WMTA SAFETY DIRECTOR DENNIS TERPIN REGISTRATION FOR ALL HAZARDS CLASS
An All-Hazards Approach to Exercise and Evaluation Program - Part – 1
Let us Design an All-Hazards Tabletop Exercise
An all-hazards approach is an integrated approach to emergency. preparedness planning that focuses on capacities and capabilities that are critical to preparedness. for a full spectrum of emergencies or disasters, including internal emergencies and a man-made. emergency (or both) and natural occurring. An emergency plan is one part of a facility’s emergency preparedness program and provides the framework which includes conducting facility-based risk assessments that will assist a facility in addressing patient needs along with the continuity of business operations.
This course introduces the basics of emergency management exercises. It also builds a foundation for subsequent exercise courses, which provide the specifics of the Homeland Security Exercise and Evaluation Program (HSEEP).Through the use of this course, exercise program managers can learn to develop, execute, and evaluate exercises that address the priorities established by an organization’s leaders. These priorities are based on the National Preparedness Goal, strategy documents, threat and hazard identification/risk assessment processes, capability assessments, and the results from previous exercises and real-world events.
After the completion of the course students will be prepared for take the FEMA IS-120.C: An Introduction to Exercises and the IS-139.A: Exercise Design and Development on-line FEMA test and upon completion receive a FEMA certificate.
Dennis Terpin, Ph.D., O.H.S.T., Retired Emergency Manager for the University of Illinois Chicago. Dr. Terpin is Master Level instructor for FEMA/DHS at the Center for Domestic Preparedness and an instructor at FEMA’s Emergency Management Institute specializing in All Hazard Position Specific Incident Command. He is also a Certified Safety Manager, HSEEP Certified, Certified Fire Officer, EMT-P, World Trade Center Responder, Hazardous Materials and Rescue Specialist. In addition, Dennis was a member of UIC’s Incident Management Team and Deputy Commander of the University’s Emergency Response Team. As a Certified All Hazards Safety Officer, he worked such events as President Obama’s visit to UIC, the 12th World Summit of Nobel Peace Laureates Conference, the 2012 Chicago NATO Summit, Senate Bill10 in Illinois, PHISH concerts and President Trump Chicago Rally in 2016 and the State of Illinois Bi-Annual certification exercise.
Intermediate Level - Respiratory Program Administrator, Mandatory, 29 CFR 1910.134©(3)
8-Hours, OSHA – Mandatory, 29 CFR 1910.134©(3) – The employer shall designate a Respirator Protection Program Administrator who is qualified by appropriate training or experience that is commensurate with the complexity of the program to administer or oversee the respiratory protection program and conduct the required evaluations of program effectiveness.
Implementing Hospital Respiratory Protection Programs is a challenging task. A healthcare facility can have up to 200 diverse types of work activities many requiring respiratory protection. Protecting all healthcare workers from potential exposures is a critical issue for EMS, hospitals, nursing homes, hospice, and other healthcare organizations.
Respiratory Program Administrator Healthcare Specific (8-Hour) LIVE IN PERSON AND ONLINE
Tue - Jan 11, 2022 - 7:00am HST – Student are encouraged to submit questions prior to the seminar.
Respiratory Program Administrator General Industry and Construction Specific (8-Hour) LIVE IN PERSON AND ONLINE - Wed - Jan 12, 2022 - 7:00am HST - Students are encouraged to submit questions prior to the seminar.
All training will be held in person or online via Zoom, depending on the registration you selected. The zoom link to launch the online safety training will be sent to your email once you register.
Both courses will help participants develop and maintain a respiratory protection program that exceeds all state and federal regulations. Course topics include: Administration of Programs OSHA, EPA, ANSI, Joint Communication, ASTM Elements, Respiratory Protection Administrator Responsibilities, Respiratory Program Program Elements, Source Control vs. Respiratory Protection, Occupational Risk-Based Approach to Respirator Selection, Medical Evaluation and Licensed Healthcare Professional Requirements, Fit Testing Requirements, Practical Applications to Your Programs, Responsibilities for Maintenance and Care, Appendix B-2, Performance Based Training, Annual Program Updates and Required Refresher Training, Program Evaluation and Recordkeeping.
Course material developed by Dennis A. Terpin, Ph.D., O.H.S.T, EMT-P, ASTM F23.65 Voting Committee Member, Respiratory Protection. FEMA/DHS Master Level Instructor Center for Domestic Preparedness, Respiratory Protections Programs. Approved for CEU’s including nursing.
