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ACOEM in Action: COVID-19 Response
Check back daily for the latest public statements, webinars, and publications from the American College of Occupational and Environmental Medicine.
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- CALL TO ACTION Take the WHO Survey: COVID-19 Interactive Skills Training for Health Workers. Help the World Health Organization develop digital, easily accessible learning applications aimed at enabling health workers worldwide to boost their knowledge & skills related to the COVID-19 outbreak. (March 28, 2020)
- CALL TO ACTION FEMA How to Help: Donations, Volunteering, and Private Sector (March 27, 2020)
- CALL TO ACTION Call on Congress to Protect Health Care Workers and First Responders From COVID-19
- FREE WEBINAR Friday, April 3, 2020 @ 11:00 AM Central (NEW DATE) COVID-19: Protecting Health Care Workers - Reuse and Decontamination of Respirators REGISTER NOW .
- FREE WEBINAR Monday, March 30, 2020 @ 11:00 AM Central COVID-19: Transportation Workers - Impact of Emergency Declarations and Other Occupational Health Issues REGISTER NOW
- FREE WEBINAR WATCH NOW: IOMSC - Occupational Health Measures in the Preparedness and Response to COVID-19 at the Workplace (March 23, 2020)
- FREE WEBINAR WATCH NOW: COVID-19: Protecting Health Care Workers - Lessons from Taiwan and Italy (March 20, 2020)
- FREE WEBINAR WATCH NOW: COVID-19 Update from Bob Bourgeois, MD, MPH, FACOEM: Issues for Commercial Diving Operations in the Gulf of Mexico (March 18, 2020)
- STATEMENT AIHA / ACOEM Joint Letter on Donation of Surplus Masks and Respirators for Healthcare Workers COVID-19 (March 24, 2020)
- STATEMENT ACOEM Letter to Vice President Pence: COVID-19 - Supply and Distribution of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) (March 24, 2020)
- STATEMENT ACOEM Letter to Membership from President Stephen A. Frangos, MD, MPH, FACOEM on OEM Efforts and Response (March 18, 2020)
- STATEMENT ACOEM Letter to Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) Urging the Department of Transportation (DOT) to Relax Commercial Driver Exam License Requirements in Wake of Federal Emergency Declaration (March 18, 2020)
- STATEMENT ACOEM Letter to OSHA to Urge the Issue of Additional Temporary Guidance Regarding Required Medical Surveillance Exams (March 18, 2020)
- STATEMENT ACOEM Advises Suspension of Routine Occupational Spirometry Testing During COVID-19 Pandemic (March 16, 2020)
- STATEMENT ACOEM Letter to Support H.R. 139, COVID-19 Health Care Worker Protection Act of 2020 (March 12, 2020)
- STATEMENT ACOEM Letter to Leadership of the House Education and Labor Committee (March 11, 2020)
Statement from ACOEM President
Stephen A. Frangos, MD, MPH, FACOEM
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Do YOUR Part to Slow the Spread of the Coronavirus
Even if you are young or otherwise healthy, you are at risk and your activities can increase the risk for others. It is critical that you do your part to slow the spread of the coronavirus.
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- Work or engage in schooling FROM HOME whenever possible.
- IF YOU WORK IN A CRITICAL INFRASTRUCTURE INDUSTRY, as defined by the Department of Homeland Security, such as healthcare services and pharmaceutical and food supply, you have a special responsibility to maintain your normal work schedule. You and your employers should follow CDC guidance to protect your health at work.
- AVOID SOCIAL GATHERINGS in groups of more than 10 people.
- Avoid eating or drinking at bars, restaurants, and food courts - USE DRIVE-THRU, PICKUP, OR DELIVERY OPTIONS.
- AVOID DISCRETIONARY TRAVEL, shopping trips, and social visits.
- DO NOT VISIT nursing homes or retirement or long-term care facilities unless to provide critical assistance.
- PRACTICE GOOD HYGIENE:
- Wash your hands, especially after touching any frequently used item or surface.
- Avoid touching your face.
- Sneeze or cough into a tissue, or the inside of your elbow.
- Disinfect frequently used items and surfaces as much as possible.
