Preventing and Treating Biological Exposures: An Occupational Health Colloquium


Preconference Classes

AM:  Principles of Biosafety for Occupational Health Professionals

Instructors:  Paul Meechan, PhD; Ellyn Segal, PhD; Maureen Thompson, BSN, RN, COHN-S, RBP   

Participants will gain an understanding of biosafety concepts associated with biological materials in various laboratory settings. Class content and discussion will include regulatory standards and guidelines, hazard identification, risk assessment and risk mitigation.  It is appropriate for both healthcare providers and for biosafety professionals who would like to enhance communication and understanding of medical providers’ prospectives.


PM:  BSL3/ABSL3:  Occupational Health Considerations

Instructors: Michelle Gochnour, MN, RN, COHN-S; Maureen Thompson, BSN, RN, COHN-S, RBP; Gary Fujimoto, MD

How do you prevent and treat biological exposures for those working in biosafety level 3 containment? What is different from occupational health for BSL-2 or lower containment?  How does work with animals in the BSL-3 impact occupational health?  This session will walk through the occupational health program with emphasis on how to plan, execute and update your program.  Content will include risk assessment, pre-placement/periodic surveillance and return to work/fitness for duty considerations, exposure and emergency planning, and the role of the occupational health professional.


 Colloquium Topics

Deep Dives Into:

                *TB –  including Diagnostics, Exposure Treatments, and TB in Animals

                *Gene Therapy – including a Lentiviral & Retroviral Treatment Protocols, new Gene Therapy Products, and Clinical Trials

                *Malaria – including Research, Medical Surveillance and Post Exposure Follow-Up

                *Herpes B – including Exposures and Treatment Guidelines

                *Sharps – follow-up on last year’s dynamic discussion on Products for Different Risk Scenarios

                *Xenotransplantation – our first discussion on this emerging science

                *More to Come



                Amy Behrman, MD, University of Pennsylvania

                Gary Fujimoto, MD, Occupational Health Consultant

                Michelle Gochnour, MN, RN, COHN-S, Seattle Children’s Hospital

                Ellyn Segal, PhD, Biosafety Consultant

                Rebecca Stenberg, COHN, MSN, RN, University of Washington

                Wendy Thanassi, MD, Stanford University

                Maureen Thompson, BSN, RN, COHN-S, RBP, Emory University

                Ashley Vaughan, PhD, Seattle Children’s Hospital