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Avian Influenza (Bird Flu) Resources

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You can address your concerns to the IBT Safety and Health Department at (202) 624-6960, or [email protected].

The IBT Safety and Health Fact Sheet, Avian influenza (bird flu): Protecting workers from exposure addresses risks and protective measures for Teamster members in various occupations.

The following information on avian flu is available through several federal agencies, private-public collaboration, and international organizations:

OSHA Guidance Update for Protecting Workers against Avian Flu Viruses-English (Nov. 14, 2006),

OSHA Guidance Update for Protecting Workers against Avian Flu Viruses-Spanish (Nov. 14, 2006),

Avian Influenza: Protecting Poultry Workers at Risk (Dec. 13, 2004),

  • The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) provides information for worker preparedness at Avian Influenza: Protecting Workers from Exposure.
  • The United states Department of Agriculture’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) Directive 6800.1, 5/10/06, Ensuring the Protection of Employees Involved in Highly Pathogenic Influenza Control and Eradication Activities, specifies APHIS policy to ensure the safety of employees engaged in highly pathogenic avian influenza (HPAI) control and eradication activities. The policy is based on the degree of risk known to be associated with various levels and types of exposures to HPAI viruses and should be considered complementary to avian disease control and eradication strategies as determined by State government, industry, or the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA).
  • The Delmarva (Delaware, Maryland, Virginia) Avian Influenza Joint Task Force, a joint effort of the public sector and private poultry companies, has developed a document, Interim Guidance for Implementation of CDC and OSHA Avian Influenza Recommendations (Oct. 17, 2005). This document provides practical guidance related to human AI infection prevention and control, including related to training of workers, basic infection control, use of personal protective equipment, decontamination measures, vaccine and antiviral use, surveillance for illness, and appropriate evaluation of persons who become ill.
  • The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has online resources for various occupational groups,
    • For protection of health-care workers involved in the care of patients in the United States with known or suspected avian influenza A (H5N1), see

Avian Influenza: Resources for Health Professionals,

·         The Washington state Department of Labor and Industries has a website on Pandemic and Avian Influenza.