Symposium Agenda – Thursday, May 3, 2018

  • 7:45 – 8:30 AM

  • Lobby

    Registration & Coffee

  • 8:30 – 9:30 AM


  • Covel Commons

    Welcome & Keynote Speaker

    CMS – Challenges in the Physical Environment
    Richard Curtis RN, MS, HACP, Chief Executive Officer, Center for Improvement in Healthcare Quality

    Regardless of who accredits your organization –if you participate in Medicare –you must answer to CMS. This informative presentation will highlight top compliance challenges in the Medicare Condition of Participation for the Physical Environment. Topics to be covered include: new ligature risk reduction requirements in behavioral health settings, life safety systems and testing requirements, compliance to the NFPA life safety code and building tours, time limited waivers, alternate equipment management plans, environmental controls, and more.

  • 9:30 – 9:40 AM



  • 9:40 – 10:30 AM


  • Track A:

    Chemical Spill –10 minutes to HazWOpER
    Shelley R. Carry, NEH&S Principal Consultant, Kaiser Permanente


  • Track B:

  • 10:30 – 10:40 AM



  • 10:40 – 11:30 AM


  • Track A:

    How to Win Friends and Influence Waste
    Joel Sigler, Senior Manager, National Environmental Health and Safety, Kaiser Permanente
    Matthew J. Huray, Senior Consultant, Corporate Environmental Health and Safety Department, Kaiser Permanente

    Healthcare generates more types of waste than just about any other industry. This includes medical waste, hazardous waste, universal waste, confidential waste, radioactive waste, food waste, landscaping waste, recyclable solid waste, and municipal solid waste. It is critical that healthcare organizations maintain and continually improve waste management programs that meet regulatory requirements and minimize environmental impact. This presentation will highlight actions that a large health care system has implemented to meet these challenges, and provide examples of steps taken to garner stakeholder support that is necessary for success.

  • Track B:

    Evaluation of Biosafety Cabinets at Controlling Exposures to Chemotherapy Agents
    Xavier Alcaraz, CIH, CSP, Principal Consultant, BSI EHS Services and Solutions


  • 11:30 – 12:30 PM


    Mid-Day Remarks / Lunch / Poster Session

  • 12:30 – 1:30 PM


  • Plenary Session

  • 1:30 – 2:20 PM

  • Workplace Violence Panel


  • 2:20 – 2:30 PM

  • Break/Networking

  • 2:30 – 3:20 PM


  • Track A:

    Mobility as Medicine
    Elise Condie, M.S., CPE, Principal Consultant, BSI EHS Services and Solutions

    Safe Patient Handling is steadily becoming synonymous with Early Patient Handling or Early Mobility. Many facilities are assembling multidisciplinary teams to tackle both issues simultaneously. More often than not, Safe Patient Handling is associated with the use of large equipment such as sit to stand hoists, sling hoists, and air assisted lateral transfer devices.

    Many patients present with a level of mobility that allows for simpler methods of mobilization-if you know how to use the tools available on your unit. This presentation reviews the medical benefits to early patient mobilization, then demonstrates, using hands on demonstrations, how to use already available equipment such as the bed, shower chair, wheelchair, and walking frame, to mobilize your patient early and often.

  • Track B:

    A Hospital Response: When a Radioactive Contaminated Patient Arrives At Your Doorstep
    David Blacksberg, MPH, Emergency Management, UC San Diego Health

    On February 15, 2018, UC San Diego Health joined efforts with their community partner, the Navy Nuclear Propulsion Program to understand the challenges of contaminated persons being brought into the facility. Radioactive persons coming into the hospital poses a hazardous threat to operations; patients, visitors, staff and the facility. It is essential to understand the impact their presence will have in the hospital and how that will ripple out to other areas of the health system and even the broader community.

    Using the Homeland Security Exercise and Evaluation Program (HSEEP) training and exercise building – block approach, UC San Diego brought together stakeholders from three different institutions. The intersections of these stakeholders demonstrates the benefits of regularly training and exercising. Whether the risk of an incident type is high or low, working with community partners provides many advantages. Building and maintaining working relationships internal and external to your organization is a key factor to ensuring business continuity and minimal interruption to operations.

    Use this session as an opportunity to better understand how UC San Diego Health identified this potential threat, and worked with community partners to better understand the risks radioactive contamination poses to daily operations and lessons learned.

  • 3:20 – 3:30 PM

  • Break/Networking

  • 3:30 – 4:20 PM


  • Track A:

  • Track B:

    Eisenhower Medical Center’s Safety Champions Program
    Speaker TBA


  • 4:20 – 4:30 PM

  • Closing Session

Environmental, Health & Safety Symposium for Healthcare