Webinar: Minimizing the Risk of COVID-19 Transmission in the Workplace
When: June 25, 2020 1:00 EST
Employers face challenges on numerous fronts to minimize the potential for COVID-19 transmission as social distancing policies continue to relax and employees return to work. The first is the development of prudent policies to protect front-line employees engaged in “day to day” operations in commercial and industrial settings. The second is the preparation to reoccupy buildings that have operated at low to no occupancy for several months. The approach to minimize the transmission of COVID-19 must be determined on a case-by-case basis, using the fundamentals of risk management, industrial hygiene and public/occupational health, with a clear understanding of the perceived risks. This session will focus on these fundamentals, including infection prevention and infection control to protect people and property. Public and private sector employers continue to implement a variety of policies and procedures to break the chain of infection, flatten the curve and prudently return-to-work. Guidance from the CDC continues to evolve as we learn more about the virus including routes of transmission, symptoms, and immunity. The EI Group will review the most current guidance, discuss conflicting evidence, and lessons-learned from our experience with medical screening, the selection and use of personal protective equipment (PPE), performing hazard assessments, disinfection oversight and verification of property/contents, methods to improve indoor air quality, client/customer communications, and risk management under the sphere of pandemic business continuity planning.
About the Presenter
Phillip C. Fincher, CIH, CSP
Mr. Fincher is Senior Vice President of Health and Safety with The EI Group, Inc. With 20 years of professional experience, Mr. Fincher is an effective project manager and skilled health and safety professional. Mr. Fincher is a Certified Safety Professional (CSP) and Certified Industrial Hygienist (CIH) in Comprehensive Practice, which is an indication of his technical competence and dedication to the profession. His professional experience involves all facets of occupational safety, occupational health, and industrial hygiene. Specific areas of competence include industrial safety, construction safety, risk management, industrial hygiene, biological and chemical safety. Mr. Fincher’s project experience has included all aspects of safety and health management and training. These have included but are not limited to the development of safety and health programs, training and auditing for general industry, construction, and governmental agencies. Mr. Fincher has performed comprehensive audits for large multi-national industries pursing OSHA Voluntary Protection Program (VPP) approval and developed Fall Protection, Personal Protective Equipment (PPE), Respiratory Protection, Bloodborne Pathogens (BBP), Lockout Tagout (LOTO), Electrical Safety, and Hazardous Materials Compliance programs for state agencies. His career has included EHS consulting for clients in the South East, Mid-Atlantic and abroad (Trinidad, Vietnam, and Abu Dhabi) conducting mock compliance audits, qualitative and quantitative industrial hygiene assessments, training, and expert witness/consulting.
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