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1 NRT Co-Chairs 2005 Worker Safety and Health Support Annex to the NRP "One team, one goal...a safer, more secure America"

2 NRT Co-Chairs 2005 How Was the Annex Developed? Created concurrently with the development of the NRP OSHA worked with CDC/NIOSH, the NRT, DHS/FEMA and others to obtain broad based support Principles based upon Lessons Learned from WTC and Anthrax

3 NRT Co-Chairs 2005 Purpose Provide guidelines for coordinating responder and worker safety and health support activity during potential or actual Incidents of National Significance. Describe the actions needed to ensure that threats to responders safety and health are consistently anticipated, recognized, evaluated, and controlled.

4 NRT Co-Chairs 2005 Workers at an Incident of National Significance are exposed to a variety of hazards, whether they are responding to a natural disaster or a terrorist incident Experience from World Trade Center and Anthrax attacks show that safety and health assets need to be better coordinated. A Worker Safety and Health Annex Is Needed because…

5 NRT Co-Chairs 2005 Responder and recovery workers are often focused on public safety and health. For responders to perform their duties effectively and to ensure an efficient response and recovery-- worker safety and health must be a high priority A Worker Safety and Health Annex is Needed Because… “Save lives and protect the health and safety of the public, responders and recovery workers” NRP – Top Priority Planning and Assumptions

6 NRT Co-Chairs 2005 Coordination of responder safety and health assets is often needed … –Where there are large or multiple sites –There are complex incidents with many responders and many safety and health assets –Incident Command may be overwhelmed by a wide range and large number of hazards –Incidents may present unique hazards, e.g. WMD

7 NRT Co-Chairs 2005 A Worker Safety and Health Annex Because ….. The Unthinkable Could Happen Again!

8 NRT Co-Chairs 2005 A Worker Safety and Health Annex Because …. Power Restoration Debris Management Temporary Roofing

9 NRT Co-Chairs 2005 “Risk Much to Save Much” Does Not Apply Here

10 NRT Co-Chairs 2005 Food and AgricultureInsular Affairs Cyber Response Terrorism Response Biological Response Nuclear/Radiological Response Logistics ESF #10 – Oil & Hazardous Materials ESF # 9 – Urban Search and Rescue ESF #8 – Public Health & Medical Services Science and Technology NRP Changes and Updates ESF #7 –Resource Support ESF #15 – External Affairs ESF #6 – Mass Care, Housing and Human Services ESF #5 – Emergency Management ESF #4 - Firefighting ESF #3 – Public Works and Engineering ESF #2 – Communications ESF #1 - Transportation ESF #14 – Long Term Community Recovery, Mitigation, and Economic Stabilization ESF #13 –Public Safety and Security ESF #12 - Energy ESF #11 –Agriculture and Natural Resources Private Sector Coordination Financial Management Worker Safety and Health Support Annexes Emergency Support Function Annexes Acronyms and Abbreviations Terms and Definitions Appendices BASE PLAN JFO, PFO, IIMG, HSOC NRP Annexes Hazardous Materials Response Catastrophic Incident Response Incident Annexes Volunteer & Donations Management International Coordination Public Affairs Tribal Relations

11 NRT Co-Chairs 2005 Annex Coordinating Agency: Department of Labor/Occupational Safety & Health Administration Cooperating Agencies: Environmental Protection Agency Department of Defense – - USACE Department of Energy Department of Health and Human Services - NIOSH, ATSDR, NIEHS Department of Homeland Security - USCG, FEMA

12 NRT Co-Chairs 2005 The annex addresses functions critical to supporting and facilitating the protection of worker safety and health for all emergency responders Coordination mechanisms and processes used to provide technical assistance for carrying out incident safety management activities Scope

13 NRT Co-Chairs 2005 Typically Incidents of National Significance (INS) Focused on WMD Incidents but could have utility at large natural disasters Coordination of Incident Worker Safety and Health Technical Assistance Core assistance modeled after assistance provided at WTC Does not cover public health and safety Scope

14 NRT Co-Chairs 2005 Policy NRP Emergency Support Function (ESF) #5 Emergency Management activates the Annex or activation can be requested by an individual ESF Worker S & H annex does not replace the responsibilities of organizations to provide for the safety and health of their workers On-Scene Pragmatic, Consistent and Accurate Responder and Worker Safety and Health Risk Management

