This year our EHSSENTIALS 2016 program at UCLA will feature two topic tracks addressing both occupational health and safety issues, as well as the challenges of workplace violence and emergency preparedness in today’s healthcare facilities.

Choose and attend any sessions from any track on the day of the Symposium; no pre-selection is required.

Download all of the session slide presentations here.

Symposium Agenda – Friday, June 17, 2016

  • 8:00 – 8:30 AM

  • Lobby

    Registration & Coffee

  • 8:30 – 9:30 AM


  • Covel Commons

    Welcome & Keynote Speaker

    Mindfulness: Promoting Health & Safety by Being in the Moment
    Dr. Jessica Drew de Paz

    As scientists demonstrate numerous benefits associated with practicing mindfulness (a state of being present with focused attention), a mindful revolution is sweeping our nation. Dr. Jessica Drew de Paz will cover an overview of the University of California “Mindful Health & Safety” Center of Excellence, which offers a new, complementary paradigm to possibly create healthier, safer workplaces across a variety of industries.

    Participants will be exposed to an overview of the field of mindfulness, have an opportunity to experience a brief mindful exercise, and hear preliminary results from a recent pilot study conducted with nurses at UC Irvine Medical Center. The presentation will conclude with a bit of time to welcome your valuable feedback on this emerging topic.

  • 9:45 – 10:45 AM


  • Track 1:
    Workplace Violence / Emergency Preparedness

    Workplace Violence Prevention: Emerging Regulations, Program Details
    Scott Brehmer
    Kristie Elton

    Workplace violence is on the rise. In recent years, many high profile incidents of workplace violence, such as the San Bernardino attack in 2015, have made national news. These incidents often include guns, knives, and tragic deaths. The problem is much bigger than you may realize because workplace violence includes verbal threats or other (less newsworthy) forms of physical force. According to the US Department of Labor, nearly 2 million American workers report having been victims of workplace violence each year. Cal/OSHA has recognized the issue, particularly among healthcare workers, and has proposed legislation to help prevent workplace violence.

    This session will focus on the summarizing the proposed regulation and its requirements. Participants will learn what it takes to implement a workplace violence program, with lessons learned and program implementation victories. Participants will learn where to begin and practical steps to take in order to comply with Cal/OSHA’s proposed regulation.

  • Track 2:
    Occupational Health and Safety

    Skin Exposure and Healthcare Case Studies
    Dr. Shane Que Hee

    Skin exposure to chemicals happens a lot more frequently than people realize in healthcare settings. There are no occupational health guidelines for skin exposure except as notations to warn an industrial hygienist that the air guidance may not be protective when exposure routes other than inhalation are involved. The presentation will provide some representative exposure and exposure assessment scenarios in terms of what the skin is, the methods to measure chemicals on the skin, skin absorption, dermatitis, and biological monitoring, as well as personal protective equipment, control and prevention methods.

  • 11:00 – 12:00 NOON


  • Track 1:
    Workplace Violence / Emergency Preparedness

    Innovations in Hospital-Based Partnerships in Safety and Injury Prevention: Developing Interdepartmental Collaborations
    Santiago Chambers

    Community outreach and education can be achieved collaboratively with an interdepartmental collaborative approach. Key stakeholders from The Safety Office and Injury Prevention Department can develop best practice education materials, training and activities to help community partners better prepare for disasters. Sharing ideas, resources and manpower can enable an organization to maximize and expand reach breaking traditional silos for community outreach and education.

  • Track 2:
    Occupational Health and Safety

    Hazardous Drugs: Operational Impacts
    Shelley Carry

    Organizations today are challenged with implementing and adhering to the myriad of hazardous drug rules, regulations and guidelines. This presentation will share the trials and tribulations of how one organization operationalized various elements of a hazardous drug management program. Attendees will learn the various rules, regulations, and guidelines that pertain to hazardous drugs, understand the development of hazardous drug lists and associated controls, and receive an overview of various elements of a hazardous drug program.

  • 1:00 – 2:00 PM


  • Plenary Session

    Local Response to Terrorism: The San Bernardino Waterman Incident
    Tom Lynch

    The San Bernardino Waterman Incident on December 2, 2015, was the deadliest terrorist attack in the United States since September 11, 2001. Based on first-hand involvement in this event, as well as a long career in EMS services across the country, Tom will explain how mixed weaponry terrorist attacks have changed the paradigm of active shooter incidents; the impacts terrorism is having on communities and targeted organizations; how to integrate with the larger response system during a terrorist attack; and, how situation awareness helps predict and prepare for these incidents.

  • 2:15 – 3:15 PM


  • Track 1:
    Workplace Violence / Emergency Preparedness

    Weathering the Storm: Hospital Continuity of Operations Programs
    Joe Brothman

    Healthcare organizations play an important role in the everyday life of a community, even more so when disaster strikes. It is essential healthcare systems have viable plans in place for responding to and recovering from the impact of disasters. Most healthcare systems already have emergency management programs to respond to events, but the focus has shifted from response to organizational resiliency. It is simply not enough to respond to the disaster, now we must weather the storm and have plans in place to continue our operations. An effective continuity of operations program protects organizations from the impact of disasters and will allow healthcare organizations the ability to continue serving their communities after the disaster has ended. The focus of this talk will showcase the components of a hospital continuity of operations program and how to transition from an emergency management to continuity of operations program.

  • Track 2:
    Occupational Health and Safety

    Total Worker Health – Striving to Attain the Healthiest Workforce in Health Care
    Barbara Smisko

    Barbara will present Kaiser Permanente’s comprehensive and integrated approach to Total Worker Health including Kaiser’s structure, vision, and five strategic priorities: resilience and emotional well-being; safe and healthy work environment; productive internal relationships; environmental stewardship; and, physical health. She will also share metrics, tools and results to help explain the initial impacts of this approach.

  • 3:15 – 4:15 PM


  • Track 1:
    Workplace Violence / Emergency Preparedness

    Workplace Violence: Changing the Culture for Prevention
    William Dunne

    In any complex organization, changing culture is often challenging and this is particularly difficult in healthcare organizations in topics that are seen as ancillary to patient care. In this presentation, the presenters will discuss the techniques used at UCLA Health to create a culture of workplace violence prevention through outreach, multidisciplinary collaboration, and active daily management. The presenters will discuss specific programs both on line and in person to reach diverse audiences to prepare them to recognize and respond to precursors and indictors of violent behavior. Multidisciplinary response protocols will be reviewed and the development and vetting process will be discussed. Actively daily management and Threat Management Team Tools will be presented to engage the component of risk sensing and response.

  • Track 2:
    Occupational Health and Safety

    Legionella: What You Need to Know
    Erica J. Stewart

    Attendees will obtain a basic understanding of microbiology, growth conditions, exposure, and disease outcomes, as well as a general knowledge of water systems including design and areas of risk. They will develop an understanding of assessment strategies for evaluating risk: qualitative risk assessment, environmental sampling, data interpretation, and source identification. And, they will become familiar with current approaches to control and proactive risk assessment and water management plans.

Environmental, Health & Safety Symposium for Healthcare