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Your Environment. Your Health.

Avian Influenza Conference

Protecting Avian Influenza Responders
September 16-19, 2007
Bethesda, MD

Avian Influenza Conference: Protecting Avian Influenza Responders. September 16 to 19, 2007, Bethesda, MD. Sponsored by NIEHS and USDA

From September 16-19, 2007 nearly 300 industry, labor, Federal, state and local agency representatives participated in a 3-day Avian Influenza Conference: Protecting Avian Influenza Responders in Bethesda, MD. The conference, jointly sponsored by the National Institute for Environmental Health Sciences Worker Education and Training Program (NIEHS WETP) and the US Department of Agriculture Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (USDA-APHIS), brought together agencies and organizations that may be involved in an avian influenza (AI) response to discuss, coordinate, and participate in a practice exercise for such an incident. Presentations and breakout sessions focused on online tools, courses, and training, education, outreach and communication initiatives designed to help protect responders during an outbreak. Below is the conference's agenda, attendees list, presentations, and breakout group reports.



Protecting Yourself from Avian Influenza Booklet

The Protecting Yourself from Avian Influenza Booklet (available in both English and Spanish language) is an awareness level health and safety resource for workers, skilled support personnel, who might come in contact with Avian Influenza infected animals or contaminated materials. Click on the link below to order the booklet.
Worker Training Program Booklet Order Form

Presentations and Breakout Session Reports

Click on the links below to view the presentations, summaries, and other available materials of each day's events at the Avian Influenza Conference: Protecting Avian Influenza Responders. 

Monday, September 16, 2007

Daily Summary(37KB)

Time Topic
8:30-9:00 a.m. Welcome
Juanda Rogers, Director, Employee Services Division, USDA-APHIS
Joseph Chip Hughes, Program Director, NIEHS, Worker Education Training Program (See Daily Summary)
Keynote Speaker
Dr. Charles Lambert, Deputy Undersecretary of Marketing and Regulatory Programs, USDA (See Daily Summary)
9:30-10:00 a.m. Overview of Avian Influenza and the U.S. Poultry Industry(1MB) 
Dr. Patrice Klein, Senior Staff Veterinarian, USDA-APHIS
APHIS Safety and Health: A Renewed Emphasis(436KB) 
Dr. Fraser Owens, Senior Staff Veterinarian, Area Emergency Coordinator, USDA-APHIS
10:45a.m.-12:00p.m. Various APHIS Agencies Presentations
12:00-1:00 p.m. Lunch Speaker
Cindy Smith, Administrator, USDA-APHIS
(See Daily Summary)
1:00-4:00 p.m. Avian Influenza Game "Wing and a Prayer"
4:00-5:00 p.m. Game Report Back
(See Daily Summary)

Tuesday, September 16, 2007

Daily Summary(58KB)

Time Topic
8:30-9:00 a.m. Welcome
Max Kiefer, Director, Denver Regional Office, National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH)
Preparing workers for Avian Influenza(1MB)
9:00-9:45 a.m. State Perspectives
Moderator - Lori P. Miller, PE, Environmental Protection Program Manager, USDA-APHIS
9:45-10:30 a.m. Industry Perspectives
Moderator - Jim Remington, Program Analyst, NIEHS
10:45a.m.-12:00 p.m. Federal Perspectives
Moderator - Gordon Cleveland, Veterinary Program Specialist, USDA-APHIS
1:00-2:00 p.m. International Perspectives
Moderator - Dr. Thomas "Richard" Walker, Medical Officer, USDA-APHIS
2:00-2:30 p.m. USDA Toolbox/Job Aid(10MB)
Lori P. Miller, PE, Environment Projection Program Manager, USDA-APHIS
2:30-3:00 p.m.


3:00-3:30 p.m. OSHA Disaster Site Worker Course(1MB)
Jim Barnes, Director, Office of Training and Educational Programs, OSHA
3:45-5:00 p.m.

Breakout Sessions: Training Products & Programs

International Association of Fire Fighters' Approach to Avian Influenza Training(268KB)
Vilma Perez-Atwood, Curricula Development Coordinator, IAFF Hazardous Materials and Weapons of Mass Destruction Training Department

Kirkwood/Hazardous Materials Training and Research Institute (HMTRI) Avian Influenza Training(1MB)
Ron Snyder, Program Director, Environmental Training Center, Hazardous Materials Training and Research Institute

Agricultural Emergency Response Training (AgERT)

Case Study - Virginia Low Path Avian Influenza Outbreaks

Purdue University EDEN Program(2MB)
Steve Cain, EDEN Homeland Security Project Director

Wednesday, September 16, 2007

Daily Summary(30KB)

Time Topic
8:30-9:45 a.m.

Breakout Sessions

Hazardous Waste Operations and Emergency Response Standard (HAZWOPER)(616KB)
Sven Rundman, Senior Industrial Hygienist, OSHA and Peter Petch, Industrial Hygienist, USDA-APHIS

8:30-9:45 a.m.

Breakout Sessions

Disinfection and Cleaning Hazards

Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)(91KB)
Bernie Mizula, Industrial Hygienist, National Clearinghouse for Worker Safety and Health Training

Paul Ganem, Training Specialist, Incident Management Systems Division, NIC and Marie Martinez, Fire Program Specialist, US Fire Administration, FEMA

Setting Up/Preparing for a Local Avian Influenza Response
Dr. Fraser Owens, Area Emergency Coordinator, USDA-APHIS
Steven Smith, Animal Identification Coordinator, USDA-APHIS USDA/APHIS Health and Safety Plan (HASP) Template Workshop

USDA/APHIS Health and Safety Plan (HASP) Template Workshop
Tom Franklin, Environmental Protection Specialist, USDA-APHIS

Carcass Disposal and Associated Hazards(7MB)
James Howard, Consultant, North Carolina Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services

On-Scene Coordinator's Train-the-Trainer Program for AI Response (Part 1)
Erica Canzler, Environmental Protection Specialist, Office of Emergency Management, EPA

10:00-11:15 a.m.

Breakout Sessions

Heavy Equipment Hazards(2MB)
William R. Byrnes, Instructor, IUOE / NJ TF-1 Liaison and Aaron A. Ondo, Industrial Hygienist / Instructor, IUOE National Training Fund

Backyard Bird Issues and Associated Hazards(649KB)
Dr. James Davis, Senior Staff Veterinarian, USDA-APHIS

Depopulation Operations Hazards (Bird Flu Control)(1MB)
Harm Kiezebrink, CEO, Bird Flu Control, Netherlands

Responder Training in the Field: Considerations and Delivery(5MB)
Ron Snyder, Program Director, Environmental Training Center, Hazardous Materials Training and Research Institute

Critical Stress Management(327KB)
Dori B. Reissman, M.D., M.P.H., CAPT, US Public Health Service, Senior Medical Advisor, NIOSH

Confined Space Hazards(1MB)
Arthur W. (Bill) Benson, Project Manager, EnviroHygiene LLC

Instituting Control Zones(1MB)
Dr. Elizabeth Rohonczy, Biosecurity Officer, Canadian Food Inspection Agency

On-Scene Coordinator's Train-the-Trainer Program for AI Response (Part 2)
Erica Canzler, Environmental Protection Specialist, Office of Emergency Management, EPA

11:30 a.m.- 12:30 p.m. Last Thoughts and Recommended Next Steps
(See Daily Summary)
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