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COVID-19 Workforce Protection Resources
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May 20, 2020

Topic Collection: COVID-19 Workforce Protection Resources

This webpage provides a list of resources related to workforce protection during the COVID-19 pandemic response. It includes federal and non-federal guidance, checklists, and trainings in relation to both preparedness and response. This webpage may be useful for professionals tasked with ensuring the health and safety of the healthcare workforce, including healthcare administrators, occupational health providers, infection control practitioners, safety personnel, and other workers in healthcare settings. 

Please refer to CDC’s Coronavirus Disease 2019 webpage for the most up-to-date clinical guidance on COVID19 outbreak management.

If you are a decision-maker and have COVID-19 promising practices, plans, tools, or templates to share with your peers, please visit the ASPR TRACIE Information Exchange COVID-19 Information Sharing Page (registration required) and place your resources under the relevant topic area. Resources specific to decision-making on healthcare workforce can be placed under the COVID-19 Workforce Virtual Toolkit Topic.  

NOTE: inclusion of any reference in this document does not constitute an endorsement, acknowledgment, or suggestion that the reference is the only or best example for that topic. References are included as examples which were provided as suggestions at the time the document was developed.

All guidance posted is accessible to the public, and non-federal resources are noted with an asterisk (*). Linking to a non-federal website does not constitute an endorsement by the U.S. government, or any of its employees, of the information and/or products presented on that site.

Information and Training for Workers in the Healthcare Workforce: All Healthcare Workers


American College of Occupational and Environmental Medicine. (2020). COVID-19 Webinars for Occupational and Environmental Health Providers*.
This website has links to multiple webinars explaining how to protect healthcare workers.
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Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. (2020). Using Personal Protective Equipment (PPE).
This webpage provides guidance and training on how to don and doff personal protective equipment (PPE), including a video demonstrating the appropriate method of doffing PPE.
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Emergency Nurses Association, the American College of Emergency Physicians, et al. (2020). What Healthcare Providers Should Know.
This webinar from ENA, the American College of Emergency Physicians, the Association of American Medical Colleges, the CDC and the National Ebola Training and Education Center provides information for health care providers on COVID-19.
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National Institute for Environmental Health Sciences. (2020). NIEHS Worker Training Program.
This page contains health and safety resources and multiple trainings for workers who may be at risk of exposure to COVID-19.
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Nebraska Medicine. (2020). COVID-19 Resources for Providers*.
This frequently updated page includes: information on use, donning and doffing, and decontamination of personal protective equipment; protocols and checklists; inpatient, ambulatory, surgical, special patient populations, treatment, and patient transport guidance; and other related resources for healthcare providers.
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Information and Training for Workers in the Healthcare Workforce: First Responders


This guidance applies to all first responders, including law enforcement, fire services, emergency medical services, and emergency management officials, who anticipate close contact with persons with confirmed or possible COVID-19 in the course of their work.
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This guidance provides information specific to law enforcement officers that may experience unique challenges during the COVID-19 pandemic.
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This webinar was recorded on February 24, 2020 and explains the latest updates on COVID-19.
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Preparedness Guidance: Healthcare Facilities


American Industrial Hygiene Association. (2020). Technical Framework: A Resource for Respiratory Protection Programs*.
This resource guide can help occupational safety and health professionals who administer respiratory protection programs, and includes information on fit-testing procedures.
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Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. (2020). Get Your Clinic Ready Factsheet.
This factsheet explains the steps clinics can take to prepare for COVID-19.
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This interim guidance outlines goals and strategies for healthcare facilities to prepare for and respond to community spread of COVID-19.
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This resource includes a short list of steps healthcare facilities can take immediately to better prepare for the pandemic.
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Preparedness Guidance: Fire Department/ Emergency Medical Services (EMS)


International Association of Fire Chiefs Coronavirus Task Force. (2020). Guide for Coronavirus Planning and Response*.
This guidance provides a general overview of the COVID-19 related recommendations available for fire departments based mainly on CDC and World Health Organization guidelines.
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Preparedness Guidance: General Workplaces


National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health. (2020). Hierarchy of Controls.
This website lays out the general principles of the hierarchy of controls, which should be used when prioritizing and implementing feasible workplace control solutions.
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Occupational Safety and Health Administration. (2020). Guidance on Preparing Workplaces for COVID-19.
This planning guidance is based on traditional infection prevention and industrial hygiene practices. It focuses on the need for employers to implement engineering, administrative, work practice controls, and personal protective equipment (PPE).
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Preparedness Guidance: Healthcare Facility Food Service Providers


This guidance webinar includes information about dining operations, staff reduction plans, how to best conserve personal protective equipment, social distancing strategies, and detailed communication plans for workers in healthcare food service.
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Preparedness Guidance: Long-term Care Facilities


Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. (2020). Preparing for COVID-19: Long-Term Care Facilities, Nursing Homes.
This guidance includes general strategies and recommendations to prevent the spread of COVID-19 in long-term care facilities (LTCF). This site also contains a preparedness checklist for LTCFs that can be accessed here: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/downloads/novel-coronavirus-2019-Nursing-Homes-Preparedness-Checklist_3_13.pdf.
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Reopening Buildings


American Industrial Hygiene Association. (2020). Recovering from COVID-19 Building Closures*.
This document gives building managers guidance on reopening buildings after the COVID-19 pandemic subsides to keep employees safe.
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Response: Behavioral Health Considerations


