“A Round Table discussion on Building Capacity in Disasters” – 2015 National COSH Conference on Worker Safety and Health

Members of the UCONN Health Center’s – Recovery from Catastrophic Weather Hurricane Sandy Project Team attended/presented at the 2015 National Conference on Worker Safety and Health hosted by the National Council for Occupational Safety and Health (COSH). National COSH is a federation of local and statewide “COSH” groups – Committees/Coalitions on Occupational Safety and Health. COSH groups are private, non-profit coalitions of labor unions, worker centers, health and safety professionals, community-based organizations, and others interested in promoting and advocating for worker health and safety. COSH organizations around the U.S. are committed to promoting worker health and safety through training, organizing, and advocacy.


UCONN Guide For Your Safety
This is one of the tools that was handed out at the conference! After the Storm – Mold and Moisture Cleanup: A Guide for Your Safety

Hurricane Sandy Project team members – Mike Fitts and Pamela Puchalski (ConnectiCOSH), and Paula Schenck (UCONN Health Center- PI) attended the conference.  Mike and Paula presented during WORKSHOP SESSION 1 – A Round Table discussion on Building Capacity in Disasters. Conference attendees who participated in the Round Table discussion included individuals involved in COSH health and safety programs, and other “in the field” health & safety advocates. The team circulated through 3 tables and delivered important messages on how to be prepared and protected from bioaerosol exposure when doing hurricane clean up. They also highlighted and solicited feedback on risk communication strategy and tools developed under a project – Recovery from catastrophic weather: mold exposure and health-related training [funded under the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) Hurricane Sandy Cooperative Agreement 1U01OH010627-01. This description is solely the responsibility of the authors and does not necessarily represent the official views of NIOSH]. The project is designed to increase knowledge and protective behavior related to mold mitigation and health effects within emergency and recovery respondents in states affected by Hurricane Sandy.







Tuesday- June 2, 2015

Workshop Session 1:

5. Building Capacity in Disasters

MODERATOR: Patricia Strizak [MassCOSH]

“Recovery from Catastrophic Weather: Mold Exposure and Health-Related Training”

Paula Schenck [UCONN Health Center] & Mike Fitts [ConnectiCOSH]


See Page 3 of the Full Agenda: http://www.coshnetwork.org/sites/default/files/COSHCON15_%20Agenda.pdf