Guidance, Technical Assistance & Planning

Health and Safety

Incident Command System (ICS) 215A-Operational Risk Management (ORM) Form (2018)
The ICS 215A-ORM Form is a resource to help Safety Officers (SOs) and Assistant Safety Officers (ASOs), working with the Operations Section, in completing and communicating an operational risk assessment and prioritize the most significant hazards and controls. SO/ASOs can use the form during initial operational periods when incident command is scoping the incident and response activities and developing a formal safety plan. In addition, SO/ASOs may use the form to gauge the effectiveness of the safety program and/or evaluate a new activity during a response. The ICS 215A-ORM Form differs from similar forms through the use of MS Excel's auto-populate feature to carry information (e.g., assignments, hazards) from page 1 to page 2. The two-page layout provides additional space to capture the hazards and controls across the top of the form.

Smartphone and Tablet Response Applications (2014)
The purpose of this document is to encourage readers to explore the Android and iPhone/iPad marketplaces for apps and lists specific apps that have been used by individual NRT Worker Safety and Health (WS&H) Subcommittee members only as examples. This listing is meant for informational purposes only and is not a comprehensive list. The NRT nor its member agencies, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), U.S. Coast Guard (USCG), etc. do not in any way endorse, promote or recommend these apps. The views and opinions on these apps do not necessarily state or reflect those of the U.S. Government. Readers are reminded that the use of apps does not replace paperwork and documentation requirements and does not supersede applicable laws, authorities, regulations, policy or guidance.

Emergency Responder Health Monitoring and Surveillance

In response to the continuing need for health monitoring and surveillance for emergency response workers, a consortium of federal agencies, state health departments, and volunteer responder groups was convened by the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH). This set of guidelines and recommendations is the product of those deliberations. It is intended to address all aspects of protecting emergency responders and should be applicable over the full range of emergency types and settings. It is intended to be of use to all those involved in the deployment and protection of emergency responders, including incident management leadership; leadership of response organizations; health, safety, and medical personnel; and the workers themselves. This document was approved by the NRT as a Technical Assistance Document on January 26, 2012 along with the companion document "Emergency Responder Health Monitoring and Surveillance (ERHMS): A Guide for Key Decision Makers".

Emergency Responder Health Monitoring and Surveillance: NRT Technical Assistance Document

Emergency Responder Health Monitoring and Surveillance: A Guide for Key Decision Makers

For more information please reference the NIOSH ERHMS page:

Guidance for Managing Worker Fatigue During Disaster Operations

Volume I of this Technical Assistance Document (TAD) addresses worker fatigue during large-scale disaster operations, such as those following the Oklahoma City bombing, the 9-11 attacks, anthrax contamination, the Columbia Space Shuttle Recovery, and Hurricanes Katrina, Rita, and Wilma. Volume I is intended to serve as a hands-on manual to assist organizations with the development of programs and plans to address fatigue issues among disaster workers. The second document, "Volume II: Guidance for Managing Worker Fatigue During Disaster Operations: Background Document," summarizes the essential information compiled and reviewed by the NRT while developing its recommended approach.

NRT Worker Safety and Health Technical Conference (
The Technical Conference provides a forum to discuss current trends and topics, share information, and advance the work of the NRT Worker Safety and Health Subcommittee, which is to improve the safety and health for workers related to oil and hazardous material response and recovery. The conference fosters relationship building between the federal interagency, state, local, tribal and territorial agencies, and non-governmental organizations.

External Web Links

The Hurricane eMatrix (OSHA)

Work conditions change drastically after hurricanes and other natural disasters. In the wake of a hurricane, response and recovery workers will face additional challenges, such as downed power lines, downed trees, and high volumes of construction debris, while performing an otherwise familiar task/operation.

In this Hazard Exposure and Risk Assessment Matrix, OSHA provides information on many of the most common and significant additional hazards that response and recovery workers might encounter when working in an area recently devastated by a hurricane. This Matrix highlights a number of tasks and operations associated with disaster response and recovery. The Matrix is designed to help employers make decisions during their risk assessment that will protect their workers working in hurricane-impacted areas.

OSHA and Interagency Resources for Hurricanes and Floods (November 2017)
Developed by the NRT Worker Safety and Health Subcommittee, the Worker Safety and Health Resources for Hurricane and Flood Cleanup and Recovery list provides links to resources for safety officers and workers performing hurricane and flood cleanup and recovery activities.

Safety Officer Toolbox (EPA)

This web site is intended to support the Safety Officer (SO) in an Incident Management Team. It was developed based on SO positions and issues at a number of different responses to include: Hurricanes Katrina/Rita, Hurricane Irene/Tropical Storm Lee, Enbridge Oil Spill, Deepwater Horizon, & Hurricane Sandy. It is constantly being upgraded and expanded as new information, policies and procedures are developed. The purpose of the site is to create a tool box for SO, Deputy Safety Officer (DSO), and Assistant Safety Officers (ASO). This web site is intended to be updated as needed by field personnel who serve in the SO, DSO and ASO positions with current information and lessons learned as we continue to implement the National Incident Management System (NIMS).

The SO Toolbox contains resources pertaining to the following:

- Safety training and qualifications

- Safety briefings, factsheets and communications

- Incident Command System (ICS) forms

- Health and Safety Plans (HASP)

- Job Hazard Analysis (JHA)

- Other resources

U.S. Army Medical Research Institute of Infectious Diseases

U.S. Army Medical Research Institute of Infectious Diseases (USAMRIID) spearheads research to develop medical solutions—vaccines, drugs, diagnostics, and information—to protect our military service members from biological threats.

USAMRIID Reference Materials: Reference materials published by USAMRIID, including the Medical Management of Biological Casualties Handbook or "Blue Book."

National Institute of Environmental Health Services
The National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS), located in Research Triangle Park, North Carolina, is one of 27 research institutes and centers that comprise the National Institutes of Health (NIH),  U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS). The mission of the NIEHS is to discover how the environment affects people in order to promote healthier lives.

Morbidity & Mortality Weekly Report (CDC)
Often called “the voice of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC),” the Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report (MMWR) series is the agency’s primary vehicle for scientific publication of timely, reliable, authoritative, accurate, objective, and useful public health information and recommendations.

Transportation Safety Institute (DOT)
The Transportation Safety Institute (TSI), a fee-for service organization that operates without a direct appropriation, supports the Department of Transportation’s (DOT's) goal to reduce transportation-related deaths and injuries through quality instruction to those entrusted with enforcement and committed to compliance.

Canadian Centre for Occupational Health & Safety Services
Established in 1978, Canadian Centre for Occupational Health & Safety Services (CCOHS) promotes the total well-being - physical, psychosocial and mental health - of working Canadians by providing information, training, education, management systems and solutions that support health, safety and wellness programs.

Ionizing Radiation (OSHA)

Emergency Preparedness and Response Resources (NIOSH)
Workers are a common denominator at any disaster or novel emergency event. Protecting the health and safety of these workers by preventing diseases, injuries, and fatalities is a National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) Emergency Preparedness and Response Program priority. This can be accomplished by ensuring that responder safety and health is addressed systemically during all phases (pre-, during-, and post-deployment) to make certain only qualified, trained, and properly equipped personnel are deployed.

National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) Pocket Guides
The NIOSH Pocket Guide to Chemical Hazards informs workers, employers, and occupational health professionals about workplace chemicals and their hazards. NIOSH offers four versions of the Pocket Guide: print, online, PDF, and mobile web app.


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