COVID-19: Protecting Health Care Workers (HCWs) – Decontamination of PPE

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ACOEM Webinar

Wednesday : April 22, 2020 at 12 noon Eastern

1.5 hour with live Q&A

Worldwide, health care workers (HCWs), the front-line defense force against COVID-19, have been infected with and died from this disease. There are many unanswered occupational health questions related to the use of personal protective equipment (PPE) to protect HCWs especially when the supply is limited.  While most PPE should not be decontaminated and reused, in the current emergency situation, for some hospitals, there is no other option. This webinar will cover decontamination of N95 respirators, elastomeric respirators, PAPRs, gowns, and face shields. We presented a webinar on decontamination of N95 respirators on April 3, but this is a fast-moving area with new research findings and policy changes to present. The presentations will be followed by live, moderated Q&A.

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Moderator:

Sheri Belafsky, MD, MS, FACOEM, Director, Medical Surveillance Program, Department of Public Health Sciences, University of California, Davis

Speakers:

Covid-19: Update on decontamination and reuse of N95 respirators

David Rempel, MD, MPH, FACOEM, Division of Occupational and Environmental Medicine, University of California, San Francisco

Reusable elastomeric respirators and PAPRs: University of Maryland experience and evidence base for decontamination and reuse

Stella Hines, MD, MSPH, Assistant Professor, Division of Occupational & Environmental Medicine and Pulmonary & Critical Care Medicine, University of Maryland, School of Medicine.

Decontamination of gowns, face shields, and goggles.

Jeffrey O. Stull, MS ChE. International Personnel Protection, Austin, TX

During Q&A questions on CDC Guidance will be addressed.

Maryann D’Alessandro, PhD & Edward Fisher, MS. NIOSH National Personal Protective Technology Laboratory (NPPTL), NIOSH, CDC