Disaster Preparation: The Safety Professional's Role in Planning for a Pandemic with a 20/20 Perspective
At the introduction of the coronavirus, Occupational Health and Safety hosted a webinar with Deborah Roy on the topic of planning for a pandemic. At that time, we did not know much about the virus, and CDC guidance was limited. Now, a year later, Deborah returns to present "what we know now."
This session will start with an overview of the virus, specifically how it is now believed to be transmitted, asymptomatic versus symptomatic cases, and new strains. It will address the latest CDC guidance, including a 10-day quarantine and the need for continued use of masks/distancing. The presentation will address regulatory approaches by Federal OSHA and some state plans. Attendees will get a deeper dive into vaccination: what protection is provided by vaccines based on the studies so far, what FDA emergency use authorization means, the latest EEOC guidance on employer vaccination options, and how employers might approach workplace vaccination. Finally, looking into 2021 with a 20/20 perspective, how should safety professionals change their pandemic plans for this year and how should pandemic/infectious disease planning in workplaces change for years and years to come?
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DATE: February 25, 2021
TIME: 2:00PM ET - 1:00PM CT - 11:00AM PT
Deborah R. Roy, M.P.H., RN, COHN-S, CSP, CIT, FASSP, FAAOHN, became the 106th president of the American Society of Safety Professionals (ASSP) on July 1, 2020, serving a one-year term. She has been an ASSP member since 1993 and resides in Falmouth, Maine. Roy rejoined the ASSP Board of Directors in 2018 after serving as a director-at-large from 2015-17. She is president of SafeTech Consultants Inc., providing safety consulting for global clients. Roy has more than 35 years of occupational safety and health experience and is past corporate director of health, safety and wellness at L.L.Bean.
Roy has been involved in pandemic planning and response at worksites and at the state and federal levels for more than a decade. She wrote ÒPreparing for a Pandemic: Lessons from H1N1Ó published in ASSPÕs Professional Safety journal in 2011. Roy has been involved in COVID-19 webinars and podcasts to help workplace safety and health professionals navigate through the crisis and direct their own organizations.
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