Part of the 2021 OCC-COVID Webinar Series
June 18, 2021
The reluctance of WHO, CDC, and equivalent health authorities globally to recognize aerosol transmission of SARS CoV-2 has often led to inadequate protection of essential workers and marginalized the role of industrial hygienists and other occupational health professionals in the response. How can we take the lessons from the pandemic to influence worker protection from SARS-CoV-2 and prepare for future aerosol infectious disease outbreaks and pandemics? Consideration of a permanent standard that drives both “preparedness” and “prevention” for future variants of concern (VOC) and future pandemics is warranted and will be discussed (building on the July 2020 Occ-COVID session “Assessing the impact of Cal/OSHA’s Aerosol Transmissible Disease Standards”).
In addition, this session will leverage leading international practices to “go beyond” public health measures with a focus on essential workers, including the critical role of worker training at every stage of re-opening.
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