More than two-thirds of emerging infectious diseases are zoonotic (transmitted between animals and humans) in origin, and animal agricultural workers can be on the “front lines” of a zoonotic disease outbreak. This unique occupational health training is based on a national training model for infectious disease emergencies. It is designed to help farms, agencies and other parties who work in animal agriculture understand and be prepared for zoonotic infectious disease outbreaks and emergencies using a "One Health" approach to cooperation between human health, animal health, and environmental health agencies and professionals.

This training will cover the risk factors and transmission modes for significant zoonotic diseases, and best practices for prevention of disease threats to workers and responders including biosafety, biosecurity, worker health, and emergency response. Approaches to highly pathogenic zoonotic influenza worker exposures, as well as preparation for a broader range of potential animal-related pathogens will be covered - including appropriate PPE. Different types of farms - and with a variety of species including poultry, swine, cattle, and other livestock - will be highlighted.


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Animal Agriculture Workers and Zoonotic Disease Emergencies

May 4, 2018
8:00am - 5:00pm

1660 S Roberto Maestas Festival St
Seattle, WA 98144

Training by the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS) Worker Training Program (WTP).
Sponsored by the UW Center for One Health Research and the Northwest Center for Occupational Health and Safety.

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Course Objectives

Upon course completion attendees will be able to:
• Describe transmission routes to humans for a number of important zoonotic pathogens including highly pathogenic influenza.
• Provide a practical model for occupational health services in the animal farming setting related to infectious disease preparedness and response.
• Discuss how human health care providers, veterinary providers, farm /producer management, and environmental management can best work together as a One Health team, in the case of an infectious disease outbreak on a farm or other animal agricultural facility: division of roles and responsibilities.
• Describe site-specific engineering controls and training to reduce exposure to specific infectious and chemical agents present at the workplace.
• Explain a response plan and procedures after suspected infectious disease exposure, illness and other prevention procedures.

Intended Audience

Poultry, swine, and other livestock producers, farm managers, workers, government employees in public health, agriculture, and labor departments, agriculture extension professionals, livestock veterinarians and veterinary workers, occupational health, infectious disease, and other human health care providers, and students, faculty, and staff in occupational health and
environmental health, veterinary medicine, animal science, and other related fields.

Meet the Trainers

Shawn G. Gibbs, PhD, MBA, CIH is Executive Associate Dean and Professor with the Indiana University School of Public Health-Bloomington. He has over a hundred peer-reviewed papers in industrial hygiene and environmental exposure assessment, focusing on environmental microbiology and disrupting transmission of highly infectious diseases. His research has helped determine national policies, procedure, and best practices to treat patients with Ebola virus disease and other highly infectious diseases; including patient transportation, waste handling/disposal, patient discharge, patient remains, PPE donning and doffing, decontamination, etc. Shawn previously held leadership roles in several organizations and centers, including development of the National Ebola Training and Education Center. He is co-PI of the Biosafety and Infectious Disease Training Initiative, a NIEHS funded consortium. 


Jocelyn J. Herstein, MPH is a Program Coordinator for the Global Center for Health Security at the University of Nebraska Medical Center. During the 2014-2015 Ebola virus disease outbreak, Jocelyn worked as a graduate assistant for the Nebraska Biocontainment Unit and led a national assessment of high-level isolation units. Her research has also included identifying gaps in infectious disease training for non-healthcare worker industries and gaps in infection control training curricula for American Red Cross disaster shelter volunteers. Jocelyn has published on emerging infectious disease capability assessment and training programs and is a doctoral candidate in Environmental, Occupational, and Agricultural Health at UNMC.

Training Agenda

May 4, 2018 Training Agenda
8:30-9:30 Transmission Routes for Zoonotic Pathogens—From the Common to the Highly Hazardous
9:30-10:00 The NIEHS Pathogen Safety Data Guide: Group Activity
10:00-10:15 Break
10:15-11:30 Response Plan and Procedures After Suspected Infectious Disease Exposure, Illness, and Other Prevention
11:30-12:30pm Lunch Break (on your own, lunch not provided)
12:30-2:30 Site Specific Engineering Controls and Training
to Reduce Exposure to Specific Infectious and Chemical Agents Present in the
Workplace & Personal
Protective Equipment and Demonstration
2:30-3:30 How Various Providers can Work Together as One
Health Team: Practical
Model for Occupational Health Services inAnimal Farming Setting Related to Infectious Disease Preparedness and Response
3:30-3:45 Break
3:45-4:30 Application of the One Health Model: Group Activity
4:30-5:00 Wrap-Up and Q&A