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.
SESSIONS / SPEAKERS:
Canada – Lessons from the Past and the Importance of an Elimination Strategy
Laurence Svirchev, CIH, American Industrial Hygiene Association (AIHA), International Affairs Committee, Ambassador to China, British Columbia (BC), Canada
Vivian Danping Sheng, B. Med; American Industrial Hygiene Association (AIHA); Dipl. OHS, BC Institute of Technology
Lessons From Australia
Kate Cole, President-elect of AIOH
Kevin Hedges, former President and board member of Workplace Health Without Borders (WHWB)
US OSHA Update plus Building Programs to Protect Workers
Jonathan Rosen, MS. CIH, National Clearinghouse for Worker Safety and Health Training
Recognizing the Occupational Health Role in Prevention and Ideas for a Canadian National Standard on Airborne Precautions
Marc-Andre Lavoie, ROH (Former President and board member Canadian Registration Board of Occupational Hygienists CRBOH)
Note: View the resources from each session using the links above
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