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August 26, 2005
Contact: Elaine Fraser
Phone: (202) 693-1999

OSHA and JCAHO Hosting Seminar on Hospital Emergency Preparedness

WASHINGTON -- Helping prepare hospital employees to respond to victims of mass casualty incidents involving hazardous substances is the focus of a conference being held October 6-7 at George Washington University in Washington, D.C.

Sponsored by the U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) and the Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations (JCAHO), the conference will feature representatives from OSHA, JCAHO, Department of Homeland Security, Federal Bureau of Investigation, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and Department of Defense.

"This seminar will offer guidance and expertise from leaders in the field of emergency management in government, academia and health care," said Deputy Assistant Secretary of Labor for OSHA Jonathan L. Snare. "It will help hospitals make sound decisions that best protect and train first receivers."

Presenters will address a variety of hospital emergency preparedness topics including selection of appropriate personal protective equipment, development of emergency management plans, approaches to strengthening communication between first responders and receivers, as well as local emergency planning groups, and guidelines for ensuring worker safety.

When victims of mass casualty incidents are rushed into the hospital, medical professionals are first to receive patients. These workers face potential exposure to many hazardous substances, including chemical and radiological materials. To help provide the level of care they're capable of, OSHA published in January 2005 Best Practices for Hospital-Based First Receivers of Victims from Mass Casualty Incidents Involving the Release of Hazardous Substances offering ways their safety can be defended from the risks these substances present. OSHA also has available an emergency preparedness and response safety and health topics Web page.

Conference seating is limited and early registration is encouraged. To register by telephone, or for more information, please call Customer Service at 877-223-6866. The conference will run from 8:00 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. with breakout sessions on the first day, and 8:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. on day two.

Employers are responsible for providing a safe and healthful workplace for their employees. OSHA's role is to assure the safety and health of America's workers by setting and enforcing standards; providing training, outreach, and education; establishing partnerships; and encouraging continual process improvement in workplace safety and health. For more information, visit

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