Ebola

Photo Courtesy of Fredrick A. Murphy / CDC. Washington State is following OSHA and CDC for worker safety & health information related to the Ebola virus (pictured above).

Washington State is following OSHA and CDC for worker safety & health information related to the Ebola virus (pictured above).

Photo Courtesy of Fredrick A. Murphy / CDC

Currently, most workers in the U.S. are unlikely to encounter Ebola virus or individuals with Ebola Hemorrhagic Fever (EHF). However, exposure to the virus or someone with EHF could be more likely for:

  • Nurses, physicians, and workers in medical labs, housekeeping & cleaning staff, and others at medical facilities.
  • Ambulance personnel and others who transport patients
  • Clean up crews that service homes, airplanes, and other sites where contamination occurs
  • Humanitarian aid workers who travel to areas affected by infection
  • Medical waste transport and disposal crews to handle contaminated waste
  • Airport screeners, flight attendants, and others who could have direct contact with symptomatic individuals
  • Morticians and others who transport or handle bodies for burials or cremation

Precautionary measures for preventing exposure to the Ebola virus depend on the type of work, potential for contamination of the work environment, and what is known about other potential exposure hazards. Infection control strategies may have to be modified to include personal protective equipment (PPE) selection and use, administrative controls, and/or safe work practices.

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