A Practical Guide to Managing Occupational Exposures

This webinar will review strategies for managing exposures to infectious diseases that may occur in healthcare settings. There will be emphasis on importance of a multidisciplinary team approach in proactively creating an exposure response plan that is standardized, but flexible, accounting for different exposure types as well as different categories of exposed persons (e.g. employees, trainees, students, volunteers, visitors and contractors).

Target Audience

Infectious disease physicians, healthcare epidemiologists, infection preventionists, facilities management, hospital/environmental safety officers

Learning Objectives

  • Describe a multidisciplinary team to identify, track and manage occupational exposures including representatives from: infection prevention and control, healthcare epidemiology, employee health, and hospital/environmental safety.  
  • Review which pathogens may require contact investigations in healthcare settings.
  • Develop a contact investigation management plan, accounting for pathogens most frequently encountered among exposures in healthcare settings (e.g. measles, mumps, varicella, pertussis, tuberculosis, etc.).
  • Describe specific challenges that may arise in exposure investigations by occupation categories (e.g. employees, trainees, students, volunteers, visitors and contractors), including follow-up care.


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David Weber, MD, MPH
Acting Chief Medical Officer
UNC Hospitals


David Banach MD, MPH
Associate Professor of Medicine
Hospital Epidemiologist and Head of Infection Prevention
Division of Infectious Diseases
University of Connecticut School of Medicine

Karen A. Ravin, MD, FAAP
Chief, Infectious Diseases
Nemours/A.I. duPont Hospital for Children
Clinical Assistant Professor of Pediatrics
Sidney Kimmel Medical College of Thomas Jefferson University

Jade Belcher
Coordinator, Education and Meetings
The Society for Healthcare Epidemiology of America


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