of the Anthrax Threat
(such as a suspicious package containing powder)
1. Determine if there is a logical explanation
for the "physical evidence" (e.g. suspicious package or
powder). Some examples may include:
2. If you determine that the "physical
evidence" came from a logical source and it is not suspicious, it
is unlikely that anthrax is present.
- If you receive a suspicious package, try to identify who sent it
and call them to ask about it.
- If you find suspicious powder, try to determine if the powder came
from a logical source (e.g. powdered soap dispenser, spilled baking
soda box, construction debris, etc.).
or medical observations
(such as individual cases of anthrax)
1. If one or more employees are exhibiting
symptoms of anthrax:
2. If no confirmed cases of anthrax are
discovered, it is unlikely that a credible threat of anthrax exposure
exists at your worksite.
- Encourage them to see a health care professional to evaluate the
cause of the symptoms.
- Many of the anthrax symptoms are similar to common illnesses, such
as the flu, and can cause unnecessary distress in the workplace.
(such as a phone call or letter stating that
anthrax has been used)
1. Call 9-1-1 and report the threat. An anthrax
threat is a criminal act, regardless if the threat is credible or not.