Whitehouse Centers for Disease Control and Prevention US Department of Homeland Security - Federal Emergency Management Agency

Is there a list of essential industries and employees?

Yes. The Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) has a list of essential industries, available online.

Those industries include:

  • Healthcare/Public Health (i.e. hospitals and doctors)
  • Law Enforcement, Public Safety and First Responders (i.e. police and Emergency Management Services)
  • Food and Agriculture (i.e. farmers and food manufacturers)
  • Energy (i.e. natural gas and nuclear facilities)
  • Water and Waste water (i.e. water department)
  • Transportation and Logistics (i.e. trucking and shipping)
  • Public Works and Infrastructure (i.e. safety inspectors for public facilities including dams, bridges, etc.)
  • Communications and Information Technology (i.e. maintainers of communications infrastructure, such as wireless, internet and cable providers)
  • Community and Local Government (i.e. federal, state, local, tribal and territorial employees who support Mission Essential Functions)
  • Critical Manufacturing (i.e. metals, PPE, supply chain minerals and employees that support other essential services)
  • Hazardous Materials (i.e. healthcare waste and nuclear facilities)
  • Financial Services (i.e. banks)
  • Chemical (i.e. workers supporting the chemical and industrial gas supply chains)
  • Defense Industrial (i.e. essential services required to meet national security commitments to the federal government and U.S. Military)
  • Commercial Facilities (i.e. workers who support the supply chain of building materials)
  • Residential/Shelter Facilities (i.e. workers in dependent care services)
  • Hygiene Products and Services (i.e. laundromats, personal and household goods repair and maintenance)

While this guidance is not a federal mandate, and final decisions remain at the state and local levels, we firmly believe it can serve as a baseline for a common national approach in prioritizing essential services and workers.

Last updated March 29, 2020
Source: U.S. Department of Homeland Securitylinks to external site

See also: Workplace safety