The purpose of this supplement is to provide support for the conduct of worker-based training to prevent and reduce exposure of hospital employees, emergency first responders, and other workers who are at risk of exposure to Coronavirus through their work duties. The NIEHS Superfund Worker Training Program (WTP) will work collaboratively to develop and target safety and health training for those workers supporting the national Coronavirus response. Using our hazmat trainers’ understanding of worker safety and health protection issues, knowledge of personal protective equipment (PPE) usage, and experience in training disaster workers, WTP will coordinate with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), and the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) to provide awardees with material to develop an evidence-based curriculum that addresses the science of Coronavirus (clinical symptoms, mode of transmission, persistence in the environment, and treatment); infection control and worker protection (isolation/quarantine and PPE); working in the contaminated environment (sampling and decontamination); and behavioral health resiliency . The funding for this supplement is provided from the Coronavirus Preparedness and Response Supplemental Appropriations Act, 2020.
This Notice of Special Interest (NOSI) requests applications for FY 2020 administrative supplements to provide support to conduct worker-based training to prevent and reduce exposure of hospital employees, emergency first responders, and other workers who are at risk of exposure to Coronavirus through their work duties. Under the Infectious Disease Response (IDR) program the WTP implemented an infectious disease response training for workers across sectors who may be exposed to infectious diseases. The program, funded under RFA-ES-15-018 began June 1, 2016, and ran through May 31, 2019 and built federal capacity for biosecurity, biopreparedness, and rapid response to emerging infectious diseases, including developing an infrastructure of trainers and organizations who can be a resource during emergencies. As of May 31, 2019, program grantees delivered approximately 1,700 courses to 36,000 workers, with more than 145,000 contact hours. In-person trainings occurred in 36 states and one territory. A Pathogen Safety Data course was created and piloted to improve workers’ health literacy and empower them to perform job hazard analysis on specific pathogens allowing them to mitigate or reduce their exposure while performing their assigned duties.
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