COVID-19 News and Federal Announcements:
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- CDC Issues Domestic Travel Advisory for New York, New Jersey, and Connecticut (March 28, 2020)
- Letter from HHS Secretary Azar to Governors Requesting Assistance in Expanding the Capacity of Health Care Workforce During COVID-19 Pandemic (March 25, 2020)
- CAOHC Recommends Audiometric Evaluations be Suspended Indefinitely (March 24, 2020)
- DOT’s Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration CDL Waiver (March 24, 2020)
- FDA takes action to increase U.S. supplies through instructions for PPE and device manufacturers (March 24, 2020)
- Temporary Non-Enforcement Period Applicable to the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA) (March 24, 2020)
- U.S. DOT / FMCSA Waiver in Response to the COVID-19 Emergency – For States, CDL Holders, CLP Holders, and Interstate Drivers Operating Commercial Motor Vehicles (March 24, 2020)
- CMS Approves Medicaid Section 1135 Waivers for 11 Additional States in Response to COVID-19 (March 23, 2020)
- DOT Issues Guidance on Compliance with Drug and Alcohol Testing Regulations (March 23, 2020)
- FDA and EMA Collaborate to Facilitate SARS-CoV-2 Vaccine Development (March 18, 2020)
- White House Coronavirus Task Force Guidance: 15 Days to Slow the Spread (March 16, 2020)
- U.S. Department of Labor Issues Temporary Enforcement Guidance for Respirator Fit-Testing in Healthcare during COVID-19 Outbreak (updated March 14, 2020)
- Why Outbreaks Like Coronavirus Spread Exponentially, and How to "Flatten the Curve" (Washington Post) (March 14, 2020)
- Federal Funding for COVID-19: H.R. 6074, CORONAVIRUS PREPAREDNESS AND RESPONSE SUPPLEMENTAL APPROPRIATIONS ACT, 2020
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Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) (Back to Resources)
World Health Organization (WHO) (Back to Resources)
- CDC Coronavirus-2019 (updated daily)
- What To Do If You Are Sick (March 25, 2020)
- Resources for Hospitals and Healthcare Professionals Preparing for Patients with Suspected or Confirmed COVID-19 (March 25, 2020)
- Interim Guidelines for Collecting, Handling, and Testing Clinical Specimens from Persons for Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) (March 25, 2020)
- Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) Burn Rate Calculator (March 25, 2020)
- CDC Interim Guidance for Businesses and Employers (updated March 21, 2020)
- CDC Interim Guidance: Get Your Mass Gatherings or Large Community Events Ready for Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) (March 15, 2020)
- CDC Guidance on PPE for health care providers (updated March 14, 2020)
- Interim Guidance for Emergency Medical Services (EMS) Systems and 911 Public Safety Answering Points (PSAPs) for COVID-19 in the United States (March 10, 2020)
- CDC What law enforcement personnel need to know about coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19)
- CDC Environmental Cleaning and Disinfection Recommendations (March 6, 2020)
- CDC Guidance for Use of N95 respirators past their expiration dates (updated February 28, 2020)
- CDC Interim Guidance for Healthcare Facilities: Preparing for Community Transmission of COVID-19 in the United States (updated February 29, 2020)
- Understanding the Coronavirus: CDC Webinar Recording (January 27, 2020)
Department of Labor (DOL) (March 24, 2020) (Back to Resources)
International Labour Association (ILO) (Back to Resources)
- WHO Health Alert brings COVID-19 facts to billions via WhatsApp (March 27, 2020)
- WHO Coronavirus Disease-2019 Pandemic (updated daily)
- WHO Situation Reports – Daily updates with global data about the epidemic (updated daily)
- WHO Courses on COVID-19 (updated daily)
- Rational use of personal protective equipment (PPE) for coronavirus disease (COVID-19) (PDF, updated March 19, 2020)
- Key planning recommendations for Mass Gatherings in the context of the current COVID-19 outbreak (updated March 19, 2020)
- WHO Mental Health and Psychosocial Considerations during COVID-19 Outbreak (March 12, 2020)
- WHO/WPRO: The COVID-19 risk communication package for healthcare facilities (March 10, 2020)
- WHO COVID-19 Occupational Health: WHO resources for protection of health workers and emergency responders (updated March 9, 2020)
- WHO: Getting your workplace ready for COVID-19 (March 3, 2020)
- WHO Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19) Outbreak: Rights, roles and responsibilities of health workers, including key considerations for occupational safety and health (English only) (undated)
U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) (Back to Resources)
Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) (Back to Resources)
Seyfarth Shaw LLP (Back to Resources)
Additional Resources (Back to Resources)
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Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) (Back to Resources)