The Hazardous Exposure Listing Program (HELP) allows you to document all exposures that may potentially cause you physical problems years into the future. Every police officer has been exposed to many different substances and infectious diseases that may not manifest medical symptoms for many years.
Why is this a problem? When these injuries or illnesses are finally diagnosed, it is critical that you have the relevant information to show some nexus between the original exposure and the injury.
Our confidential program can help you establish this important link when seeking care and treatment from your employer for this job-related injury or illness.
You should fill out an exposure report form anytime you:
- Inhale any amount of smoke from any type of fire
- Are exposed to a communicable disease
- Have direct skin contact with a patient’s blood or other body fluids
- Are exposed to hazardous materials
- Experience any medical symptoms such as nausea, cough, skin irritation, etc., either during and/or after an incident
- Incur a needle stick
- Are exposed to anything you physically feel
How do I join?
Joining is as easy as logging onto the PORAC website and accessing the special HELP program area. Fill out the brief registration form and select a password of your choosing that will allow future access to the program. That is all that you need to do to get started.
When an incident occurs, just log on and fill in the blank spaces with as much information as you have. PORAC will retain that information for you to access at any future time. If you ever find yourself in need of the information, just download it and you are all set. If you don’t have computer access, we can still assist you: Just contact us at PORAC Headquarters.
What does it cost?
The best part about this program is that it is free to all PORAC members.
What type of information will I need to make a report?
When you log on, just scroll down and fill in the information related to the incident, both inside and outside the department; log the crime report or report of the incident; track, if any, supervisors or medical personnel who were involved in the incident; and record any chemical or biotoxins present, with the length of exposure. This is just a sample of the information we can store for you.