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The Role of OEHS Professionals in Emergency Prep and Response Virtual Conference: FULL CONFERENCE

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If you aren’t involved in your organization’s emergency preparedness and response planning process, you need to act now!

Your involvement is critical to:

  • Improve safety and health outcomes during an actual incident
  • Streamline initial decision making and actions
  • Enable the OEHS function to successfully support the response
Learn how to advocate for a seat on the planning team and continue to show the value an OEHS professional can bring to the operation.

This virtual conference is comprised of three instructor-led courses, where you’ll learn about continuity planning, building your planning team, and developing your emergency response plan (and maintaining it). Our panel of experts will guide you through real-world case studies, provide free planning tools, and put your new knowledge to work with a simulated emergency response exercise.

Choose the course that works best for you or attend the entire conference to earn up to 12 contact hours. Each course is broken into two 2-hour sessions, so you can easily work around your busy schedule.

Questions? Please contact us at DLAssistant@aiha.org.

Agenda

Each course will be held over two days from 1:00 to 3:00 p.m. ET.
Can’t attend on these dates? Recordings for each course will be made available to all participants for 60 days post-event.

Course Dates Hours
Week 1: Continuity Planning for the OEHS Professional March 8 & 10 4 Contact Hours
Week 2: Emergency Response Planning for the OEHS Professional March 15 & 17 4 Contact Hours
Week 3: Role of the OEHS Professional During an Emergency March 22 & 24 4 Contact Hours
Post-Conference Presenter/Participant Check-In (Optional) April 27

Week 1: Continuity Planning for the OEHS Professional

March 8 | 1:00-3:00 p.m. ET
March 10 | 1:00-3:00 p.m. ET
Upon completion, participants will be able to:
  • Describe the reasons organizations develop business continuity/continuity of operations plans
  • Anticipate how OEHS professionals can support their organizations during the preparedness (planning) phase of an emergency
  • Communicate the need for OEHS involvement in the continuity planning process to your organization
  • Participate in organizational planning and preparedness efforts
  • Apply the elements of a continuity plan to develop site-specific plans for OEHS departments
  • Locate and use publicly available reference materials
  • Recognize the value and limitations of continuity planning

Week 2: Emergency Response Planning for the OEHS Professional

March 15 | 1:00-3:00 p.m. ET
March 17 | 1:00-3:00 p.m. ET

Upon completion, participants will be able to:

  • Describe the reasons organizations develop emergency response plans
  • Anticipate how OEHS professionals can support their organizations during the development of an emergency response planning phase
  • Communicate the need for OEHS involvement in the emergency response planning process to your organization
  • Participate in organizational planning and preparedness efforts
  • Apply the elements of an emergency response plan to develop site-specific plans for OEHS departments
  • Locate and use publicly available reference materials
  • Recognize the value and limitations of emergency response planning

Week 3: Role of the OEHS Professional During an Emergency

March 22 | 1:00-3:00 p.m. ET
March 24 | 1:00-3:00 p.m. ET

Upon completion, participants will be able to:

  • Explain the role of the safety officer or technical specialist during an emergency
  • After being provided a scenario, assume the role of the safety officer during an emergency and determine the actions needed in that role

Optional: Post-Conference Presenter/Participant Check-In

April 27 | 2:00-4:00 p.m. ET

Participants will have time to start processes and perform research at their own organization after the conference concludes.

This optional call will allow you to reconnect with the course instructors to discuss your findings, ask questions, and gain insight into how other organizations perform their own preparedness and response functions.

Who Will Benefit

This course is ideal for mid-career and senior IH/OEHS professionals who manage or oversee organizational OEHS programs and those interested in becoming more involved with their organization’s emergency response planning processes.

Additionally, OEHS professionals taking on the role of safety officer, assistant safety officer, or technical specialist for an area of expertise (e.g., radiation safety, worker air monitoring, public health, and hazardous materials) will gain a better understanding of their organization’s plans and be prepared to fulfill their roles and responsibilities as outlined.

Leadership, operations personnel, safety professionals, and emergency managers who want to understand how to construct their team will also benefit.

Course Materials

Presentations are a mix of lecture and small group activities where participants create sample plans and assume the roles that they would perform in a real-life emergency. The following materials will be provided to all registrants:

  • Three related AIHA frameworks
  • Templates for performing planning
  • Example incident action plan documents including site safety and health plan
  • Template site safety and health plan
  • Downloaded copies of the Incident Management Handbook (USCG (2014) and FEMA (2017) editions)
  • Lists of recommended training classes
  • Lists of training resources

Prerequisites

To weigh in on each step of the preparedness and response process, OEHS professionals must be extremely flexible in their technical competencies and have broad professional experience to contribute successfully to the strategic and tactical objectives of an incident.

Although not required, it is recommended that you have your organization’s continuity or emergency response plans accessible during the training. Having your plans to reference will be helpful to your understanding and ability to apply concepts as you work through the planning processes using real-world examples.