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Thursday, December 3 • 11:25am - 12:10pm
2020-003 Emergency Preparedness for Those New to Occupational Health - Sponsored by Cority Axion Health

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Topic Overview:
The role and responsibilities for employee health professionals during disasters is critical in planning communication, care, and coordinated response for employer work populations. This not only conserves critical external resources, but supplements public health and emergency response efforts for the community. Upholding the OSHA General Duty Clause means responsible employee health professionals must prepare response plans in collaboration with other designated emergency response professionals during those times when providing a “safe and healthful work environment” extends into worksite or community catastrophic events. Creating plans and testing them in advance will help ensure successful outcomes for employees, employers, and communities. The purpose of this presentation is to offer occupational and employee health workers an entry-level, build-it-from-the-bottom-up process for establishing a worksite emergency response program. Too often, entry-level employee health professionals are thrown into the much larger role and responsibility of developing a disaster response program for their worksite. And, too many times, it almost seems like just another "box to check" in the development of a worksite emergency response program. Understanding the scope of what needs to happen when a catastrophic event occurs in the community, and for what size population, can potentially diminish casualty outcomes. By following a few simple steps, and being accountable and responsible for our own worksites, occupational and employee health professionals can strategize, prepare, and develop not only a strong, well-prepared worksite emergency response program, but a solid program that sustains the employer and employees with minimal, if any, drain on community services.
  • Identify three worksite departments to partner with in developing a worksite disaster response program.
  • Describe two areas an Emergency Response Team should be "up to date on" and why.
  • Specify three takeaways from the "Critical 10,"  and explain the importance of each.


Cathy Floyd, RN, BSN, MSN, DPA, COHN-S, CSMP

Cathy Floyd has been an occupational health nurse for over 25 years. She mentors occupational and employee health staff in both hospital and non-hospital industry. Board-certified as an Occupational Health Nurse Specialist, Floyd provides an entry level, down-to-earth process for... Read More →

Thursday December 3, 2020 11:25am - 12:10pm EST