The goal of this course is to introduce the Emergency Responder Health Monitoring and Surveillance (ERHMS) system to leaders in organizations responsible for planning and executing an incident response that optimizes the health and safety of response, remediation, recovery, and volunteer workers.
At the completion of this course, participants should be able to:
- Determine that each participating organization completes activities to ensure their emergency responders and volunteers have the required personal information, health screening data, and training.
- Ensure the data from these activities is made available to the ERHMS Unit.
- Facilitate the procurement of any missing/absent data by a direct survey of participating responders.
- Be certain the Incident Commander appoints an ERHMS Unit in charge of collecting and analyzing the responder safety and health data that is required by the ERHMS system.
- Facilitate collaboration and sharing of data between this Unit and other key components of the ICS structure, such as Planning and Logistics and the Safety Officer.
- Administer an out-processing assessment survey for all responders at or near the completion of their duties for the event.
- Ensure the ERHMS Unit will identify those responders or responder groups whose health would benefit from periodic tracking after the event, make recommendations regarding the most suitable method of tracking, and suggest an appropriate duration for health tracking.
- Facilitate the compiling of an After-Action Report for ICS leadership that should be made available to all responder organizations involved, so they can benefit from these insights.
The intended audience is decision-makers at the local, regional, state, tribal, and federal levels who are responsible for decisions affecting the occupational safety and health of responders.