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Quick Talk 2

Eme​​rgency Response and Preparedness

Emergency Response and Preparedness Track

Monday, October 30

10:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.

Moderator: Billy Bullock, DHSc, CIH, CSP, FAIHA, Director of Industrial Hygiene, CSX Transportation​, Jacksonville, FL.

10:30 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.

What Does Incident Response Synchronization (particularly the health and safety aspect) Really Look Like?

Presenter: Paul Pirkle, MSIH, PE, CIH, Research Leader, Battelle, Atlanta, GA.

Industrial hygienists or industrial hygiene teams are often asked to provide distinct capabilities during an incident response.  Those capabilities can be technical and organizational in nature.  Let's talk about that second one.

In any type of incident response, there are game plans for each of the involved parties.  If you are on the medical response team, you follow checklists and protocols to help save lives.  If you are law enforcement, you have training, practice, and real-world experience to call on in a crisis situation. But how do you weave all the different programs and plans tog​​ether into one coherent system?  This objective is often sought but not always easily achieved.  No one argues against integration, but proven methods to actually achieve it are scarce.

This session will cover a field-tested two-tiered system created to synchronize multiple entities owning responsibilities within a shared incident response macro-process.  Industrial hygienists possess an innate understanding of process, which is central to this integration method.  This enhances the IH's value to their organizations during incident response preparation and operations, beyond their technical health risk assessment and communication capabilities.

11:00 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.

Science and Technology Innovation, Commercialization, and Market Transition of Safety and Health Solutions for Emergency Response

Presenter: Michael Larrañaga, PhD, CIH, CSP, PE, Principal Consultant, Ramboll Environ US Corp., Dallas, TX.

Have you ever thought about technology development to solve specific safety and health problems? The US Department of Homeland Security First Responders Group (FRG) is dedicated to innovation and technology development to improve the working conditions, preserve health and safety, and enhance preparedness of our nation’s first responders.  

The FRG engages and partners with first responders and the emergency preparedness and response community at every stage, and at the local, state, tribal, and federal level in addition to our allies in Canada and the United Kingdom. Through this approach, FRG pursues a better understanding of the response community's needs and requirements, provides technical assistance, and develops innovative solutions to the most pressing challenges faced during day-to-day and large-scale emergencies.  These technologies are then proven through a rigorous testing and evaluation process and transitioned into a technical product that is transitioned to the marketplace.  ​​​​​​



Name and Bio

Michael Larrañaga, PhD, CIH, CSP, PE, Prinicpal Consultant, Ramboll Environ US Corp., Dallas, TX.

Michael Larrañaga is a Principal Consultant for Ramboll Environ US Corporation and is an internationally recognized expert in environmental, safety, health, and security. Michael has served as an advisor to multi-national corporations and government organizations on global strategies for business and supply chain continuity, product development, sustainability and energy conservation, risk management, critical infrastructure protection, labor-management relations, crisis management, and regulatory issues. Michael earned a PhD in industrial engineering from Texas Tech, an MS in Environmental Science from The University of Houston Clear Lake, and a BS in Fire Protection and Safety from Oklahoma State University. He is a graduate of the Center for Homeland Defense and Security at the United States Naval Postgraduate School and is a Certified Industrial Hygienist, Certified Safety Professional, and Professional Engineer.​

Paul Pirkle, MSIH, PE, CIH, Research Leader, Battelle, Atlanta, GA.

Paul possesses 25+ years of engineering experience. He leads a team using a systems engineering approach to solving challenges in focus areas such as remote site/deployment health, responder & community health protection during and following an incident, occupational & environmental health organizational leadership, and global business process identification & standardization. He is Past-Chair of the AIHA Incident Preparedness & Response Working Group and is  Secretary of the Management Committee. Pirkle is a Founding Advisory Board Member, Engineers Without Borders - Georgia Tech Chapter.​