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Response Worker Health and Safety in a Post-Katrina World: Protecting the Protectors

Original Broadcast Date: October 25, 2005
(1 hour, 30 minutes)

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Hurricane Katrina’s aftermath forcefully reminds us that natural disasters can pose a wide range of health and safety risks to first responders, health care and public health workers, volunteers and others responsible for protecting and assisting the public, just as do industrial incidents and terrorist attacks. In addition to physical and physiological hazards, it is increasingly clear that the range of protectors also face psychological hazards, particularly significant, but not confined, to mass casualty events. With the encouragement of the Worker Safety and Health Committee of the National Response Team, the UMDNJ - School of Public Health’s New Jersey Center for Public Health Preparedness and the Johns Hopkins Center for Public Health Preparedness recently held a conference on this subject, which included data and other information on the long-term medical and psychological toll of the World Trade Center and other similar events, the experience of the US military, particularly on the psychological consequences of disasters, as well as presentations by OSHA, the US Department of Homeland Security, and non-governmental experts as well. The Co-Chair of the conference will present the key points resulting from the conference, and provide insights as to how these are being applied to the current situation on the Gulf Coast.

Faculty

Glenn Paulson, PhD
Professor of Environmental and Occupational Health
University of Medicine and Dentistry
New Jersey School of Public Health and Director of the New Jersey Center for Public Health Preparedness

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None for this program.

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(334) 206-5618 or email ALPHTN

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