RAPID RESPONSE- Combining Environmental and Occupational Equipment Sergeant Derek Miller – Occupational Health Technical O...
Original Purpose/Aim <ul><li>Deployed Occupational & Environmental Health Sampling Backpack </li></ul><ul><li>Environmenta...
Disaster Relief Use <ul><li>Occupational Threats </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Rescue workers </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Cordon an...
Goals <ul><li>Short term </li></ul><ul><li>Direct impact on mission accomplishment   </li></ul><ul><li>Long term </li></ul...
Know your likely hazards/risks <ul><li>Task Lists </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Hazards associated with each task/location </li></...
Evaluation (Risk Assessment ) <ul><li>Once you’ve evaluated the hazard through monitoring or professional judgement you mu...
EVALUATION <ul><li>Sampling Equipment </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Be very familiar with equipment </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Che...
CONTROL <ul><li>You cannot stop the operation so you must control the exposure to the workers and public as best you can <...
Equipment Crossover <ul><li>Water and Soil Testing </li></ul><ul><ul><li>PID </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Buildings/Camp sites s...
Equipment Crossover <ul><li>Air sampling- Personal and Environmental </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Dust Monitor </li></ul></ul><ul...
Equipment Crossover <ul><li>Noise </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Occupational - NIHL </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Environmental – Fat...
Limitations <ul><li>Know your own limitations </li></ul><ul><li>Know your equipment limitations </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Capa...
Equipment Training <ul><li>Trial Practical Refresher Course  </li></ul><ul><li>Aim: designed for competency for trained pe...
Know your equipment <ul><li>Practice  with equipment </li></ul><ul><li>Practice  with understanding results </li></ul><ul>...
 
Acknowledgements <ul><li>United States Army Public Health Command </li></ul><ul><li>W/O Steve Hunn – Royal New Zealand Air...
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Rapid Response - Combining Environmental and Occupational Equipment

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Sergeant Derek Miller
Occupational Health Technical Officer, Royal New Zealand Air Force
Directorate of Air Force Safety and Health, HQ485 Wing, RNZAF Base Auckland, Auckland 0662
derek.miller@nzdf.mil.nz

(P43, Friday 28, Ilott Theatre, 3.00)

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  • Walk through surveys should be done regularly in your normal job so that when you do it in the field yoou know what you are looking at and able to make an educated assessment of the risks.
  • Negotiate controls – You may want the Rolls Royce solution but in the reality of the field you may have to accept something less that leaves an inherent risk to personnel. Be prepared to negotiate for the best you can then help the affected areas develop SOP’s to manage the residual risk(s).
  • In-place specialist equipment and specilaists – this is what is available to you through any coalition partners in your area. Check calibration – just because an item is a day out of cal does not mean it won’t work properly. Do a bump check then use your professional judgement on serviciablity. Professional judgement – If you don’t know the answer then say so, don’t make it up or a bad shout remember there is reachback available to you.
  • Use all available sources before you go, if you’ve got time, to get a picture of potential issues and priorities of the area you are going to. Field controls PPE is often a first resort and the only one available in the field. You won’t get LEV or other engineered controls so be prepared to advise on the correct type of RPE etc. If you’re unsure about an area and the hazards there mark it off as a no go area until such time as it can be looked at in closer detail.
  • Rapid Response - Combining Environmental and Occupational Equipment

