Online Program

Meeting the Diverse Population and Training Needs of a Union Consortium

Monday, November 2, 2015 : 11:18 a.m. - 11:34 a.m.

John Morawetz, ScM, Center for Worker Health and Safety Education, International Chemical Workers Union Council/UFCW, Cincinnati, OH
The International Chemical Workers Union Council has delivered hospital worker hands-on Ebola awareness and Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) training through their consortia members including the American Federation of Government Employees, the National Nurses United (NNU), the American Federation of Teachers, the International Association of Aerospace Workers and the Coalition of Black Trade Unionists. Representing a wide variety of professions that also includes airport workers, security personnel, other hospital workers and teachers, each with a different level of risk, presents a unique training challenge for Consortium partners. Training materials and agendas from 3 to 8 hours have created using existing Ebola factsheets, infectious disease training protocols, including those used for Pandemic Influenza and ‘first receivers’ in a disaster. Personal protective equipment training takes existing Hazwoper training for Emergency Responders and tailors it to infectious diseases and the particular hazards of doffing and decontamination.

This presentation will discuss the unique training needs of various Union coalition members, cooperative action taken by members to develop training and challenges identified among trainees.

Learning Areas:

Administer health education strategies, interventions and programs
Occupational health and safety

Learning Objectives:
Describe challenges in training union coalition members with varying levels of exposure risk Explain the unique partnerships created to develop training materials Discuss the commonalities between newly created Ebola worker health and safety trainings and existing infectious disease and first receiver trainings

Keyword(s): Occupational Health and Safety, Union

Presenting author's disclosure statement:

Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: I develop, conduct and evaluate training involving vulnerable workers and am the Director of the ICWUC Center for Worker Health & Safety Education.
Any relevant financial relationships? No

I agree to comply with the American Public Health Association Conflict of Interest and Commercial Support Guidelines, and to disclose to the participants any off-label or experimental uses of a commercial product or service discussed in my presentation.