NIOSH Personal Protective Technology Program and National Personal Protective Technology Laboratory Stakeholders Meeting and Workshop
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National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health

National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health

Co-Sponsors

American Industrial Hygiene Association Pittsburgh Section

American Industrial Hygiene Association Pittsburgh Section


International Safety Equipment Association

International Safety Equipment Association

PPT Stakeholder Meeting Agenda
March 20, 2012

7:00 - 8:00 am Registration
8:00 - 8:15 am General Session - Welcome and opening

Margaret Kitt, M.D., MPH, NIOSH Director for Program
Roland Berry Ann, B.S., Interim PPT Program Manager/Interim NPPTL Director
Maryann D'Alessandro, Ph.D., Interim NPPTL Deputy Director and PPT Program Coordinator
Regency Ballroom
8:15 - 8:45 am Theme-based presentation:

1: Innovative Approaches to Knowledge Sharing in Public Health
Ron LaPorte, Ph.D., University of Pittsburgh

Over 98% of teaching in the US and worldwide is by a classroom teacher. Dr. LaPorte has spearheaded the "SuperCourse" concept to provide local educators the means to markedly improve their teaching. Dr. LaPorte uses internet technology to empower the educator with good up to date materials, to help the educator teach. He will describe the value of the SuperCourse during the H1N1 Pandemic and other emergency response events, as well as discuss the potential usefulness and implementation of personal protective equipment knowledge as part of the SuperCourse concept.
Regency Ballroom
8:45 - 9:00 am Break
9:00 - 10:30 am Breakout sessions:
Healthcare Breakout
Mining Breakout
Pesticide Handlers Breakout
Public Safety Breakout
Rooms:
Yeager
Lindbergh
Earhart
Wright
10:30 - 10:45 am Break
10:45 - 11:30 am Theme-based presentations:

2: A case example of PPE Selection and Use in the Hospital Environment
Mary Yarbrough, M.D., Ph. D., Vanderbilt University

This presentation will formulate a comparison between the safety level of healthcare personnel who wear N95 respirators consistently when necessary and those who do not. Vanderbilt University study that compared TB conversion rates across groups of healthcare personnel will be used.

3: PPE Selection, Use and Expectations from an Industry Perspective
J.A. Rodriguez, Jr., Senior Manager, Environmental Health and Safety, Raytheon Corporation

J.A. Rodriguez Jr. will present issues regarding selection and use taking into account industrial and healthcare exposures and the challenges associated with applications from both the national and international perspectives. The talk will incorporate case examples of PPE use in a variety of environments to include healthcare, emergency response, and pesticide handling. J.A. will emphasize the fact that PPE selection, use and expectations should be tailored to the particular environment and conditions of use and will discuss the limitations of the PPE under extreme conditions.
Regency Ballroom
11:30 - 1:30 pm Lunch (included in registration) and Keynote Speaker

Build Your Own Sandwich:
Wheat or White Bread
Turkey, Ham, Roast Beef
Lettuce/Tomato/Condiments
Chips, Fruit, Cookie, Soft Drink


If you need a vegan or gluten free option, please see NPPTL staff at the registration desk.

Personal Protective Technology Selection, Use, and Expectations
Gordon Graham, J.D.

Gordon Graham, J.D., is a 33 year veteran of California Law Enforcement. During this time period, Graham began to see deficiencies in how officers were being trained. He revolutionized law enforcement training in California with his SROVT program: Solid, Realistic, Ongoing, Verifiable, Training. For this program, Gordon Graham was awarded the California Governor's award for excellence in law enforcement training. Graham combines his practical, real-world experience with an extensive education. He graduated from Western State University School of Law with his Juris Doctorate in 1982. In 2002, Graham became a co-founder of Lexipol - a company designed to standardize policy, procedure, and training in public safety operations. For more information about Mr. Graham, visit http://www.gordongraham.com/about.html.
Regency Ballroom
1:30 - 3:00 pm Poster session Allegheny & East Foyer
3:00 - 4:30 pm Breakout sessions:
Healthcare Breakout
Mining Breakout
Pesticide Handlers Breakout
Public Safety Breakout
Rooms:
Yeager
Lindbergh
Earhart
Wright
4:30 - 4:45 pm Sector Breakout Wrap-up Breakout Session Rooms
4:45 - 5:15 pm Wrap-up Regency Ballroom
5:15 - 5:30 pm Break
5:30 pm Networking Reception sponsored by ISEA Regency


Workshop Agenda


March 21, 2012

8:00 - 10:00 am Workshop Session 1: Five, two-hour workshops will be conducted. See workshop choices listed below.
10:00 - 10:30 am Break
10:30 - 12:30 pm Workshop Session 2: The same five, two-hour workshops will be repeated for attendee to make a second selection

Workshop Options:
  1. Understanding Respirator Fit Testing
  2. Protect Your Hearing: Understanding Hearing Loss
  3. Protect Yourself From Heat Stress
  4. Practical Use and Care Guidance for Chemical, Biological, Radiologic, and Nuclear (CBRN) Respirators
  5. Personal Protective Equipment Best Training Techniques for Pesticide Workers
ADDED FEATURE THIS YEAR: The NIOSH Hearing Loss Prevention Unit (HLPU) mobile laboratory will be providing free hearing protector fit tests from 8:00 am - 12:00 pm. Space is limited. Please sign up for your free hearing protector fit test at the Registration Table.