15 NRT Co-Chairs 2005 Policy Premised upon cooperative and proactive work with responders prior to and during response Acknowledges that agencies retain their authorities To provide advice and technical support to the Incident Safety Officer within the ICS established

16 NRT Co-Chairs 2005 Concept of Operations Coordinates Federal safety and health assets to provide proactive consideration of all potential hazards Ensures availability and management of all safety resources needed by responders Shares responders safety-related information Coordinates among Federal agencies, State, local, and tribal governments, and private-sector organizations involved in incident response General

17 NRT Co-Chairs 2005 Organization Headquarters Level DOL/OSHA coordinates the Federal agencies that provide the core architecture for worker safety and health technical support during an incident of National Significance DOL/OSHA and cooperating agencies provide staff to support the Joint Field Office (JFO) Safety Coordinator/Incident Command Post (ICP) Safety Officer. DOL/OSHA and cooperating agencies also may serve as technical specialists in other JFO elements as required e.g. Operations and Planning Regional and Field Level

18 NRT Co-Chairs 2005 Concept of Operations: Pre-Incident Resource Development Consolidate information on existing technical resources & provide to response organizations i.e. reach back capability Work to ensure consistent responder training curricula Identify needs and develop and disseminate information on hazards and controls for potential incidents

19 NRT Co-Chairs 2005 Pre-Incident Coordination Coordination through existing organizations and committees e.g. NRT Creation of an NRP Worker safety and health support coordination committee Pre-incident planning guidance development and distribution Work with other organizations that develop and fund responder training to ensure their curricula are consistent in content and message for each responder level

20 NRT Co-Chairs 2005 Concept of Operations: Coordinate Incident Response Support/Services Site Specific Health and Safety Plan development Hazard assessment and site characterization (worker exposures) 24/7 Personal airborne exposure monitoring 24/7 Site safety monitoring Worker Medical Surveillance/Monitoring e.g. lead, asbestos, silica

21 NRT Co-Chairs 2005 Concept of Operations: Coordinate Incident Response Support/Services PPE program development & implementation Worker Exposure Data Management Labor Union and Contractor Coordination Site – Specific Training Psychological First Aid i.e. CISM

22 NRT Co-Chairs 2005 Challenges Ahead Integrate Annex policy and concepts within the Federal Interagency Response Community - At all levels Exercise these concepts and refine the Annex policy

23 NRT Co-Chairs 2005 The New NRT Worker Safety & Health Subcommittee Genesis: The 2004 Co-Chairs Meeting Discussions on S&H and the need for ESF # 10 specific support Mission: To Identify and Address issues related to Worker Safety & Health During Response and Recovery Operations

24 NRT Co-Chairs 2005 NRT Worker Safety & Health Subcommittee COMPOSITION & FORMATCOMPOSITION & FORMAT -Co-Chaired by EPA and OSHA -Membership Representative of the Broader NRT – USCG, HHS, ATSDR, NIOSH, USACE, NIEHS, CPWR, UMDNJ-Rutgers, Johns Hopkins School of Medicine -Existing ESF # 10 Worker Safety and Health Committee Incorporated -Monthly Meetings

25 NRT Co-Chairs 2005 NRT Worker Safety & Health Subcommittee Overall Goal : To be an NCP/ESF 10 Focused Responder and Worker Safety and Health Interagency Coordinating Body

26 NRT Co-Chairs 2005 NRT Worker Safety & Health Subcommittee Current Initiatives: - Technical Seminar on WMD/CBRN issues affecting Respiratory Protection of Responders and Recovery Workers

27 NRT Co-Chairs 2005 Evolving Issues that May Lead to NRT Action Proposals *Safety Officer Responsibilities / Qualifications Under the NIMS *PPE Ensemble Harmonization... - HAZWOPER’s A-B-C vs. NFPA *Using OSC Spill Reports to Proactively Address Safety and Health Issues

28 NRT Co-Chairs 2005 QUESTIONS??

29 NRT Co-Chairs 2005 OSHA Resources Available to Support an Emergency Response 1100 safety and health professionals; 260 Certified Professionals (CSPs, CIHs, PEs, Structural Engineers, MDs, & CHPs) ICS and CBRN trained professionals Health Response Team Comprised of Seasoned Professionals Four (4) Specialized Response Teams for CBRN ER/RRT Coordinators in every Region who participate –Regional Response Teams (RRTs) and –Regional Interagency Steering Committees (RISC)


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