The Role of OEHS Professionals in Continuity Planning: A Practical Application Webinar Recording

Date: Thursday, Sep. 9, 2021 - Thursday, Sep. 9, 2021
Time: 2:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. (EDT)
Event Type: Webinars, AIHA Webinars

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Disasters strike when they are least expected. Preparing for these events includes developing business continuity/continuity of operations plans to guide the organization’s actions so that business can continue.

Although occupational and environmental health and safety (OEHS) professionals provide vital services to their organization during an emergency, they may not be directly involved in preparing their organization or own department for the disaster.

Learn why OEHS involvement in continuity planning is critical to organizational success and receive guidance on how to participate effectively.

This webinar will discuss the elements of continuity plans, why they are key to an organization’s success, who is typically involved in the planning process, how OEHS professionals can support their organization in the planning process, and how the OEHS department can better prepare itself.

The new AIHA University Framework: Role of the OEHS Professional in Continuity Planning will be discussed and additional free resources will be shared to support your work (e.g., FEMA documents, NFPA Standards, etc.).

Who Will Benefit

Mid-career and senior IH/OEHS professionals who manage or oversee organizational OEHS programs and those interested in becoming more involved with their organization’s emergency response planning processes.

Learning Objectives  

  • Describe the reasons organizations develop business continuity/continuity of operations plans
  • Anticipate how OEHS professionals can support their organizations during the preparedness (planning) phase of an emergency
  • Communicate the need for OEHS involvement in the continuity planning process to your organization
  • Participate in organizational planning and preparedness efforts
  • Apply the elements of a continuity plan to develop site-specific plans for OEHS departments
  • Locate and use publicly available reference materials
  • Recognize the value and limitations of continuity planning


Alan Leibowitz, CIH, CSP, is the President of EHS Systems Solutions LLC (EHS-SS) following a 30-plus year career as the senior Environment, Safety, Health, and Security leader for ITT Corporation and Exelis. At EHS-SS Alan provides executive-level support in strategic planning, program management, crisis response, and as an expert witness for leading global corporations.

Alan is a graduate of Drexel University with a Master’s degree in Environmental Science with extensive postgraduate training at the Columbia University School of Public Health. He is a Certified Industrial Hygienist (CIH) and Safety Professional (CSP). He has been recognized as a Fellow of the American Industrial Hygiene Association (AIHA) and for his work in leading the effort to develop the first American National Safety and Health Management System Standard, ANSI Z10.

Alan is a leader in professional and industry group activities including his current role as vice-chair of the Board for Global Credentialing (BGC formerly ABIH) and treasurer for the Occupational Hygiene Training Association (OHTA).

He has previously served on the Board of Directors of the American Industrial Hygiene Association (AIHA), the National Association of Environmental Management (NAEM), the Board of Directors of the Registrar Accreditation Board (RAB), Chair of the Electronic Industries Alliance (EIA) Environmental Issues Council and the Environmental Committee of the Aerospace Industries Association (AIA), and as a Liaison Delegate to the World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD). He is a frequent speaker on Environmental and Safety Management and contributed chapters on the subject to current editions of the textbooks The Occupational Environment: It’s Evaluation, Control, and Management and Patty’s Industrial Hygiene.

Laura Hartline Weems, CIH, CSP, CHMM, is a senior industrial hygienist with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Little Rock District.

A graduate of the United States Coast Guard Academy, Ms. Weems served 20 years in the Coast Guard focusing on the areas of pollution prevention and response and worker health and safety before retiring to move into the civilian sector.

While in the Coast Guard, she earned a Master of Science degree from the University of Massachusetts, Lowell in Industrial Hygiene. More recently, she earned another Master of Science degree in Emergency Management and Homeland Security, thereby combining her two main interests. Ms. Weems is certified in the fields of Industrial Hygiene, Safety Professional, and Hazardous Materials Manager.


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