    1. 1. RAPID RESPONSE- Combining Environmental and Occupational Equipment Sergeant Derek Miller – Occupational Health Technical Officer, Royal New Zealand Air Force [email_address] OHSIG – Wellington 26 – 28 Oct 2011
    2. 2. Original Purpose/Aim <ul><li>Deployed Occupational & Environmental Health Sampling Backpack </li></ul><ul><li>Environmental Health Pre/Intra & Post Reconnaissance Assessment </li></ul><ul><li>This pack should be able to be utilised not only on deployments but routine day to day business as usual to maintain competency </li></ul><ul><li>Its components should be able to be adjusted according to threat </li></ul>OHSIG – Wellington 26 – 28 Oct 2011
    3. 3. Disaster Relief Use <ul><li>Occupational Threats </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Rescue workers </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Cordon and control personnel </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Aid organisations/groups </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Cleaners </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Environmental Threats </li></ul><ul><ul><li>To all the above and: </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Local population </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>General Public </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Water </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Soil </li></ul></ul></ul>
    4. 4. Goals <ul><li>Short term </li></ul><ul><li>Direct impact on mission accomplishment </li></ul><ul><li>Long term </li></ul><ul><li>Impact on mission accomplishment may be realized later </li></ul><ul><li>Identify acute and chronic exposures </li></ul><ul><li>Identify hazards in Water and Soil sources </li></ul><ul><li>Identify Non-obvious Health and Safety issues </li></ul><ul><li>Document/track all adverse health exposures </li></ul><ul><li>Implement/advise on appropriate control measures </li></ul>OHSIG – Wellington 26 – 28 Oct 2011
    5. 5. Know your likely hazards/risks <ul><li>Task Lists </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Hazards associated with each task/location </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Dust </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Fibrous materials </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Chemical </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Metals </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Disease </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Vector control </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Climatic etc </li></ul></ul></ul>OHSIG – Wellington 26 – 28 Oct 2011
    6. 6. Evaluation (Risk Assessment ) <ul><li>Once you’ve evaluated the hazard through monitoring or professional judgement you must: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Assess the risk to the personnel, local population and the tasks </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Inform the Chain of Command of your findings </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Request additional equipment/help </li></ul></ul>OHSIG – Wellington 26 – 28 Oct 2011
    7. 7. EVALUATION <ul><li>Sampling Equipment </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Be very familiar with equipment </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Check calibration </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Check functions (bump check, field calibrations etc) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Be aware of in-place specialist equipment and specialists (Fire, Govt Depts, Universities etc) </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Professional Judgment </li></ul>OHSIG – Wellington 26 – 28 Oct 2011
    8. 8. CONTROL <ul><li>You cannot stop the operation so you must control the exposure to the workers and public as best you can </li></ul><ul><li>Control through anticipation </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Use the equipment and practice your skills before deployment (i.e. be competent) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Websites (Google earth, industries etc) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Local info (Geologists, DoL, PH, DHB etc, etc) </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Equipment helps assess field controls </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Correct PPE </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>When to isolate/exclude areas </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Cover site </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Clean site </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Admin controls (exposure times etc) </li></ul></ul>OHSIG – Wellington 26 – 28 Oct 2011
    9. 9. Equipment Crossover <ul><li>Water and Soil Testing </li></ul><ul><ul><li>PID </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Buildings/Camp sites suitability for use </li></ul><ul><ul><li>PID </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Ghost wipes </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Passive samplers </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Light meter </li></ul></ul>OHSIG – Wellington 26 – 28 Oct 2011
    10. 10. Equipment Crossover <ul><li>Air sampling- Personal and Environmental </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Dust Monitor </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Photo-ionisation Detector (PID) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Weather Station </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Passive Samplers </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Wipes </li></ul></ul>OHSIG – Wellington 26 – 28 Oct 2011
    11. 11. Equipment Crossover <ul><li>Noise </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Occupational - NIHL </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Environmental – Fatigue and Stress </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Ototoxicity – PID/Passive </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Vector control </li></ul><ul><ul><li>PID </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Wipes </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Dust monitor </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Passives </li></ul></ul>
    12. 12. Limitations <ul><li>Know your own limitations </li></ul><ul><li>Know your equipment limitations </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Capability </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Accuracy </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Know the combined limitations </li></ul><ul><li>Know the Deployable Backpacks contents limitations </li></ul>OHSIG – Wellington 26 – 28 Oct 2011
    13. 13. Equipment Training <ul><li>Trial Practical Refresher Course </li></ul><ul><li>Aim: designed for competency for trained personnel only </li></ul><ul><ul><li>½ day theory </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>3 days practical </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>stripping and cleaning equipment </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Assembling equipment </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Calibration and field calibration </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Monitoring EH or Occ Hyg </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Understanding the results </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Knowing equipment limitations </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Using it in real scenario's </li></ul></ul></ul>
    14. 14. Know your equipment <ul><li>Practice with equipment </li></ul><ul><li>Practice with understanding results </li></ul><ul><li>Practice will develop confidence and ability to make professional judgements </li></ul><ul><li>Use the equipment in your daily jobs so that you are familiar with it before you need it quickly </li></ul>OHSIG – Wellington 26 – 28 Oct 2011
    15. 16. Acknowledgements <ul><li>United States Army Public Health Command </li></ul><ul><li>W/O Steve Hunn – Royal New Zealand Air Force </li></ul><ul><li>Philippa Gibson – Department of Labour </li></ul><ul><li>Defence Centre for Occupational Health – Australian Defence Force </li></ul>OHSIG – Wellington 26 – 28 Oct 2011

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