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FAIR Toolkit Launch

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New Chemical Accident Reporting Requirements

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Prevent Underage Drinking: Have Small Talks

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COVID-19: Safer at Home is Working

People across the state of Wisconsin have risen to the challenge of COVID-19 by changing the way they work, play, and interact with friends and family. By staying Safer at Home , practicing physical distancing, and continuing to wash hands and cover coughs, Wisconsinites are making a difference and beginning to flatten the curve....
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Dr Michael Osterholm, head of CIDRAP, weekly podcasts on covid-19

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In case you haven’t heard these, Dr. Michael Osterholm, Director of CIDRAP (Univ of MN Center for Infectious Disease Research and Policy), has spent his life working with epidemics and he’s been giving weekly podcasts on covid-19 for 5 weeks. They are listed here:         Episode 1: How We Got Here...
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This memo was released by OSHA Friday evening….. https://www.osha.gov/memos/2020-04-24/enforcement-guidance-decontamination-filtering-facepiece-respirators-healthcare
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COVID-19 and Your Workplace: Getting Back to Work Safely Here are three simple questions: Does your organization have an updated infectious disease control program? Does your organization have training modules for supervisors and employees to understand COVID-19 exposures and best practices? Do you know the recordkeeping requirements for COVID-19? If you answered “no” to...
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Here is a link to details about reusable elastomeric respirator use in healthcare. This includes findings and recommendations from a compilation of ongoing studies. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8wd5Bx2fVDI This webinar provides an overview of respiratory protection and guidance surrounding supply shortages. This webinar also provides information on infection prevention measures, strategies for optimizing the supply of N95...
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Good webinar from Duke about their massive program to decontaminate N95 filtering facepieces

Good webinar from Duke about their massive program to decontaminate N95 filtering facepieces viewed here; https://vmw-oesoapps.duhs.duke.edu/N95Webinar/GMT20200331-190119_Duke-Healt_3840x2160.mp4
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Free Webinar: Workplace Safety During Coronavirus

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Free Resources for Pandemic Support form CCOHS

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Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) Supply Equivalents (from ECRI)

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EPA suspends enforcement of environmental laws amid coronavirus

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Recording link from yesterday’s COVID-19 Respiratory Protection Session 1 Webinar

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Access to the recorded session, pdf of slides, and to register for Session 2 Wednesday, April 1 at 3:00PM EDT:https://osherc.sph.unc.edu/continuing-education/seminars/index.html
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Webinar COVID-19: Protecting Health Care Workers –Decontamination & Reuse of Respirators

Webinar COVID-19: Protecting Health Care Workers –Decontamination & Reuse of Respirators

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The National Union of Public and General Employees (NUPGE) and Health Sciences Association of BC (HSA) released today a research paper focused on respiratory protection for health workers caring for COVID-19 patients. “Health care workers around the world are reporting that personal protective equipment guidelines are inconsistent and in short supply. As this pandemic...
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NIEHS ALL-HANDS MESSAGE**: PRESS RELEASE: COVID-19 Workers Get Training to Protect Their Own

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The Wisconsin Department of Health Services (DHS) and Public Health Madison & Dane County announced today that two additional people have contracted COVID-19 . Both had contact with the confirmed case reported earlier this week. Both patients are isolated at home. “This brings the total of confirmed cases to seven in just one week....
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The Wisconsin Department of Health Services (DHS), Fond du Lac County Health Department, and Waukesha County Public Health Department announced today that a fourth, fifth, and sixth person have tested positive for COVID-19 in our state. The Waukesha County patient was exposed while traveling in the United States and internationally, and is currently isolated...
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