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Control measure

Monitor personnel exposed to diseases and infections

Control measure knowledge

Post-incident health monitoring may help to identify personnel exposed to diseases and infections. Some diseases and infections can have extended incubation periods; this should be considered when determining appropriate monitoring durations.  

Monitoring allows for appropriate medical intervention and may assist with identifying appropriate control measures to reduce the impact of future events.  

An appropriate healthcare professional should be notified if personnel have potentially been exposed to diseases or infections. They will be able to advise on the appropriate treatment or monitoring, based on the type of incident and level of exposure.

Strategic actions

Fire and rescue services should:
  • Carry out post-incident health monitoring 

  • Establish access to an appropriate healthcare professional for advice on treatment or monitoring of personnel 

Tactical actions

Incident commanders should:
  • Record details of personnel who have potentially been exposed to diseases or infections, and notify the appropriate healthcare professional

  • Ensure personnel understand the need to report any exposure to potential diseases or infections