Additional Resources for Federal Managers
In light of recent events, federal managers are dealing with anthrax and other bioterrorism issues in many ways - responding to employee concerns, reviewing and updating safety procedures, and trying to get the work done in spite of new obstacles and hazards. Though there is useful information for the manager on a number of Federal web sites, few managers have time to search for it.
General information about anthrax
and other bioterrorism issues:
From the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), a comprehensive anthrax fact and information site with a variety of links to CDC Health Alerts, Advisories, and Updates, and Public Health Emergency Response guidance.
From the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), a frequently updated site with information on anthrax and other bioterrorism issues. Some documents in English and Spanish. Useful links to other resources including the latest bulletins from the CDC and U.S. Postal Service (USPS).
From MEDLINEplus, the National Library of Medicine's consumer health web resource, daily updates on anthrax and other bioterrorism issues, with links from authoritative sites and news items from Reuters, Associated Press, and other news sources. In addition, the site features an interactive tutorial on anthrax.
Coping with Disaster/Violence/Stress:
Information from the National Institute of Mental Health on post-traumatic stress disorder, depression, anxiety disorders, and a special fact sheet on helping children and adolescents cope with violence and disasters.
From the Centers for Disease Control , questions and answers on handling mail at work and at home.
From the United States Postal Service (USPS), all the latest news and the complete set of press releases regarding the crisis that have been issued by the USPS. Also includes extensive guidance on mailroom security and updates on mail delivery in affected areas.
Federal Bureau of Investigation's (FBI) downloadable* color poster on identifying suspicious packages.
FBI's pictures of letters accompanying anthrax samples.
From the United States Postal Service (USPS), downloadable post card with tips on recognizing suspicious mail. English and Spanish.
Hazardous Duty Pay:
From the Office of Personnel Management (OPM), questions and answers on hazardous duty pay or environmental differential pay for potential exposure to anthrax.
Leave Administration/Health Benefits:
From the Office of Personnel Management - Questions and Answers Regarding Leave and Health Benefits related to Anthrax Testing and Treatment
Responding to telephone threats:
Federal Protective Service guidance on response to telephone threats. Includes specific anthrax information and downloadable checklists to use in talking with people who have called in either bomb threats or threats involving biological or chemical hazards.
Supervising employees with concerns about anthrax
Office of Personnel Management's publication, Handling Traumatic Events: A Manager's Handbook. No specific information on bioterrorism, but it has general advice on how to manage in the face of injury, death, and anxiety.
A joint Office of Personnel Management/General Services Administration (OPM/GSA) site with comprehensive information for supervisors and employees on telework, including information on the role of telework in post-disaster situations.
General Services Administration training, basic and advanced, on how to respond to an anthrax threat. In two formats - slides to download and registration opportunities for classroom instruction.
From MEDLINEplus, the National Library of Medicine's consumer health web resource, an interactive training module on what anthrax is, how it is contracted, what the symptoms are, and how it is treated.
Department of Labor (DOL) - Generally, costs associated with preliminary testing to determine whether an employee may have experienced anthrax exposure would not be covered under workers' compensation. Services to screen for or prevent occupational diseases can be provided by the employing agency under the provisions of 5 U.S.C. 7901.
This information was taken from the U.S. Office of Personnel Management's Web Portal for Federal Managers.