OSHA Deputy Assistant Secretary joins industry experts for one-day virtual summit focused on protecting vulnerable workers from COVID-19

SANFORD, Fla.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–The Integrated Bioscience and Built Environment Consortium (IBEC), in partnership with the American Industrial Hygiene Association (AIHA), announced, Protecting our most vulnerable workers: challenges, solutions and invisible obstacles, a Virtual CLEAN Summit taking place on January 25, 2022 from 12:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. EST.

Funded by a grant from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), IBEC and AIHA have partnered to bring together industry leaders in occupational safety and health, including James Frederick, Undersecretary Labor Deputy for Occupational Safety and Health, as the keynote speaker for the event.

The summit will assess current best practices, data-driven solutions and innovative technologies that help people feel confident and safe while gathering indoors while identifying remaining challenges felt around the world as organizations are struggling to reopen. Protecting workers against infectious diseases spread indoors like COVID-19 and influenza is a complex challenge that requires the knowledge of a diversity of experts with clear steps to implement in the workplace.

“Employers and their employees play a role in keeping their work environments and communities safe. While vaccination is one way to reduce the transmission and severity of COVID-19, there are other steps organizations should take to mitigate its spread and protect what matters most: people,” the CEO said. of the AIHA, Lawrence Sloan. “This summit will bring together industry experts to lead a discussion on how employees from vulnerable populations can reduce the risk of transmission of airborne infections in built spaces,” he added.

This 5-hour event – ​​which will be split by industries into one-hour sections – will explore pain points and barriers faced by vulnerable workers and demonstrate risk reduction strategies beyond vaccination and medical responses, including recent technological innovations to reduce the risk of exposure to COVID-19.

Speakers and moderators for the event include:

  • Barb Epstien: Certified Industrial Hygienist (CIH) on the Safety Services Team of the Oregon-Columbia Chapter of the Associated General Contractors (AGC).
  • Michael Ferreira: Chief Operating Officer at Vision Solutions AR and The Fire Solutions Group.
  • David Ladd: Owner and Director at Blackthorne Services Group, LLC.
  • Brett Cole: Managing Director and Chief Occupational Hygienist at BioSafety International.
  • Corey Boles: Senior Health Scientist at Cardno ChemRisk.
  • Alex LeBeau: Chairman of the AIHA Indoor Environment Quality Committee.
  • Kenneth Martinez: Scientific Director at IBEC.

“The goal for Protecting Our Most Vulnerable Workers: Challenges, Solutions and Invisible Obstacles is to bring together disparate technical disciplines and areas of knowledge to make it easier for organizations to implement safety and management practices that can reduce the spread of COVID-19 in a vulnerable workforce,” said Ken Martinez, Scientific Director and Founding Board Member of IBEC. . “While COVID-19 continues to be a critical public health issue, there is no better and more important time than now to help ensure that every worker, especially our most vulnerable – those who are most exposed to COVID-19 and also those most affected due to lost wages or reduced hours – are protected.

Summit tickets are free and available at https://www.weareibec.org/events/protecting-our-most-vulnerable-workers-challenges-solutions-invisible-barriers

About IBEC

IBEC, the Integrated Bioscience and Built Environment Consortium is working to bridge the gap between science and real-world applications so people can feel safe gathering together in indoor spaces again. Founded in March 2020, IBEC brings together scientists, OEHS professionals, disaster response and healthcare specialists to help accelerate the contributions of science and technology to healthy environments. For more information, please visit www.weareibec.org.

About AIHA

AIHA is the association of scientists and professionals committed to preserving and ensuring occupational and environmental health and safety in the workplace and in the community. Founded in 1939, we support our members with our expertise, networks, comprehensive training programs and other products and services that help them maintain the highest professional and skill standards. More than half of the approximately 8,500 members of the AIHA are certified industrial hygienists, and many hold other professional designations. The AIHA serves as a resource for people employed in the public and private sectors, as well as the communities in which they work. For more information, please visit www.aiha.org.

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