ASPR TRACIE has worked closely with ASPR At-Risk Individuals, Behavioral Health & Community Resilience (ABC) interagency/ external partner working groups in every disaster recovery operation for the last four years. One continuous knowledge gap identified during this time has been the need for information for front-line healthcare and social services workers to use prior to a disaster to recognize and reduce their stress levels and maintain resilience during recovery. These modules are designed for healthcare workers in all settings, but primarily hospital-based providers.
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The resilience of our Nation’s healthcare system depends on our healthcare workforce’s ability to report for duty. The actions listed in this document can help healthcare facility leaders protect workers’ psychological health and well-being.
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This document lists COVID-19-specific guidance and resources for in-patient and out-patient programs and facilities providing Medication Assisted Treatment (MAT) for individuals with opioid use disorder (OUD).
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Because the medical status of individuals with COVID-19 can quickly change to the point that they may need advanced life support (e.g., a ventilator), it is important for patients to have advance directives. This resource can help practitioners talk to patients about these documents using the "REMAP" framework (Reframe, Expect emotion and empathize, Map out the patient's values and goals, Align with the patient’s values and goals, and Propose a plan).
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Response: Environmental Health Considerations


Environmental Protection Agency. (2020). EPA’s List of Disinfectants for Use Against SARS-CoV-2.
This site lists disinfectants that can be used to kill SARS-CoV-2 and has a link to FAQs.
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National Environmental Health Association. (2020). COVID-19 and Food Safety*.
This factsheet addresses questions and issues that environmental and public health professionals may face when responding to food establishments during the COVID-19 outbreak.
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Response: General Considerations


Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. (2020). CDC’s Infection Control Guidance.
This webpage contains links to infection control resources for specific healthcare settings (e.g., LTCFs and alternate care sites), frequently asked questions, and information about hand hygiene.
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Response: Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)


American Industrial Hygiene Association. (2020). Proper Use of Respirators for Healthcare Workers and First Responders*.
This infographic explains how to properly wear a respirator and includes facts about respirators and COVID-19. It also includes practical reminders for the healthcare workforce.
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This town hall webinar addresses questions about ventilation, surface disinfection, respirators, construction issues, and occupational health and safety during the COVID-19 pandemic.
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Association for Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology. (2015). PPE Do’s and Don’ts*.
These flyers can teach healthcare professionals how to use personal protective equipment in non-surgical settings.
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Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. (2020). Counterfeit Respirators / Misrepresentation of NIOSH-Approval.
Counterfeit respirators are products that are falsely marketed and sold as being approved by CDC’s National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) and may not be capable of providing appropriate respiratory protection to workers. NIOSH posts information on this site to alert users, purchasers, and manufacturers of counterfeit respirators.
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Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. (2020). Decontamination and Reuse of Filtering Facepiece Respirators.
This website provides information about methods used to decontaminate filtering facepiece respirators. While these methods are not approved as a standard of care when personal protective equipment supplies are adequate, they may be considered to ensure continued availability during supply shortages.
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Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. (2020). Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) Burn Rate Calculator. U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.
This Excel-based calculator allows healthcare facilities and other workplaces to enter the quantity of their current stock of various types of personal protective equipment (PPE) and calculate an average consumption rate (burn rate). Based on the burn rate, they can estimate their remaining PPE supply.
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Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. (2020). Strategies to Optimize the Supply of PPE and Equipment.
This site has multiple links to help healthcare facilities and staff optimize their personal protective equipment (PPE), with specific guidance on the usage of gowns, masks, eye protection, and N95 respirators, PPE decontamination procedures, and responses to frequently asked questions.
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Occupational Safety and Health Administration. (2020). N95 Respirator and Fit-testing Enforcement Guidelines.
These links reference OSHA’s enforcement guidance for N95 respirators and fit-testing during the COVID-19 pandemic. The guidance is intended to be time-limited to the current public health crisis and discusses allowing for flexibility on annual fit-testing enforcement and re-use of disposable filtering facepiece respirators (FFRs).
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The U.S. Food and Drug Administration released this letter regarding respirators deemed inadequate for healthcare providers; the list of authorized respirators can be found here: https://www.fda.gov/media/136663/download
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U.S. Food and Drug Adminstration. (2020). Emergency Use Authorizations.
This website provides up-to-date links on recently passed Emergency Use Authorizations (EUAs). EUAs may be issued to allow for the use of personal protective equipment decontamination technologies, amongst other things, during times of crisis.
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Tools for Healthcare Preparedness: Healthcare Facilities


Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. (2020). Comprehensive Hospital Preparedness Checklist for Coronavirus Disease 2019.
This checklist can help hospitals assess and improve their preparedness for responding to a community-wide outbreak of COVID-19.
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Office of the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response. (2020). COVID-19 Healthcare Planning Checklist. U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.
This checklist identifies activities that various healthcare settings may undertake to prepare for, respond to, and be resilient in the face of COVID-19.
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Workplace Policies and Human Resources: General Guidance


CISA developed, in collaboration with other agencies, an “Essential Critical Infrastructure Workforce” advisory list. This list is intended to help jurisdiction officials as they work to protect their communities, while ensuring continuity of functions critical to public health and safety.
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Office of Personnel Management. (2020). Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19).
This site has multiple links related to federal workers and COVID-19.
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Workplace Policies and Human Resources: Management of Healthcare Workers in Specialty Populations


Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. (2020). Workers in Dental Settings.
This interim guidance provides information to healthcare providers with unique challenges in dental settings.
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Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. (2020). Workers in Inpatient Obstetric Facilities.
This interim guidance provides information specific to protecting workers in an inpatient obstetric facility.
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Vanderbilt University. (2020). Pregnant Healthcare Workers*.
Pregnant healthcare workers may be stressed while working in healthcare facilities during the COVID-19 pandemic. This guidance explains what is known about COVID-19 and pregnancy and how workers can protect themselves and their unborn child.
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