Ebola Update for AFSCME Members
The American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees is concerned about the Ebola outbreak, just like the rest of the nation. But unlike the concerned public, AFSCME members are on the frontlines providing vital healthcare services to the public, including patient care, emergency medical response, hospital triage and environmental cleaning services.
Ebola hemorrhagic fever (EHF) (sometimes called Ebola Virus Disease, or EVD) is the disease caused by infection with an Ebola virus. It is a type of viral hemorrhagic fever (VHF) brought on by any of several strains of viruses in the Ebolavirus genus.
OSHA’s new Ebola Web page provides guidance for protecting workers from exposure to the Ebola virus. The new resource covers hazard identification and characterization, medical information, applicable OSHA standards, and recommendations for prevention and control of exposures to Ebola.
What you need to know about Ebola
The 2014 Ebola epidemic is the largest in history. This outbreak is affecting multiple countries in West Africa, and CDC has confirmed the first travel-associated case of Ebola to be diagnosed in the United States. About half the people who have gotten Ebola in this outbreak have died. Although the risk of Ebola spreading in the United States is very low, CDC and its partners are taking actions to prevent this from happening.
- Safe Handling, Treatment, Transport and Disposal of Ebola-Contaminated Waste
- OSHA Personal Protective Equipment Selection Matrix
- AFSCME Fact Sheet: Protecting Health Care Workers from Exposure to Ebola
- AFSCME Fact Sheet: Ebola and General Exposure Protections for Workers
- OSHA Ebola Information Page
- CDC Ebola Page
- CDC: What you need to know about Ebola
- CDC: Tightened Guidance for U.S. Healthcare Workers on Personal Protective Equipment for Ebola
- VIDEO: HEP | PQC: Ebola Educational Session
- CDC: Caring for Suspected or Confirmed Patients with Ebola
- CDC: Key Messages – Ebola Virus Disease, West Africa
- CDC: Interim Guidance for Specimen Collection, Transport, Testing, and Submission for Patients with Suspected Infection with Ebola Virus Disease
- CDC: Sequence for putting on personal protective equipment (PPE)
- CDC: Ebola Factsheet
- CDC: Checklist – Hospital Preparedness for Ebola
- CDC: Template - Ebola Screening Criteria for Emergency Departments
- CDC: Checklist - Healthcare Facility Preparedness for Ebola
- CDC: Checklist - Healthcare Provider Preparedness for Ebola
- CDC: Checklist - Healthcare Coalitions Preparedness for Ebola
- CDC: Checklist - Emergency Medical Services (EMS) Preparedness for Ebola
- CDC: Template - Ebola Screening Criteria for EMS
- CDC: Self-Assessment for State and Local Public Health Officials - Top 10 Ebola Response Planning Tips
- CDC: Ebola Medical Waste Management
- CDC: Ebola Virus Disease (Ebola) Algorithm for Evaluation of the Returned Traveler
- Cal/OSHA Updates its Guidance for Protecting Workers in Inpatient Health Care Settings from Ebola
- Cal/OSHA Guidance on Ebola Virus for Hospitals