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Your Environment. Your Health.

Local, State and Federal Partnerships for Chemical Preparedness and Response

April 29 - May 1, 2009
Cincinnati, OH

DSpring 2009 WETP Confrence Local, State and Federal Partnerships for Chemical Preparedness and Response

Purpose and Scope of the Workshop

The Spring 2009, NIEHS Worker Education and Training Program's workshop Local, State and Federal Partnerships for Chemical Preparedness and Response, held April 29 - May 1, 2009, was cosponsored by the Interstate Chemical Terrorism Workgroup (ICTW) and the City of Cincinnati. The workshop brought together about 150 people from local, state and federal government as well as those from labor, academia and other non-profit groups. Participants heard about partnerships for chemical preparedness and response, were shown a variety of resources that can be used during a chemical response to help protect responders and the surrounding community. Concurrent breakout sessions covered: emergency response; training; risk communication, community preparedness; health care, public health, and mental health; and advanced training technologies. Some of these resources and advanced technologies were then used the next day during a disaster training exercise in which participants worked through the response and recovery phases of the simulated incident, focusing specifically on the health and safety aspects of those workers who would be impacted.

Below are the conference agendas, attendees list, and links to each day's presentations.




Click on the links below to view the presentations from April 29, April 30, or May 1 at the NIEHS WETP 2009 Spring Awardee Meeting and Technical Workshop: Local, State and Federal Partnerships for Chemical Preparedness and Response.

Wednesday, April 29, 2009

Time Topic
1:00-2:30 p.m. Welcome and NIEHS Update (1MB)
Joseph "Chip" Hughes, Sharon Beard, Ted Outwater, Kathy Ahlmark, Jim Remington, and Carolyn Mason, NIEHS
  • Training Accomplishments
  • Minority Worker Training Issues
  • Curricula Catalog Updates
  • SBIR Awards
  • Performance, RFA, and Stimulus Funding
2:30-2:45 p.m. NIEHS National Clearinghouse Update
Deborah Weinstock, National Clearinghouse/MDB, Inc.
  • Report back from Clearinghouse Advisory Board Meeting
  • Recent Clearinghouse activities of interest
2:45-4:15 p.m. New Challenges Panel
This panel provided presentations on Green Global Health and Safety Challenges, Innovations in Training and Program Evaluation, and NIEHS's Partnerships for Environmental Public Health program.
4:30-5:30 p.m.

Concurrent Sessions

Business Official Meeting: ARRA Issues
Recovery Act News (246KB)
Carolyn Mason, NIEHS

Program Official Meeting
Hazardous Waste Worker Training Program (HWWT)/Hazardous Materials Disaster Preparedness Training Program (HDPT)/Department of Energy (DOE) Issues
Joseph "Chip" Hughes, Ted Outwater, and Jim Remington

Minority Worker Training Program
Minority Worker Training Issues and Updates (481KB)
Sharon Beard, WETP NIEHS

Workshop: Thursday, April 30, 2009
Time Topic
8:30-8:40 a.m. Welcome
Joseph "Chip" Hughes, NIEHS
Sharon Lee, Interstate Chemical Terrorism Work Group (ICTW), and California Department of Public Health
Carol Rice, University of Cincinnati
8:40-9:15 a.m. Future Directions in Chemical Preparedness and Response

Gwen Collman, Acting Director, Division of Extramural Research and Training, NIEHS

Keynote Speaker: Linda Birnbaum, Director, NIEHS
Moving Environmental Health Sciences Forward - Community Collaboration and Partnerships (2MB)

Keynote Speaker: Debbie Dietrich, Director, Office of Emergency Management, EPA
US Environmental Protection Agency Emergency Response (745KB)

9:15-9:35 a.m. FBI Current Situations Brief (1MB)
Dennis Butler, Intelligence Analyst
9:35-10:35 a.m.

Model Partnerships Panel

10:45 a.m.- 12:15 p.m. Sharing Resources
1:30-2:30 p.m. Sharing of Best Practices (concurrent sessions)

Creating a Local Resource in Ensuring Responder and Public Health and Safety During CBRNE Events (2MB)
Ami McLandsborough, Cincinnati Health Department

Building Safety Officer Capacity in Local Health Departments (900KB)
Koshy Koshy, UMDNJ and Carrie Sadovnik, New York City Department of Health

The Interstate Chemical Terrorism Workgroup (1MB)
Sharon Lee ICTW, Susan Manente, Michigan Department of Community Health

Extending the Capabilities of the Chemical Reactivity Worksheet (170KB)
Lewis Johnson, and Nicholas Bigelow, NOAA

Regional Response Team/Joint Response Team Interim Activation Guidance for Poison Control Centers (869KB)
Interim Activation Guidance For Poison Control Centers (Region 6) (142KB)

Patrick Young, EPA/ATSDR

2:45-4:15 p.m.

Concurrent Breakout Sessions
Emergency Response


Risk Communication/Community Preparedness

Health Care/Public Health/Mental Health

Advanced Training Technologies

4:15-5:00 p.m. Report Back from Breakout Sessions and Prep for Friday's Activity
Jim Remington, NIEHS

Workshop: Friday, May 1, 2009
Time Topic
8:00 a.m.- 1:30 p.m. Chemical Incident Scenario Exercise

A practical activity to stimulate discussion, put into practice previous training by using shared material, and identify areas of health and safety issues that may require further follow up. A key question will be "What safety issues do responders need to be aware of when conducting incident stabilization in a chemical environment?"

Description of Incident (295KB)
At approximately 0700 EST on May 1st an alarm came in for a fire and explosion at a local brewery. Shortly after arrival, it was discovered that the manufacturing facility was partially collapsed with smoke and flames visible and a strong pungent odor. Additional fire support, EMS and HAZMAT were requested. Upon further assessment and interview with facility manager it was determined that approximately 30,000 pounds of anhydrous ammonia and other assorted chemicals used for the production of brewery's products was stored on the facility grounds. During the exercise, the activities focused on:

  • Command
  • Decontamination
  • Mass Casualties
  • Incident Surveillance
  • Workzone/Hotzone
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