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.).
If you cannot find a logical explanation for the "physical
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.
If a confirmed case of anthrax is discovered at your worksite:
- Notify your local health department. Call 9-1-1 if you are unsure
who to contact.
- Follow the directions of the health department and help them
determine if your workplace may have been the source of the
(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.
2. Notify your employees of the threat. Inform them to be cautious of
suspicious mail/packages and to report any potential anthrax found in
3. If physical evidence is discovered, initiate your Emergency
Action Plan (EAP).