Moderator: Stephen Pepper, Director, Crisis Management, Phillips 66
|Response Site Health and Safety Considerations|
Paul Hart, CIH, CSP, CTEH
Preventing injury/illness during an emergency response just became slightly more complicated. With the evolving coronavirus pandemic, companies are now implementing controls to prevent COVID-19, and some of the practices begin well before personnel arrive to the response worksite. And once onsite, the work practices and PPE may be quite different from just a few weeks/months ago. How will your company design and implement effective controls related to COVID-19 for emergency response situations? Which agency or technical data should you rely on when making your decisions?
Until SARS-CoV-2, the virus which causes COVID-19, can be eliminated from the workplace, companies should begin now to identify and implement engineering and administrative controls. Various types of engineering and administrative controls will be presented for consideration. Also, PPE selection and usage will be addressed. The correct combination of hazard isolation, changing the way people work, and PPE use can result in effective prevention of injuries and illnesses.
| Response and Exercise Programs in a Virtual World|
Dustin White, Response Manager & Training Advisor, The Response Group
As we move forward through the current pandemic and beyond, Emergency Managers, as a community of practice, must be prepared to respond in either a partially or totally virtual world. In order to respond effectively to such a pandemic, or any other type of incident that may occur during that outbreak, it is imperative that we use all of the tools, technologies, and best practices at our disposal. This discussion will focus on the solutions for exercises and response developed on actual responses with our agency and industry partners to manage incidents of all types in this new and evolving response environment.
| Managing Incident Investigations in the COVID Era|
Matt Kuryla, Partner, Baker Botts
With enhanced public and media scrutiny resulting from recent high-profile incidents and COVID enforcement discretion announcements, government agencies have elevated the legal response to major incidents. We have seen immediate civil and even criminal cases. Companies are changing the way they investigate root causes and corrective actions in light of legal proceedings. This segment will review best practices for conducting a root cause analysis in parallel with a legal investigation in the COVID era, and discuss key takeaways for avoiding the waiver of important legal privileges.