Thomas Fuller

President-Elect, IOHA

Dr. Thomas P. Fuller has over 39 years of experience in occupational safety, radiation protection, emergency planning, industrial hygiene, infection control, and chemical hygiene. He has experience in healthcare, nuclear power plants, labor organizations, biopharmaceutical labs, manufacturing, and universities. He is currently Professor of Occupational Safety and Health at Illinois State University. Tom is the President-Elect of the International Occupational Hygiene Association (IOHA) and Chair of the IOHA Education Committee. He is a member of the recently created American Industrial Hygiene Association (AIHA) COVID-19 Ad Hoc Response Team and the AIHA Healthcare Working Group.Dr. Fuller is a member since 2002, and twice Chair, of the AIHA Nonionizing Radiation Committee.As a member of the International Commission on Occupational Health he serves on the Industrial Hygiene Committee and the Working Group on Infectious Occupational Agents. Tom is also on the board of the Occupational Hygiene Training Association.

SESSION ABSTRACT

In the 2012 version of the World Health Organizations “Prevention of hospital-acquired infections-A practical guide” the recommended infection control team listed everyone from laundry service, housekeeping, and food service to physicians, pharmacists and nurses. Nowhere in the 72-page document did they mention the need for an occupational hygienist. With hospital acquired infection rates in industrialized countries ranging from 2-15 percent, and occupational exposures to hazardous infectious agents leading to significantly elevated illness in healthcare workers, the capabilities and knowledge of occupational hygienists is a greatly underutilized resource. Industrial hygiene methods of evaluation and control can be implemented in a number of technical areas that can substantially reduce both patient and worker infections, illnesses, and associated costs. In light of the recent COVID-19 global pandemic the need for ongoing input and service in occupational hygiene has become even more apparent. This presentation will provide an overview of where we have come from, and identify the roles occupational hygienists need to fill, in order to become part of the ongoing and permanent infection control team in health care moving forward.

Sponsor - Draeger Australia Pty Ltd

2:30

Wednesday 2nd Dec Day 3

Infection control for OHS Professionals

Sponsor - Draeger Australia Pty Ltd