Ebola Guidelines for Funeral Directors

Friday, February 13, 2015 3:30 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has issued updated guidance on the handling of human remains containing Ebola virus.


Here are the links to two documents recommended for use by mortuary professionals and supporting entities:

http://www.cdc.gov/vhf/ebola/pdf/postmortom-preparation.pdf

http://www.cdc.gov/vhf/ebola/healthcare-us/hospitals/handling-human-remains.html


Employers are responsible for ensuring that workers are protected from exposure to Ebola virus and that workers are not exposed to harmful levels of chemicals used for cleaning and disinfection. While most workers in the U.S. are unlikely to encounter Ebola virus or individuals with Ebola, workers whose jobs involve healthcare, mortuary/death care, airline and other transportation operations, cleaning and environmental services, law enforcement, and certain other tasks may be at higher risk for exposure.


Based on existing OSHA and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) guidance, OSHA’s personal protective equipment (PPE) selection matrix is intended to help employers select appropriate PPE for workers who may be exposed to Ebola virus through direct contact with blood or other potentially infectious body fluids from individuals with signs or symptoms of Ebola; objects, materials, and surfaces with Ebola-virus contamination; and exposure to bio-aerosols that may contain Ebola virus particles. 


The matrix covers examples of common exposures, but is not intended to prescribe PPE for every worker or exposure or discuss all PPE options. In all cases, employers must
identify hazards to which their workers may be exposed; provide appropriate PPE to
protect them; and train them on when and how they must use it, and how to dispose of or
decontaminate the equipment.


Click here for more information from OSHA on Ebola guidelines


Click here for copy of OSHA's PPE Selection Matrix