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Emergency Management - Human Resource (HR) Requirements for Volunteers

Are organizations required to confirm health screenings for either licensed or non-licensed individuals who volunteer during a disaster?

Any examples are for illustrative purposes only.
No. Organizations are not required to confirm health screenings for either licensed^ or non-licensed^^ individuals when offering volunteer services to an organization that has activated their emergency operations plan, unless required by state law or facility policy.

^Licensed volunteers are practitioners (physicians, nurses, therapists, etc.) who can provide direct patient care, treatment, and services who by law and regulation are required to have a license to practice.  Other licensed volunteers (electricians, plumbers, inspectors) may provide unique services to help rebuild or restore a hospital or community.
^^Non-licensed volunteers are generally those individuals who are available to provide humanitarian relief or aid (local churches, community organizations) during an emergency or disaster incident.  Volunteers are a key resource for increasing the community's response capacity.  Some volunteers are affiliated with a voluntary or non-profit organization that provide unique roles during disasters, such as search and rescue, or conduct registrations, etc.    
Manual: Critical Access Hospital
Chapter: Emergency Management EM
New or updated requirements last added: June 13, 2022. New or updated requirements may be based on revisions to current accreditation requirements, regulatory changes, and/or an updated interpretation in response to industry changes. Substantive changes to accreditation requirements are also published in the Perspective Newsletter that is available to all Joint Commission accredited organizations.
Last reviewed by Standards Interpretation: June 13, 2022 Represents the most recent date that the FAQ was reviewed (e.g. annual review).
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