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Evaluation

Evaluation Recommendations

Recommendation #1: Operations Branch ensure that its front line responders to animal health emergencies have the relevant emergency response training including familiarity with the requirements of protocols, directives and guidelines for the use of personal protective equipment and the shipping of biological samples.

Management Response Implementation Strategy Lead/Participants Target Date Status / Comments

Agreed

It is important that all front line responders to animal health emergencies have the relevant emergency response training including familiarity with the requirements of protocols, directives and guidelines for the use of personal protective equipment and the shipping of biological samples.

Continue to provide training and familiarity with PPE requirements for front line responders

Lead:  FAD specialists
OSH Advisory (to identify training requirements)

Areas - to implement training activities

Actions taken to date:

Training completed since 2009 in the Western Area has included: Introduction to the Incident Command System (self study, end user and train the trainer sessions); OSH Biocontainment training (train the trainer and end user); Qualitative and Quantitative (Portacount) Fit testing; and Transportation of Dangerous Goods (end user training).

Ongoing training needs for emergency response preparedness in Animal Health are identified by the Foreign Animal Disease (FAD) Veterinary Program Specialists. Maintenance of the required level of training is based on a shared responsibility between the individual employee who received the initial training, their manager and the FAD specialist in the Area.

Recommendation #2: An occupational health and safety advisory position is located at an Incident Command level for all suspected zoonotic outbreaks.

Management Response Implementation Strategy Lead (in Bold)/Participants Target Date Status / Comments

Agreed

The position of the occupational health and safety advisory needs to be updated. There is a difference between the tasks and responsibilities at the different levels and this needs to be incorporated in our plans as well.

The Animal Health Functional plan - and then the appropriate hazard specific plans - need to be updated as follows:

  1. As the evidence shows it is imperative at the field and regional levels that the occupational health and safety advisor position be located as an Advisor to the Incident Commander. The appropriate roles and responsibilities of the occupational health and safety advisor need to be reviewed for each of the hazard specific plans to ensure that they are clear.
  2. At the National and Area levels, the occupational health and safety advisory will remain within the Logistics cell. The roles and responsibilities should be reviewed.

Lead: TAHD
OSH advisor
National Logistics Chief (A/Executive Director, Assets and Security Management Directorate)

Oct. 2011

Reviews / revisions underway to meet October 2011 target date.
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