Webinar Addresses EMS Workforce Safety Issues

Latest edition of EMS Focus webinar series highlighting national data on EMS provider injuries, as well as local and national efforts to prevent them, available at ems.gov

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While EMS workers play an important role in the health and safety of the public, they also face the risk of injury or illness on the job everyday. From ambulance collisions to exposures and communicable disease, there are a number of potential dangers that EMS personnel must take precaution against.

During a recent webinar hosted by the NHTSA Office of EMS, Audrey Reichard, an epidemiologist from the National Institute of Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH), discussed some of the research happening at the national level to better understand the scope of work-related injuries and illnesses in EMS.

Also on the webinar were Mike Szczygiel, chair of the National Association of EMTs Health and Safety Committee, and Bryan McRay, director of safety and risk management for the Richmond Ambulance Authority in Richmond, Virginia.

A full recap of the webinar is available at EMS1.com.

To watch a recording of the webinar and previous EMS Focus webinars, visit the Office of EMS’ YouTube page.