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Ann Arbor MI 03-16-2018 03-16-2018 Robyn Gershon, DrPH, "Emergency Preparedness Climate: A New Measure in Occupational Health"

Emergency Preparedness Climate: A New Measure in Occupational Health

Occupational Health Speaker Series

March 16, 2018
1:00 PM - 2:00 PM
1690 SPH I
1415 Washington Heights
Ann Arbor, MI 48109-2029

Sponsored by: Center for Occupational Health and Safety Engineering
Contact Information: Stephanie Bolz slbolz@umich.edu

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Robyn Gershon, M.T., M.H.S., DrPH, is a Clinical Professor, Department of Environmental Health, at New York University, College of Global Public Health. Abstract: Workers' collective perception of their organization's preparedness for emergency and disaster events is an important element of overall workplace preparedness. In order to measure this, my team and I developed and tested a new construct: "Emergency Preparedness Climate (EPC). It is similar in some ways to a concept many occupational and environmental health scientists are familiar with - namely, "Safety Climate". Importantly, EPC is correlated to key constructs that define worker preparedness: ability, willingness, readiness, and compliance. Of special interest is the finding that workers who are prepared for disaster events are less likely to experience important disaster-related adverse outcomes, including long term post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). The seminar will be followed by an informal discussion until 2:30 p.m.

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