March 16-17, 2020
Virtual Workshop

Protecting Infectious Disease Responders During the COVID-19 Outbreak March 16-17 2020. Virtual Workshop Emory Woodruff Health Sciences Center sponsored in conjunction with National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences Worker Training Program

Purpose of the Awardee Meeting

The semi-annual WTP Awardee Meeting brought awardees together to provide program updates, exchange information regarding training, and discover new areas of interest to awardees.

Purpose and Scope of the Workshop

The NIEHS Worker Training Program (WTP) has been addressing preparedness and response efforts since 2001. WTP awardees provided occupational biological safety training to workers during the anthrax attacks (2001), the H5N1 outbreak (2007), and the H1N1 avian influenza outbreak (2009); mold remediation training following Hurricanes Katrina (2005) and Sandy (2012); and Ebola virus disease preparedness training (2013-2015). This work continued through the Ebola Biosafety and Infectious Disease Response Training Program, integrating the HAZMAT trainer's understanding of worker safety and health protection with training and guidance on infection control and biosafety.

This workshop explored what training and protective measures worked best during previous infectious disease outbreaks to best inform protection of workers during the current COVID-19 outbreak.


Webinar Recording

Workshop Report


Awardee Meeting: 

Monday, March 16, 2020

Time Topic
2:00-3:15 p.m. Welcome/NIEHS Update (5MB) 
Joseph "Chip" Hughes Jr., Sharon Beard, Demia Wright, Kathy Ahlmark, Jim Remington, NIEHS
NIEHS Grants Management Branch Updates (219KB)
Jenny Greer, NIEHS
3:15-3:30 p.m. Legislative Update (587KB)
Jed Bullock, NIEHS
3:30-3:45 p.m. NIEHS National Clearinghouse Update (1MB) 
Deborah Weinstock, NIEHS WTP Clearinghouse
3:45-4:00 p.m. Miscellaneous updates

Workshop: Protecting Infectious Disease Responders During the COVID-19 Outbreak

Tuesday, March 17, 2020

Time Topic
10:00 a.m.-10:10 a.m. Welcome
  • Joseph "Chip" Hughes, Jr., NIEHS Worker Training Program
  • Carlos Del Rio, M.D., Emory University
10:10-10:35 a.m. Biopreparedness, Response, and Recovery: National Challenges
Front Lines of Defense for Infectious Diseases (831KB)
Richard Hunt, M.D., Office of the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
10:35-11:05 a.m. Biopreparedness, Response, and Recovery: Local Challenges (1MB)
Alex Isakov, M.D., Emory University
11:05-11:35 a.m. Adapting, Emerging, and Re-emerging Microorganisms: Focus on Coronavirus
11:35 a.m.-noon Panel Discussion: Addressing Challenges and Gaps in Preparedness
MODERATOR: Nina Jaitly, M.D., Novartis Pharmaceuticals
  • Biohazards disposal (1MB)
    Selin Hoboy, Stericycle
  • COVID-19 updates from OSHA, Chris Brown, Office of Emergency Management and Preparedness, Occupational Safety and Health Administration
Noon-12:30 p.m. NETEC: Lessons Learned (1MB) 
INTRODUCTION: Alex Isakov, M.D., Emory University
  • Jill Morgan, Respiratory Intensive Care Unit and Serious Communicable Diseases Unit, Emory University Hospital
12:30-1:00 p.m. Keynote Address and Q&A
COVID-19 Routes of Transmission & Implications for Worker Protection (856KB)
Lisa Brosseau, Sc.D., (retired professor, University of Illinois at Chicago)
2:00-2:40 p.m. Communication Concepts to Manage Perception, Stigma, and Stress
2:40-3:00 p.m Overview of the NIEHS WTP Infectious Disease Response (IDR) Program
3:00-3:30 p.m. Education and Training to Respond to Bioemergencies and Manage Risks
3:30-4:00 p.m. Education and Training to Respond to Bioemergencies and Manage Risks, Continued
4:00-4:30 p.m. "Protecting Yourself from COVID-19 in the Workplace" Training Tool
Pathogen Safety Data Training Guide and Module: An All Pathogen Approach (1MB)
Jonathan Rosen, National Clearinghouse
4:30-4:55 p.m. Perspectives on Preparedness and Response
  • Shawn Gibbs, Ph.D., Indiana University Bloomington
  • Darryl Alexander, AFT (consultant)