Daily Rules, Proposed Rules, and Notices of the Federal Government
This document is also available in hard-copy for all those that request it from the federal points of contact.
On October 27, 2009, DHS published a notice announcing the availability of “Proposed Guidance for Protecting Responders' Health During the First Week Following a Wide-Area Anthrax Attack.” 74 FR 55246. DHS solicited public feedback and received comments from 75 respondents, including responders, academia, political leaders, and government agencies. Respondents expressed support for the guidance, provided valuable technical feedback in
DHS and HHS are now announcing the availability of a revised guidance document,
DHS developed this guidance in consultation with a federal interagency working group that included subject matter experts in biodefense, infectious diseases, and occupational health and safety. The working group included representatives from HHS; the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), NIOSH; the Department of Labor, OSHA; and the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).
The revised guidance reflects the current understanding of the unique environment that would be expected during the first week of a wide-area anthrax release, and is expected to evolve with changes to our understanding regarding exposure risk, scientific developments, and availability of new environmental monitoring techniques. This guidance is intended to support ongoing planning and preparation efforts, as well as to lay the basis for plans to protect individuals beyond traditional first responders. This planning guidance will be refined as the evidence base is strengthened for determining exposure risk and the efficacy of protective measures. This guidance does not have the force or effect of law.
The DHS Office of Health Affairs is issuing the guidance document for public use on behalf of an interagency coalition.