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Latest Information: Post-mortem Ebola Guidance

Updated: December 3, 2014

Funeral homes routinely care for individuals who die from contagious diseases and are well-trained to handle these situations using universal precautions that protect the health and safety of staff and the community at-large. Given the serious nature of Ebola, NFDA knows that you are acutely aware of the importance of taking every known precaution – in accordance with the guidance that has been released by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention – should you be asked to take an individual who died from an Ebola infection into your care. NFDA has compiled a variety of resources to help you be as safe as possible when handling the bodies of people who have died from an Ebola infection.


NEW - posted December 1, 2014

NFDA Webinar: Are You Ready for an Ebola Call? Critical Actions & Key Safety Practices for Funeral Professionals
This webinar, which was recorded on November 18, 2014, will answer your questions about dealing with an Ebola death. It will identify the issues you must evaluate prior to handling a death, as well as the safest step-by-step practices to handle decedents.

Please review this this important introduction prior to watching the recorded session below (the introduction was not recorded due to technical difficulties; please review it for the information).


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OSHA

  • OSHA has emphasized that employers must comply with OSHA standards for bloodborne pathogens, personal protective equipment, respiratory protection, and other requirements including those that may be required by state OSHA plans.
      
  • OSHA created an Ebola webpage that provides information about the disease and how to protect workers. It includes sections on the disease itself, hazard recognition, medical information, standards for protecting workers, control prevention and additional resources. This page was created for healthcare workers and mortuary and deathcare workers, along with other occupations. It also contains links to the CDC and the NIOSH web pages on Ebola. Click the following link to visit OSHA's Ebola webpage: https://www.osha.gov/SLTC/ebola/index.html
      
  •  New December 3, 2014 - OSHA Fact Sheet: Ebola and Personal Protective Equipment
    OSHA just announced that it released a new fact sheet, based on existing guidance from OSHA and the CDC to help employers select appropriate protective equipment for workers given their level of potential exposure to the Ebola virus. The fact sheet is entitled "Personal Protective Equipment Selection Matrix For Occupational Exposure to Ebola Virus."


Helpful Hint: You can easily access this page, which will be kept updated as new information becomes available, by typing www.nfda.org/ebola into your Internet browser's address bar.