Communicable Illness Webinar Series

Date: February 12, 2015

Time: 12:30–2:00 p.m. Eastern (9:30–11:00 a.m. Pacific)

Location: Webinar (access instructions e-mailed upon registration)

Contact: Kristen Kennedy

Nixon Peabody’s Communicable Illness Response Team invites to you attend one or more of our webinars on communicable illness response. We have designed three webinars—one for all employers, one specific to health care organizations and another specific to California hospitals. Please see descriptions below to register for the webinar(s) that would best meet the needs of your organization.

January 29

What all employers need to know: From seasonal flu to Ebola and beyond

The U.S is experiencing a severe flu season, but this has received limited public attention. By contrast, Ebola has not been a significant public health issue in the U.S., but it generated an epidemic of fear which itself is problematic. In recent years we have also seen outbreaks of SARS, swine flu, avian flu, MERS, and more. And most public health officials agree that it is only a question of when, not if, the U.S. will experience its own severe epidemic. Is your organization prepared? Almost every employer, no matter what field they are in, should have a communicable illness response plan (CIRP) covering any communicable illness that is reasonably transmittable in the workplace. And many employers are already required by law to have a bloodborne pathogens (BBP) program. This session covers what CIRPs should include, which employers must have a BBP program, what a BBP program must include, and compliance with other laws (wage-hour/leave laws, the ADA, workers compensation, reporting obligations etc.) Finally, this session will address practical considerations for state-of-the-art employer response, including preventative steps, training programs and drills, business continuity and recovery and other key issues.

February 5

Health Care Employers: How to effectively prepare for and respond to EVD and other outbreaks

Health care providers have complex responsibilities for compliance with OSHA, public health, and environmental laws and regulations. And they have significant obligations with regard to CDC and other public health agency guidelines and requirements, as well as government emergency declarations. This program will review these compliance obligations, and practical response steps specifically with EVD, but also more broadly with regard to other potential outbreaks. Subjects that will be addressed include occupational safety and health rules and guidelines, HIPAA and EMTALA, use of experimental treatment drugs, waste management and more.

February 12

California Hospitals: Compliance with California standards and guidelines for EVD

Cal/OSHA has issued the world’s most rigorous EVD requirements, and many of them are problematic. Nevertheless, California hospitals, and other health care providers and their vendors must be prepared to comply. This session will review the latest California EVD “requirements” and “guidance,” related Cal/OSHA ATD, BBP, and IIPP requirements, other potentially applicable standards, and practical compliance steps and concerns.

About Nixon Peabody’s Communicable Illness Response Team

Our team is comprised of attorneys from our Occupational Safety and Health, Labor & Employment, Health Care, Privacy, Government Affairs and Environmental practices.

Our Speakers

  • Laurie Cohen, Partner
  • Rachel Fischetti, Associate
  • Areta Kupchyk, Partner
  • Lindsay Maleson, Partner
  • Jeffrey Tanenbaum, Partner
  • Alison Torbitt, Associate

Continuing Education

This course is eligible for 1.5 CLE and HRCI credits (general). See details here.

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