Symposium Sessions

Welcoming Remarks - Dr. John Howard, Director of NIOSH

Due to a scheduling conflict, Dr. Howard will not be able to attend the Virtual Symposium live. However, he will be pre-recording his special opening remarks – which will be delivered “virtually” to all attendees.

Keynote Presentation
Dr. David Weissman, NIOSH, Manager of the National Occupational Research Agenda Healthcare Industry Sector

Concurrent Sessions

Evaluation and Control of Ortho-Phthalaldehyde (OPA) in a Healthcare Facility

Dale A. Krageschmidt, PhD, CIH, Industrial Hygienist, Mayo Clinic and Jeffrey C Nesbitt, MS, CIH, CSP, Industrial Hygienist, Mayo Clinic

This session will discuss the risks of OPA exposure, applicable standards, and practical application of methods to identify, evaluate, and control vapors in a healthcare facility .

Managing Hazardous Waste at a Large Acute Healthcare Facility
Marcus W. Suhr, CSP, Occupational Safety Specialist, Christiana Care Health Systems
Management of hazardous waste at a large acute health0care facility is a complex process. While hospitals may not generate large quantities of hazardous waste, the sheer number of unique wastes complicates the process. During this session, we will review ways to improve compliance and reduce waste through written waste characterizations, sample testing, training, record keeping, certifications, solvent recycling, formulary review, waste minimization and identifying odd sources of hazardous materials/wastes that you might not be aware of.

The Impact of Building Design on Safe Patient Handling
Mary Matz, Department of Veterans Affairs
It is well know that when the biomechanical capabilities of the body are exceeded, injury occurs. Thankfully¸ there are many technologies/control measures that are available to take excessive patient handling loads off of caregivers. The most reliable and valuable technologies are fixed lift systems (ceiling and wall-mounted) that must be installed within the existing structural and physical constraints of a wide range of building designs.

Review of The Nurse and Health Care Worker Protection Act
Lori Severson,Senior Loss Control Consultant, Lockton Companies and Kris Hamann, Integra Health System
In this presentation, a review of the proposed Federal Legislation currently titled: The Nurse and Health Care Worker Protection Act, (HR 2381/SB 1788) will be provided. If passed the act would require Federal OSHA to create a Federal OSHA standard for compliance in U.S. Health Care institutions for the use of patient lift equipment for dependent patients (residents).  This presentation will explain the requirements of the act and outline expectations. 
The presentation will also cover the core components to a successful Safe Patient Handling program for a health care system.  Kris Hamann, President of  Itegra Health System will outline the core steps  to follow based a successful case study of a Minnesota based health care system in 7 states. 

Breathe Easy: Respiratory Protection Requirements Simplified
Mark Shirley MS, CSP, REA, California Pacific Medical Center
Respiratory Protection Programs (RPP) are designed to protect employees from exposure to hazardous levels of occupational dusts, fumes, mists, gases, vapors, biological agents and infectious pathogens. This session is intended to outline the components of RPPs as required by Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) regulations, specifically (29CFR 1910.134), and CDC guidelines.  Included in the session will be template forms (hazard assessment, equipment maintenance, medical surveillance, etc.) designed to help attendees build or refine their organization’s program.

Joint Commission Update
Susan B. McLaughlin, MBA, FASHE, CHFM, CHSP, MT(ASCP) SC Managing Director, MSL Healthcare Consulting, Inc.

Reducing Healthcare Workers' Hazardous Drugs Exposure: Issues and Challenges
Marty Polovich, PhD, RN, AOCN, Associate Director, Clinical Practice, Duke Oncology Network
This presentation will provide an overview of the current recommendations for minimizing healthcare workers’ exposure to hazardous drugs. The need for interventions to control occupational exposure to hazardous drugs will be discussed. In addition, several barriers to implementing hazardous drug handling precautions in healthcare settings will be presented, along with suggested strategies for overcoming them.

Workplace Violence and Active Shooter in a Healthcare Setting
Joseph Bellino, CHPA, HEM, System Executive, Security, Memorial Hermann Healthcare System and Bryan Warren, Director, Carolinas HealthCare System Corporate Security
During this session, the speakers will discuss work place violence and issues involving an active shooter in a healthcare setting. The issue will be defined and practices for proactively preparing for and responding to such a crisis will be discussed.

Sharps Safety Devices and Processes: A Quick Review
Raylene Ballard, ECRI
This session will look at some of the factors to consider when evaluating “safety” devices for a variety of uses. We will also review some of the features of successful sharps injury prevention programs. Finally we will touch briefly on some of the areas that many healthcare facilities still have difficulties with – either personnel compliance or a lack of devices or both. 

Hospitals As First Receivers of Contaminated Patients

Paul Freibert, Emergency Preparedness Coordinator, Department of Risk Management, University of Louisville Hospital

An accidental release of hazardous substances is the most common disaster-like event hospitals face. If the release results in injuries or contamination, the victims typically receive their initial evaluation and treatment from the closest hospital regardless of the institution’s level of preparedness. Healthcare providers responding to a contaminated patient may unknowingly become victims themselves if proper precautions are not taken. A hospital must treat these patients quickly and efficiently, while minimizing the spread of contamination. Responders must learn how to evaluate and manage a contaminated person while protecting themselves and others from potential hazardous exposure.