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Quick Talk 6

Emergency Response and Prepa​redness

Emergency Response and Preparedness​ Track

Tuesday, October 31

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

Moderator: Jody L. Smith, CIH, CSP, Staff EH&S Specialist, Nektar Therapeutics, Decatur, AL​.

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

Managing the "Worried Well" During an Emergency Response

Presenter: Billy Bullock, DHSc, MSPH, CIH, CSP, FAIHA, Director of Industrial Hygiene & Occupational Health Testing, CSX Transportation, Jacksonville, FL.

Over the last several decades, hospitals have worked to improve their response to patients that may have been exposed to biological, chemical, or radiological contaminants. The primary purpose for improved protocols was to reduce the potential for injury and illness to hospital employees and other patients. While these protocols can now be attributed to protecting healthcare workers and patients, they may create undue fear in the “worried well” following natural disasters, disease outbreaks, fires, and chemical spills.  This talk will review lessons learned during a recent incident and provide tips that can be used to address hospital needs to protect their workers, while not increasing the fear and concern of the patient. 

11:00 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.

Building a Meaningful Relationship with the Incident Command System

Presenter: Subena M. Colligan, CSP, Sr. Industrial Hygienist, Gulfstream Aerospace, Savannah, GA.

Occupational, Environmental, and Health professionals have so much to offer to the Incident Command System. While there is so much general knowledge on the usage of direct-reading instruments, the OEH professional has the special knowledge to connect the dots between the direct-reading instrument, limitations and capabilities, an​​d creating exposure profiles for emergency responders and the general public. The unique application of the IH is far too often overlooked or not known.  This presentation is meant to empower the IH and talk through the reasons for the IH to build a meaningful relationship with the Incident Commander in order to get the greatest benefit while weighing the risk to people.

The lessons learned over the five years it took to develop a subpar relationship with the Incident Command System into a strong relationship where the IH’s unique set of skills were relied upon will be discussed, and the overall strength that the stronger relationship ultimately added to emergency response.  After all, no matter what the IH can bring to the table during a time of crisis, the IC will not utilize the IH if they are not a strong and trusted component of the System.​​​​​​​​​​



Name and Bio

Billy Bullock, DHSc, MSPH, CIH, CSP, FAIHA, Director of Industrial Hygiene & Occupational Health Testing, CSX Transportation, Jacksonville, FL.

Billy Bullock holds a Doctorate in Health Science from Nova Southeastern University, an MSPH in Industrial Hygiene from Tulane University School of Public Health & Tropical Medicine, and a BS in Physical Geography/Geology from the University of South Alabama. He is currently the Director of Industrial Hygiene & Occupational Health Testing for CSX Transportation. His previous positions include Global Manager of Health & Safety for the Arizona Chemical and Sr. Process Industrial Hygienist for International Paper.

In addition, Dr. Bullock holds adjunct appointments at Emory University’s Rollins School of Public Health; Columbia Southern University; the University of West Florida’s School of Public Health, and Tulane University Center for Applied Environmental Public Health.

He is an AIHA Fellow and both a Certified Industrial Hygienist and a Certified Safety Professional.​

Subena Colligan, Sr. Industrial Hygienist, Gulfstream Aerospace, Savannah, GA.

Subena Colligan, CIH, CSP is a Sr. Industrial Hygienist at Gulfstream Aerospace. Prior to joining Gulfstream, she served in the U.S. Air Force practicing Industrial Hygiene for 6 years. While serving, she was responsible for managing emergency response operations amongst various other Industrial Hygiene functions. As a Sr. Industrial Hygienist at Gulfstream Aerospace, she is using the same emergency response principles to enhance the cross functional response capabilities of the Incident Command System. 

She earned a BS in Occupational Safety from Eastern Kentucky University and an MS in Occupational Safety Health from Murray State University.​