The Department of Environmental and Occupational Health Sciences Continuing Education Program at the University of Washington is collaborating with several fire departments to pilot a customized training that will cover infectious agents, key OSHA/DOSH requirements, exposure control plans, post-exposure process plans, engineering controls/PPE, and the duties of the designated infection control officer. The course will help new and incumbent DICO’s meet the requirements and responsibilities under the industry standard NFPA 1581 Standard on Fire Department Infection Control Programs and the Ryan White Comprehensive AIDS Resources Act of 1990 PL-101-381& WAC 296-305-02501 (5).

We are seeking a small group of fire professionals who would like to attend the course and provide feedback on the curriculum. The program will use educational materials from the OSHA 7200 Bloodborne Pathogens Exposure Control course as a starting point (as offered by the Pacific Northwest OSHA Education Center), as well as resources from UW Harborview Medical Center and the military.  A 'training exchange' panel that includes DICO's from several fire departments and Washington Labor and Industries will also share their expertise with the audience. We hope you will join us!


Bloodborne Pathogens & Infectious Disease Exposure Control for Fire Professionals

June 4, 2018
8:15am - 4:30pm

Tacoma, WA 98445

Our instructors:

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, infection control officers, fire department logistics unit personnel, emergency medical services network nurses, and those responsible for infection prevention and control in fire departments.