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
8:30am - 4:30pm

200 NE Moe Street
Poulsbo, WA 98370
Cost: $150

Our instructors:

Gail Chanpong, DrPH, CIH 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.

Marilyn Roberts, PhD is a Professor in the Department of Environmental and Occupational Health Sciences at the University of Washington's School of Public Health. Dr. Roberts recently lead a study that partnered with the WA Fire Chiefs to better understand the presence of MRSA in fire stations, and to help reduce risk factors.

SPECIAL GUEST SPEAKER - understanding and preparing for the developing Coronavirus epidemic

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.

In addition to our regular curriculum for this course, Dr. Lynch will be joining in via video conference for a brief update and Q&A session on the developing Coronavirus epidemic, and strategies for preventing its spread.


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.