“If you work in a critical
infrastructure industry, as defined by the Department of Homeland Security,
such as health care services, pharmaceuticals and food supply, you have a
special responsibility to maintain your normal work schedule” ~ President Donald
According to the U.S. Department of Homeland
Security (DHS) and the Cybersecurity
& Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA), there are 14 employment
categories that have been identified as Essential Critical Infrastructure
Workers. The categories are listed below.
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CARE, PUBLIC HEALTH & PHARMACEUTICAL - Hospitals and
laboratories, caregivers, mental health workers, doctors, nurses,
researchers, pharmacists, dentists, social workers, technicians, as well as
funeral home and cemetery workers.
ENFORCEMENT, PUBLIC SAFETY & FIRST RESPONDERS - Emergency management personnel, including police officers,
firefighters, paramedics, emergency medical technicians, 911 call centers and emergency service
& AGRICULTURE - Food and agriculture workers include
those who work in grocery stores, pharmacies, restaurants (including delivery
drivers), company cafeterias, animal agriculture workers, and the food and
beverage industries. Farmers, food processing workers, warehouse workers, and
food truck delivery drivers are also on the list.
- This category includes utilities,
telecommunications staffers, natural gas/propane workers, the electricity
industry, engineers, cybersecurity/risk management staff, and environmental
& WASTEWATER - Operations and
maintenance for drinking water and wastewater/drainage infrastructure.
& LOGISTICS - This includes mass transit,
auto repair and maintenance, trash collection, postal and shipping, air traffic control, air transportation, dispatchers,
maintenance and repair technicians, warehouse workers, truck stop and rest area
workers, and workers who maintain and inspect infrastructure.
WORKS - Public works employees who operate, inspect
and maintain dams, locks, levees, and bridges. This also includes workers who
oversee sewer main breaks, traffic signals and buried/underground utilities.
MANUFACTURING - Workers necessary for the
manufacturing of materials and products needed for medical supply chains,
transportation, energy, communications, food and agriculture, chemical
manufacturing, nuclear facilities, the operation of dams, water and wastewater
treatment, emergency services, and the defense industrial base.
MATERIALS - Workers at nuclear facilities,
workers managing medical waste, workers managing waste from pharmaceuticals and
medical material production, and workers at laboratories processing test kits.
- Workers supporting the chemical and
industrial gas supply chains, including workers at chemical manufacturing
plants, workers in laboratories, workers at distribution facilities, workers
who transport basic raw chemical materials to the producers of industrial and
consumer goods, including hand sanitizers, food and food additives,
pharmaceuticals, textiles, and paper products.
INDUSTRIAL BASE - Workers who support the essential
services required to meet national security commitments to the federal
government and U.S. military. These individuals, include but are not limited to
aerospace; mechanical and software engineers, manufacturing/production workers;
IT support; security staff; security personnel; intelligence support, aircraft
and weapon systems mechanics and maintainers.
Personnel working for companies, and
their subcontractors, who perform under contract to the Department of Defense
providing materials and services to the Department of Defense, as well as
government-owned/contractor-operated and government-owned/government-operated
& INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY - Technicians,
operators, call centers, wire-line and wireless providers, cable service
providers, satellite operations, and manufacturers and distributors of
communications equipment. Workers who support radio, television, and media
service, including news reporters, studio, and technicians for news gathering
and reporting, are also included in this category, as well as data center
operators, HVAC and electrical engineers, security personnel, IT managers,
software and hardware engineers, and database administrators.
GOVERNMENT OPERATIONS & ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS - Elections personnel, building employees, security staff,
trade officials, weather forecasters, customs workers, and educators.
SERVICES - Bank employees and other
financial/lending institutions, as well as those needed to keep ATM services
available to consumers.