AIHA and APIC host COVID-19 Response Webinar.
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
Release No. FLL-20-0318-01
FALLS CHURCH, Va. (March 19, 2020) -- The American Industrial Hygiene Association (AIHA) and the Association for Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology (APIC) are hosting a 90-minute webinar on Thursday, March 26, 2020, at 1:00 pm (ET) titled: “Ventilation, surface disinfection and PPE considerations for the IP and IH.”
The webinar is designed for professionals that work in industrial hygiene, occupational health and infection prevention. It will address the gaps of knowledge of industrial hygienists and infection preventionists as it relates to ventilation, respirators, construction issues, occupational health and safety, and business.
Attendees will gain insights on:
- The difference between a procedure mask and an N95 respirator as well as the emergency use of industrial-grade respirators;
- The role of contact, droplet, and airborne transmission of COVID-19 according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC);
- The appropriate PPE for droplet and airborne precautions;
- Alternatives to respirators;
- The differences in the infection prevention approach for non-healthcare locations;
- Identifying locations within a hospital facility where COVID-19 exposure is most likely to occur;
- The six potential problems with rebalancing general ventilation to create negative pressure zones for use in place of AIIR.
The webinar will be in town hall format, with at least 30-minutes reserved for questions. Participants will hear from Larry Sloan, AIHA CEO, Katrina Crist, APIC CEO, and presenters Roberta Smith and Lewis Johnson. Both Smith and Johnson are dually certified industrial hygienists and infection preventionists.
Smith has over 25 years of experience in the fields of public health, occupational health, industrial hygiene, safety, and infection control. She holds Bachelor of Science degrees in environmental health and nursing. She holds a Master of Science in public health and certifications in infection control, occupational health nursing specialist, and industrial hygiene. She currently is the Director of Worker Health for Axion Health, an employee/ occupational health software company.
Johnson is the industrial hygienist for Lee Health, a 1,500+ bed healthcare system in southwest Florida. His professional focus is environmental infection prevention in the areas of construction, water management, ventilation, employee safety, disinfectants, and USP 797. He has a Master of Science in industrial health from the University of Michigan, and a Bachelor of Arts in education. He holds certifications in both infection control and industrial hygiene.
The webinar will be free of charge for AIHA and APIC members, as well as the general public. CIHs and CICs may earn 1.5 contact hours toward their respective accreditations.
Founded in 1939, AIHA is a nonprofit organization serving professionals dedicated to the anticipation, recognition, evaluation, control, and confirmation of environmental stressors in or arising from the workplace that may result in injury, illness, or impairment, or affect the well-being of workers and members of the community. AIHA provides comprehensive education programs and other products and services that help its members maintain the highest professional standards.
More than half of AIHA’s nearly 8,500 members are Certified Industrial Hygienists, and many hold other professional designations. AIHA serves as a resource for those employed in the industrial, consulting, academic, and government sectors.
The Association for Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology (APIC) is creating a safer world through the prevention of infection. APIC’s nearly 16,000 members develop and direct infection prevention and control programs that save lives and improve the bottom line for healthcare facilities. APIC advances its mission through patient safety, education, implementation science, competencies and certification, advocacy, and data standardization. For more information visit apic.org.