Concerns about occupational exposure to infectious agents are paramount to emergency first responders. The purpose of this one-day course is to help aspiring and current emergency first responders and Designated Infection Control Officers (DICOs) meet the requirements and responsibilities under applicable regulations.
Preparation and training should include a thorough review of the regulations and exposure control plans, but also hands-on exercises and best practices to keep first responders safe. In collaboration with fire districts throughout Washington, the University of Washington Department of Environmental and Occupational Health Sciences Continuing Education Program has developed a course that will cover hazardous infectious agents, key OSHA and DOSH requirements, example exposure control plans, post- exposure process plans, engineering controls/PPE, and practical decontamination and disinfection exercises for emergency first responders.
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Infectious Disease Prevention & Exposure Control for Emergency First Responders
March 9, 2020
8:00am - 5:00pm
Gail Chanpong is a Public Health Professional and a Certified Industrial Hygienist with varied field‐based experience with the Oil and Gas Industry and multicultural public health programs in international settings. She has a Doctorate in Public Health with a focus on infectious disease prevention. Since 2010, Gail has taught Global Health as a Distinguished Professor of Public Health and Fulbright Specialist with Universidad de la Sabana, Faculty of Nursing, in Bogotá, Colombia. In OSHA Region 10, she continues to contribute to Hazardous Materials / Industrial Hygiene short-courses at University of Washington and Shoreline Community College.
John Lynch, MD, MPH is an Associate Professor of Medicine, Allergy and Infectious Diseases at the University of Washington Harborview Medical Center (HMC). He is the Medical Director of the Harborview Infectious Disease Clinic, HMC’s Employee Health Center and HMC’s Antimicrobial Stewardship Program. His focus is on the prevention of healthcare associated infections, rational use of anti-microbials and employee health.
This course is designed for fire department medical services officers and medical directors, emergency medical technicians, designated infection control officers, fire department logistics unit personnel, emergency medical services network nurses, and those responsible for infection prevention and control in fire departments.