Deliver training to Pennsylvania rural counties that addresses what rural responders must know about
public health emergencies, especially pandemic influenza, common hazards, biological hazards,
personal protection and OSHA’s role in disaster response. Agreement was signed 1/18/07.
Implementation Team Members
Joseph Chmielewski, Compliance Assistance Specialist, Erie Area Office; Sheryl Wallace, Rural
Preparedness Project Coordinator; David Piposzar, Professor Graduate School of Public Health.
January 18, 2007 – January 18, 2008
Implementation Team Meetings
Feb. 28, 2007; April 27, 2007; October 5, 2007; October 10, 2007
Training and Education
Training delivered to rural responders who will be called upon to fulfill public emergency
functions. Training covered: Understanding of critical public health emergency functions and
services; Identifying key partners in community based disease surveillance and early warning
systems; Understanding the role of local hospitals and laboratories in supporting disease control;
Communicating basic infection control practices: protecting yourself, your family, patients and
others; Where to turn for further information and training.
|The Pennsylvania OSHA CAS have participated in 23
training sessions in 21 counties: Erie AO, 12; Pittsburgh AO, 6; Harrisburg 4; Wilkes-Barre AO, 1.
||Number of Individuals Reached or Trained
|TOTAL = 23
||TOTAL = 896
Upcoming Milestones - The project started with
training sessions in Western Pennsylvania and continues to work toward the goal of providing safety
and health training to rural responders in 42 counties in Pennsylvania.