Pre-Conference Courses


MONDAY, June 12, 2023
8:00 – 12:00         Developing Occupational Health Programs
Marcia Isakari, MD, MPH, University of California – San Diego
Philip Harber, MD, MPH, University of Arizona
Amy Behrman, MD, University of Pennsylvania

Institutions of all sizes need a robust occupational health program to prevent biologic exposures, treat their consequences, to meet the inspection requirements of regulatory and certifying agencies. This class will begin by providing an overview of the regulations, workplace hazards, and hazard control practices that need to be considered in program design. Three specific protective programs will then be presented and discussed in small group sessions – respiratory protection, post-exposure management using viral vectors as an example, and surveillance for animal allergies. Differences in approaches for smaller colleges, large research universities, healthcare systems and freestanding/corporate research organizations will be explored. The three instructors will share insights gained from years of leading occupational health departments. 


1:00 – 5:00        Occupational Health and Safety in Animal Programs
Helen Diggs, MEd, DVM, DACLAM, AAALAC International