Health care workers, emergency response and public safety personnel, and other workers can be exposed to blood through needle-stick and other sharps injuries, mucous membrane, and skin exposures. The pathogens of primary concern are the human immunodeficiency virus (HIV), hepatitis B virus (HBV), and hepatitis C Virus (HCV). Workers and employers are urged to take advantage of available engineering controls and work practices to prevent exposure to blood and other body fluids.
The Hazard Communication Standard (HCS) (29 CFR 1910.1200(g)), revised in 2012, requires that the chemical manufacturer, distributor, or importer provide Safety Data Sheets (SDSs) (formerly MSDSs or Material Safety Data Sheets) for each hazardous chemical to downstream users to communicate information on these hazards. This brief provides guidance to help workers who handle hazardous chemicals to become familiar with the format and understand the contents of the SDSs.
The resources on this page are intended to promote patient safety and increase the safety of the healthcare work environment through improved use of personal protective equipment (PPE) by healthcare personnel.
Health Information Technology (Health IT) has become a top priority in the US. The use of technology to electronically use and exchange health information securely between healthcare stakeholders will improve the overall quality, safety, and efficiency of health care delivery. Standards and interoperability are key. NIST is conducting research to help enable a health IT network that is correct, complete, secure, usable, and testable.
The Office of Minority Health and Health Equity (OMHHE) works closely with state, tribal and local governments, as well as nonprofit organizations to improve health status and eliminate health disparities among Americans of all racial and ethnic groups. The combined resources of CDC/ATSDR and its partners provide the vital link between policy and practice.
The NIOSH is providing national and world leadership to prevent workplace illness and injuries and to develop new knowledge in the field of occupational safety and health and to transfer that knowledge into practice.
Congress created the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) to assure safe and healthful working conditions for working men and women by setting and enforcing standards and by providing training, outreach, education and assistance.
This section provides information related to ICD-9-CM and ICD-10, including: updates to ICD-9-CM and ICD-10 (addendum), process for requesting a new/revised code, ICD-10 Coordination and Maintenance Committee meeting agendas and handouts, registering to attend an ICD-10 Coordination and Maintenance Committee meeting, official coding guidelines, list of new/revised and deleted codes, downloadable file of diagnosis and procedure codes and their abbreviated titles, and information on ICD-9-CM and ICD-10-PCS.