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.