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Update #2
OSHA fact Sheet

Cleaning and Decontamination of Ebola on Surfaces

Guidance for Workers and Employers in Non-Healthcare/Non-Laboratory Settings

Workers tasked with cleaning surfaces that may be contaminated with Ebola virus, the virus that cause Ebola hemorrhagic fever (EFH), must be protected from exposure. Employers are responsible for ensuring that workers are protected from exposure to Ebola and that workers are not exposed to harmful levels of chemicals used for cleaning and disinfection.

Guidelines for cleaning and disinfection

  • Immediately clean and disinfect any visible surface contamination from blood, urine, feces, vomit, or other body fluids that may contain Ebola virus.
  • Isolate areas of suspected Ebola virus contamination until decontamination is completed to minimize exposure to individuals not performing the work.
  • Cover spills with absorbent material (e.g., paper towels), then pour disinfectant on to saturate the area, and allow bleach to soak into spills for at least 30 minutes before cleaning to allow it to kill any virus or other infectious agents that may be present.
  • Treat any visible contamination or bulk spill matter with a suitable disinfectant (see section titled Disinfectants for Ebola virus below) before cleaning up and removing bulk material.
  • Ensure adequate ventilation in areas where workers are using disinfectants, including by opening windows and doors, or using mechanical ventilation equipment.
  • In some cases, the use of chemical disinfectants may require an employer to train workers about how to protect themselves against chemical hazards and comply with OSHA’s Hazard Communication, 29 CFR 1910.1200, and other standards.

Use appropriate protective equipment

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Update #1

October 24, 2014
City Of New York – Fire Department
FDNY Bureau of Emergency Medical Service FDOC

To FDNY Members:
Earlier today, EMS HAZTAC transported a suspected case to Bellevue Hospital; there was no breach in their PPE; HAZMAT did appropriate decon and we have just been informed that the blood test results from the NYC DOH are presumptively positive. As there was no breach in PPE, our members do not require quarantine.

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Fire Department of New York
October 23, 2014
Message from Fire Commissioner Daniel Nigro



To FDNY Members,
We have all been following Ebola in the news with great interest. I wanted to share with you what our department has done to prepare so that we may serve our city while protecting our workers.

To date there have been no confirmed Ebola cases in New York City. Earlier today, EMS HAZ TAC did transport a suspected case to Bellevue Hospital; there was no breach in their PPE; and we are awaiting blood test results from the NYC Department of Health (DOH.)

The current Ebola outbreak is concentrated in only three West African countries: Liberia, Guinea and Sierra Leone. Ebola can only be spread by directly touching an infected person's skin, blood or body fluids. It is not spread through the air or simply by being near someone who is infected. People only become contagious after they begin to have symptoms, such as fever. The only persons who have become infected in the United States have been nurses who cared for a very ill patient who subsequently died. That patient's family and other casual contacts did not develop Ebola,   demonstrating that this is a difficult virus to catch and that the main risk in the United States is to health care workers including our first responders (EMS and Firefighters).

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Message from Fire Commissioner Daniel Nigro


Effective Immediately, and in accordance with new guidelines issued by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), the following new protocols are in ·effect for response to suspected Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) cases:

  • Only HAZ TAC personnel in approved PPE will treat and transport suspected Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) patients. This includes any suspected EVD .case - regardless of patient status (stable/unstable).
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October 21, 2014



1.1 To establish procedures for response to and mitigation of suspected Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) assignments, while minimizing provider exposure.


2.1 This order applies to all FDNY EMS providers (EMTs, Paramedics and Officers) and Voluntary Hospital ambulance personnel who provide prehospital emergency medical treatment in the New York City 911 system.


3.1 Dispatch - based on current Department policies and procedures, a Telephone Triage Algorithm to help identify suspected EVD patients has been put into effect.

3.2 Response - when a Fever I Travel (FT) call type has been identified, Emergency Medical Dispatch shall assign the following resources:

  • (1) Haz-Tac BLS (dedicated) or Haz-Tac I Rescue ALS (non-dedicated), based on call type.
  • (1) EMS Haz-Tac Officer.

NOTE: The Citywide Radio Dispatcher shall notify the closest Deputy Chief of active Fever/Travel call types.

3 .3 On scene – Haz Tac members shall maintain body substance isolation and don their appropriate PPE prior to making patient contact.

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Member outreach to join CBTU “ Coalition of Black Trade Unionist – NYC”

CBTU is an independent voice of Black workers within the Trade Union movement, challenging labor to be more relevant to the needs of black and poor workers. 

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On September 21st over 300,000 people marched through the streets of New York, and labor was present. The trade union movement will play a major role in this movement to save the planet, because of our strategic position in society.

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President's Report

October 1, 2014

Legislation: As all elections in Albany will be resolved in November, we must prepare to push forward our legislative agenda. The 25 and Out Pension Bill for Fire Inspectors and our Chapter 96 Refund Bill are awaiting fiscal notes at the cities Actuary office. I will speak with Assistant Deputy Chief Actuary Mike Samet about the importance of expediting this process. We will need plenty of time to pursue a home rule message from the City Council. We will be meeting with the Brooklyn District Attorney Ken Thompson to discuss his support on our revised Assault Bill. The final drafts of our Lung Bill and MRSA (Methicillin Resistant Staphylococcus Aureus) Bill are still under review.

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October 1, 2014

Woodley & McGillivary: The lawyers of Woodley & McGillivary will be in our office on the following dates and times. Wednesday October 15th and Thursday October 16th from 9:00 A.M and 5:00 P.M and On Wednesday October 29th and Thursday October 30th from 9:00 A.M to 5:00 P.M. Woodley & McGillivary will be sending out notices to the membership regarding these meeting dates. I encourage all of the members who have been notified by the Lawyers to attend this meeting.

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