Register for a 20 minute time slot to complete the hearing protector fit test process.
Rooms:

Regency F
Lindbergh
Yeager
Wright

Earhart

Parking lot outside of hotel

A. Understanding Respirator Fit Testing
Regency F

Fit testing is the only recognized way to ensure the fit of tight fitting respirators, but it is not well understood by many users and program administrators. This workshop will provide an overview of fit testing. After attending this workshop, participants will understand fit testing terminology, OSHA fit testing requirements, why fit testing is required and how the results are used. Various fit test methods will be explained and demonstrated. The applicability of the fit test methods to specific types of respirators, as well as their strengths and limitations, will be discussed.

B. Protect your Hearing: Understanding Hearing Loss
Lindbergh

Occupational hearing loss is the most common work-related injury in the United States. An estimated $242 million is spent annually on worker's compensation for hearing loss disability. This workshop will provide participants with a general overview and introduction to causes of occupational hearing loss, beginning with a basic review of human hearing physiology and hearing loss in general. This will establish a framework from which future hearing loss prevention activities may be pursued.

C. Protecting Yourself from Heat Stress
Yeager

Although heat stress is recognized as a problem in many industries, there continues to be a poor understanding of how heat stress contributes to workplace injury and illness. These issues must be understood by those living and working in hot environments, especially for those workers who must wear personal protective equipment to reduce exposure to occupational hazards. After attending this workshop, participants will understand what heat stress is, how it affects their health and safety, and how it can be prevented.

This workshop will include a brief video presentation on how PPE may affect humans physiologically and how PPE may be tested using a state-of-the-art sweating thermal manikin.

D. Practical Use and Care Guidance for Chemical, Biological, Radiological, and Nuclear (CBRN) Respirators
Wright

Participants will actively participate in information exchange sessions about CBRN respirators. Practical issues confronted by participants with regard to use and care of CBRN respirators will be addressed by providing on-site information from the newly published NIOSH CBRN Respirator fact sheets. Last year's workshop provided instruction and guidance on the unique aspects of NIOSH-approved CBRN respirators. The workshop this year is tailored to focus on the specific knowledge and information needs of participants by providing the opportunity for group discussion on the practical issues faced by responders in defining and implementing a respiratory protection program (RPP) properly integrating information on the unique features of CBRN respirators.

Session 1, 8:00 AM -10:00 AM: Respiratory Protection Program Discussions in Emergency Response

Session 2, 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM: Live Exercise at FAA Regional Aircraft Rescue Fire Fighting (ARFF) Facility

E. Personal Protective Equipment Best Training Techniques for Pesticide Workers
Earhart

This workshop will focus on pesticide PPE best training techniques for those who train pesticide workers. There will be several demonstrations and/or exercises. Also, pesticide PPE training resources will be on display. Agencies from across the country will showcase their resources. This will provide an opportunity for agencies to network with each other and to share resources.

Integrating "Clicker" Technology and a Motivational Message into Pesticide Applicator Training to Improve Adoption of Recommended Safety Practices (30 minutes) - Speaker: Dr. Amy Brown, University of Maryland.

Hands-On Training Technique: People Learn By Doing (45 minutes) - Speakers: Kit Galvin, Pacific Northwest Agricultural Safety and Health Center; Carolyn Sheridan, Agrisafe; Bob Kincaid, Gemplers; and Ann Rivers, USDA

Videos in Pesticide Safety Training related to the use of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) (45 minutes) - Speakers: Erin Bauer, University of Nebraska, Matthew Peterson and Ron Harrison, Orkin; Carol Ramsay and Darrell Kilgore, Washington State University.


NIOSH Hearing Loss Prevention Unit Free Hearing Protector Fit Tests
March 21, 2012 8:00 am - 12:30 pm
Sign up at the registration table for a 20 minute timeframe.


The NIOSH Hearing Loss Prevention Unit (HLPU) mobile laboratory will be providing free hearing protector fit tests at this year's PPT Stakeholder Meeting. The laboratory contains the MultiFit system developed by NIOSH. This system has the unique ability to perform fit tests of hearing protection earplugs for up to four individuals at once, delivering test results within about ten minutes. Fit testing is especially critical for obtaining adequate noise protection from earplugs. Other methods, including visual inspection and subjective "feel" are very unreliable compared to the measured attenuation values a true fit test provides. The HLPU will be located conveniently in the parking area outside of the hotel and sign-up sheets will be provided in the registration area to allow attendees to select their preferred test time. Attendees are encouraged to sign up early because testing sessions are limited to four individuals every 20 minutes.

For more information, contact Bob Randolph, Manager of the Hearing Interventions Team in the NIOSH Office of Mine Safety and Health Research at RRandolph@cdc.gov or 412-386-4660.