Environmental Health and Disaster Management - An International Effort for Training and Awareness

Globally, environmental health professionals have a critical role in mitigating public health risks before and after disasters.  To build this capacity, the International Federation of Environmental Health, CDC and NEHA have collaborated to develop the course, "Environmental Health and Disaster Management," heavily guided by CDC's successful Environmental Health Training in Emergency Response course.

USPHS Community Health and Service Missions: Operation Fortitude - The Lakota Sioux Experience

This presentation shares the Lakota Sioux experience through the view of a USPHS Team Commander who participated in a Community Health and Service Mission, designed to meet the field-based training needs of emergency response teams. During the session, there will also be a discussion of the partnership between the U.S. Public Health Service (USPHS), the Lakota Sioux Tribe, and a non-government organization (Remote Area Medical). Many photos and cultural experiences will be shared to illustrate the mission.

Hexavalent Chromium: Lessons Learned in Risk Assessment and Employee Surveillance Program Development

In 2010, OSHA confirmed the new Hexavalent Chromium (Cr (VI)) standard requiring employers to notify their employees of all exposure determinations, including those which do not exceed the permissible exposure limit. These new limits created a new population of potentially affected employees. This session will demonstrate lessons learned from conducting a Cr (VI) risk assessment and creating Cr (VI) employee medical surveillance program. This presentation will provide you with tools to help you create an exposure surveillance program within an organization.

Heavy Metals, Heavy Conversation

Are heavy metals weighing you down? Is it because of their weight or their complexity? Do they matter in your work/home life? This learning laboratory will review the recent research on four of the most concerning heavy metals including potential health impacts incurred by exposure to more than one metal at a time. Attendees will define the importance of heavy metals in their own work/lives and strategize how to better manage heavy metal toxification in food and water.

Presented at NEHA 2015 AEC

Hurricane Sandy: A Complex Environmental Health Communications Challenge

During widespread power and internet outages, disaster responders cannot always assume their sophisticated communications gear--radios, pagers, cellphones and computers--will work. Alternate plans need to be ready for deployment to assure continuity and efficiency of the public health response.

In this presentation, follow the Somerset County experience during Hurricane Sandy to identify gaps and develop solutions to bridge them in your preparedness plans.

Decisions In The Haze: Finding Multicultural and Multiagency Solutions

Decisions In The Haze. A property owner is investigating to determine the clean up necessary for polluted land from an old dry cleaner. The investigation reveals the current dry cleaning operation has significant amounts of emissions in the building, including in a Somali day care with children as young as 6 months old. The health risks are clear but the law is not. What do you do?


Presented at NEHA 2015 AEC

Chemical Safety Training for University Research Laboratories: Pilot Study

High profile cases of laboratory injury and even fatality draw attention to an alarming issue on many university campuses: lack of strict adherence to safety protocols. This study compares the efficacy of two methods of delivering annually-required training for chemical laboratory safety and hazardous waste disposal: in-person and online. Participants complete a survey instrument to test knowledge retained, and results will be compared to inform future training delivery.


Presented at NEHA 2015 AEC

Disaster Debris Management: Lessons Learned from 2011 Great East Japan Earthquake and Tsunami

The Great East Japan Earthquake was the first disaster ever recorded that included an earthquake, a tsunami, a nuclear power plant accident, a power supply failure, and a large-scale disruption of supply chains. Amid the deep devastation and massive recovery efforts, came the challenge of how to collect, store, sort, recycle, and process disaster debris in an efficient and sustainable manner.