Respiratory Program Administrator Healthcare (8-Hour)
Respiratory Program Administrator General Industry and Construction (8-Hour)
$199 plus tax and registration/online ticketing fee (includes materials).
by Keli'i Akina, Ph.D, President of Grasroot Institute of Hawaii
Even before the COVID-19 pandemic, we were warned that lack of healthcare capacity in our state was a deepening problem. The last two years have revealed that things are even worse than we thought.
As I discussed in my Wall Street Journal commentary published last weekend — “Hawaii Is No Paradise if You Need Medical Care” — Hawaii’s healthcare crisis includes a growing doctor shortage, lack of specialty care in rural areas, high emergency room wait times and the fact that we have among the fewest hospital beds per capita in the nation.
These are problems that have been highlighted by the pandemic, but they did not pop up overnight. They are the result of decades of regulations and policy decisions, including high taxes, extensive regulations and Hawaii’s notoriously high cost of living.
According to Lisa Rantz, my guest on this week’s episode of “Hawaii Together” on ThinkTech Hawaii, many people are still waking up to the reality of the state’s healthcare shortages.
Rantz is the executive director of the Hilo Medical Center Foundation, which has been conducting a comprehensive study of community health needs. She noted that while the state has done “a great job” at ensuring that people have health insurance, “having health insurance does not equate to having access to healthcare.”
If anything, Rantz said, the numbers understate the depth of the healthcare crisis in Hawaii. While we usually hear that the state is short about 820 doctors, Rantz says that the real shortage, at this point, is over 1,000 physicians. And it’s not just more doctors that we need. The nursing shortage is also growing. Hawaii County has the third-largest nursing shortage in the country, followed by Maui at No. 5 and Kauai at No. 13.
The shortage of specialists has long been a problem on neighbor islands, where people have to fly to Oahu or the mainland for care. But now, even Oahu is starting to notice the effects.
“I think as we’ve seen more neighbor island folks getting care on Oahu, as our shortages increase across the neighbor islands, we’re starting to feel that on Oahu,” said Rantz. “When you call your doctor and they’re like, ‘Oh, you can’t get in for two weeks,’ or ‘We can’t see you for three weeks because we have appointments from neighbor island community members,’ then all of a sudden it hits home. I think as the shortage increases, we’re starting to see more of the impact on Oahu.”
The shortages restrict possible solutions to the problem. Rantz said that when speaking to legislators about the lack of doctors, they’ll suggest using nurse practitioners or physician assistants to provide primary care. But that won’t work when the shortage exists across all medical positions.
Why does this shortage exist?
Rantz says it’s the result of a “perfect storm” of factors, many of which will be familiar to anyone who has followed our “Why We Left Hawaii” series. The state’s high cost of living — including housing costs — is especially discouraging to medical students who are already struggling with heavy debt. Combine this with the high taxes and low reimbursement rates for doctors and it becomes very difficult to recruit young medical professionals to Hawaii.
In other words, the same problems that contribute to our state’s overall population loss are exacerbating our healthcare woes.
Clearly, the first thing that lawmakers ought to do is embrace policies that will reduce the overall cost of living, like lowering taxes and making more land available for residential development. But there are other reforms that could directly address our state’s healthcare capacity issues.
We could start by liberalizing Hawaii’s so-called certificate-of-need laws, which are among the strictest in the country. A study from the Mercatus Center found that states with certificate-of-need programs have 30% fewer hospitals per 100,000 residents and 13% fewer rural ambulatory surgical centers per 100,000 residents.
Rantz also singled out Hawaii’s low Medicare rates as a problem that could benefit from the attention of our congressional delegation. At the state level, she said, the general excise tax is a significant problem for private-practice physicians. Though most people perceive the GET as a small charge, it is imposed at every transaction level and ultimately totals two to three times more than its face value of 4.5%. Combined with the state’s low Medicare reimbursement rate, that leaves private-practice doctors in Hawaii scraping by with very low margins.
Rantz said that between the high cost of living and the GET, it is very difficult for Hawaii doctors to maintain a viable practice.
“We actually just lost three providers here in East Hawaii on Hawaii island that are closing up their doors and moving to the mainland, because they can’t make the numbers work. They just can’t do it,” she said.
If policymakers are serious about improving healthcare access in our state, addressing the GET and low Medicare reimbursements are just the beginning. Other avenues to explore include reexamining licensing laws, exploring the potential of public-private partnerships, improving telehealth and, of course, repealing or reforming the state’s CON laws.
What we cannot afford to do, however, is stick our heads in the sand and hope the problem will go away. If we want to be prepared for future emergencies, we need bold changes to encourage and facilitate the provision of healthcare.
This commentary was Keli’i Akina’s weekly “President’s Corner” column for Dec. 11, 2021. If you would like to have his columns emailed to you on a regular basis, please call 808-864-1776 or email email@example.com.
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