposure to Ebola is a threat that any workplace could face so employers, particularly those with a high risk of exposure, need to be prepared.

Employers need to assess their risk of Ebola exposure and assure procedures are in place to effectively control transmission. Training and practice is imperative for all employees who could be exposed to the virus including part-time, temporary and contract workers. Workplace training should include, but not be limited to:

  • Wearing protective clothing, including masks, gloves, gowns and eye protection
  • Practicing proper infection control and sterilization measures
  • Isolating patients with Ebola from other patients
  • Avoiding direct contact with the bodies of people who have died from Ebola
  • Notifying health officials if you have had direct contact with the blood or body fluids

Employers must maintain that their protocols for handling and disposing of medical waste are compliant with the OSHA Bloodborne Pathogen standard and Department of Transportation Hazardous Materials Regulations. For more information, go to cdc.gov, OSHA.gov and who.int.

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Contact: Kathy Lane
NSC Communications Director
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kathy.lane@nsc.org

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