After careful consideration of the health risks posed by the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, the AOHP  2020 National Conference will instead be held as a virtual event. We very much look forward to convening our diverse community of employee/occupational health professionals to learn, share, and connect in a new format best suited for today’s unprecedented times. AOHP’s upcoming virtual conference is scheduled for December 3, 2020

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Thursday, December 3 • 9:00am - 10:30am
2020-001 Lessons-Learned: An Overview of The Ups and Downs of The Worldwide Response to The ‘Perfect Storm’ of Infectious Disease Responses Sponsored by Wy'East Medical

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Topic Overview:
Within healthcare safety, stagnant hazards can be controlled the same way as time goes on, while dynamic hazards require situational awareness to identify and control them in real time. Infectious disease exposures are among the most dynamic of all and, among them, have multiple different hazards and risk groups. In early 2020, the United States began battling one of the most dynamic infectious disease hazards ever, one that is testing healthcare’s ability to define those at risk, prepare the most effective policies and procedures, assess and procure PPE, respirators and disinfectants, communicate expectations and needs, and follow up in real time before exposures occur. There are many lessons to be learned from the U.S. COVID-19 responses, lessons that have the potential to improve many healthcare safety tenets and potentially prevent future exposures to not only COVID-19, but also to influenza, tuberculosis, and other infectious diseases. This AOHP panel discussion brings together subject matter experts from different functionalities involved in the COVID-19 response and aggregates their input, feedback, lessons learned, and advice for the benefit of all healthcare workers and patients alike. A panel discussion and Q&A will follow the speaker presentations.

  • Name the different at-risk groups pertaining to COVID-19.
  • Determine the hazard control needs, shortfalls, and limiting factors for COVID-19 responses.
  • Describe local system-wide occupational health surveillance tools.
  • Discuss logistics for occupational infection prevention and control.
  • Review the facilitation of successful elastomeric respiratory protection programs.
  • Ascertain communication methods for COVID-19 safety messaging.
  • Identify lessons learned from COVID-19’s leading and lagging indicators and investigations.


Marianne Cloeren

Dr. Marianne Cloeren, Associate Professor of Medicine, University of Maryland School of Medicine, will discuss a system she developed to track exposed employees across a system with multiple employers.

Jim Chang

Jim Chang, Safety Director of the University of Maryland Medical Center and a Certified Industrial Hygienist, will discuss the logistics behind turning a traditional hospital unit into an isolation unit under negative pressure.

Stella Hines

Dr. Stella Hines, of the University of Maryland School of Medicine, will discuss what her team has learned from their previous work with elastomeric respirators, and what issues must be addressed to facilitate a successful elastomeric program.
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Cory Worden has worked in the development, implementation, and management of safety, health, environmental, emergency management, and training programs for over 15 years and has a wealth of experience in the military, manufacturing, municipal government, and healthcare. He is currently... Read More →


Thursday December 3, 2020 9:00am - 10:30am EST