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Web Chat: Ebola—A Conversation for Industrial Hygienists

Monday, November 10, 2014 11:00am - 12:00pm EST  
Host: AIHA
By: Thomas Fuller, Illinois State University, Assistant Professor of Safety

As details of the ongoing Ebola crisis continue to unfold, two AIHA experts will answer your questions about Ebola and the expertise that industrial hygienists can bring to the table. Some of the topics that will be covered in this chat are:

  1. How should medical facilities handle potentially contaminated Ebola waste?
  2. What are considerations for proper PPE selection?
  3. How do administrative and engineering controls play a role?
  4. What are the proper procedures for PPE donning and doffing? 
  5. How should equipment, such as PAPRs and biomedical equipment, used by healthcare providers be cleaned?
  6. How does the IH effectively integrate with the infection prevention team?
  7. How does one effectively communicate Ebola risk without causing panic in the healthcare organization among employee, patients, and visitors?

Join fellow AIHA members Thomas Fuller, ScD, CIH, MBA, an Assistant Professor of Safety at Illinois State University, and John F. Koerner, MPH, CIH, the CBRNE Branch Chief in the Office of Emergency Management for the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response at the US Department of Health and Human Services Headquarters, as they moderate a one-hour discussion on the role of the IH in keeping healthcare workers safe during a pandemic.


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Thomas Fuller
Thomas Fuller

Illinois State University, Assistant Professor of Safety

Dr. Fuller is Assistant Professor of Safety at Illinois State University. Dr. Thomas P. Fuller is a Certified Industrial Hygienist with over 30 years of experience in occupational safety, infection control, industrial hygiene, and public health. He has experience in healthcare, nuclear power plants, municipalities, biopharmaceutical labs, manufacturing, and universities. Dr. Fuller has demonstrated teaching qualification and experience at several universities, and has experience speaking nationally and internationally. Dr. Fuller is a member since 2002, and a past Chair, of the American Industrial Hygiene Association (AIHA) Nonionizing Radiation Committee. He is also a member of the Health Care Working Group, and a founding member of the AIHA Pandemic Planning Team. Dr. Fuller is a Contributing Editor for the American Journal of Nursing and on the board of directors of Health Educators, Inc. He is a member, and the Educational Outreach Committee Chair, of the Illinois Environmental Health Association. Dr. Fuller is a past President of the Board of Directors of the Journal of Occupational and Environmental Health. Dr. Fuller is a member of the National Safety Council Editorial Advisory Board. Professor Fuller’s research interests focus on occupational and environmental exposure to infectious agents and work organization. He has recently taught professional development courses in the recognition and control of workplace violence. This past semester he led a team of student researchers in an evaluation of community retail readiness and control of workplace violence. This group is preparing materials to conduct a community outreach training session for local retail businesses to help improve workplace safety in a meaningful way.