The Critical Role of OEHS in Emergency Planning and Preparedness

USACE blue roof mission in Puerto Rico after Hurricane Maria 2018

What happens when there is an emergency at your job site or within your organization—do you know if your leadership is prepared to address the myriad occupational and environmental health and safety issues that will arise? Do you, as an OEHS professional, know what will be expected of you? Are you adequately trained, equipped, and provided with resources to fulfill your roles and responsibilities in an emergency? If you’re not sure, this AIHce “sunset session” is for you.

The Critical Role of OEHS Professionals in Successful Emergency Planning and Preparedness, a fun and interactive session, will highlight three technical frameworks recently developed by the Incident Preparedness and Response Working Group. Each framework focuses on a different aspect of emergency preparedness and response and was developed toward the goals of informing OEHS professionals on how they can be involved in all phases of emergency response and providing them with resources to help them gain understanding, build experience, and access support. This presentation will introduce the frameworks, why they are important for OEHS professionals, and how they can be used within any organization.

OEHS professionals play vital roles not only during emergency response operations but also in continuity, contingency, and emergency response planning. By effectively contributing to the planning processes and preparing for the emergency response itself, OEHS professionals can help their organizations understand the risks of emergency response operations and develop feasible controls before an emergency occurs. Moreover, OEHS professionals can prepare their own departments to integrate seamlessly into the response plan. Through their contributions, OEHS professionals can better protect employees, first responders, and impacted communities during all stages of emergency preparedness and response. The sunset session explains how OEHS professionals can contribute to emergency response, the knowledge, skills, and abilities they need to do so, and where to find free resources to support these efforts.

Sunset Session: The Critical Role of OEHS Professionals in Successful Emergency Planning and Preparedness” will be held during AIHce EXP 2022 at 5:30 p.m. Central Time on Monday, May 23, 2022, on-site at the Music City Center in Nashville.

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