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Unit IV Case Study
The situation: You are an Industrial Hygienist for a large
New Orleans Hospital, and you evacuated to Baton Rouge after the Katrina
disaster. It is 6 weeks after the event and you have been given the
responsibility to supervise a team that will return to the hospital, evaluate
the situation, and participate in a plan to re-establish basic medical needs
for the workers involved in the recovery effort.
Your team is composed
of the hospital's current Safety Supervisor (programs and training), the
Environmental Manager (physical plant, wastes and regulatory issues), and two
technicians (versed in IH and environmental sample collection and testing).
There are 20-25 additional employees from other areas (professional, technical,
and support staff) of the hospital under the direction of the Incident
Commander. Everyone on the recovery team will be housed on site in FEMA
trailers. BOS 4301, Industrial Hygiene 3
Power for all operations is from large FEMA portable
emergency generators. Your offices are on the second floor of the building,
along with the surgical suites, clinical laboratory, and pharmacy. In your
offices, there is a considerable amount of trash and debris scattered about
with ample evidence of the public's intrusion of the area after the event. You
will find muddy footprints and open cabinets, along with testing supplies and
equipment strewn about your team's work space. The surgical suites and clinical
laboratory areas are very messy but otherwise in good shape; however, the
pharmacy has been trashed and ransacked. The basement and much of the first
floor were flooded to a level of about 6 feet. The main administrative offices,
emergency room operations, and cafeteria/kitchen were on the first floor. The
hospital will not be able to provide its own power for at least 6-8 weeks.
Normal communication lines are down. Cell phones are working sporadically, but
promises have been made for rapid improvement over the next 10 to 14 days. Most
communications in these early days of recovery are face to face.
The boss needs: The Incident Commander (person in-charge of
recovery) for this operation is looking to you for guidance on safe entry, safe
clean-up procedures, appropriate PPE for all recovery workers, and a hazard
assessment for the most critical items, or operations that can cause acute or
chronic health effects, illness, or disease.
Remember that you are
to respond as the industrial hygienist working for the hospital. It is
important to consider the industrial hygiene hazards for the hospital as well
as those introduced by the hurricane.
The questions to be answered: You may respond to these
questions in any order you choose.
What recommendations and guidance would you make to the
Incident Commander to address his concerns and needs?
What are the main Industrial Hygiene concerns for your
team and the clean-up recovery workers?
How would you organize your team?
What tasks would you assign to them?
What PPE would you require for your team members and the
recovery workers - short term and then later in the
What testing equipment would you require for your team
What hazardous materials might need to be removed from the
What air monitoring would need to be conducted?
How would you delegate certain duties to your team
Provide any other pertinent information you feel is
important and necessary.
The response for this Case Study must be a minimum of four
to five pages (not including the title or bibliography page), and should be
double spaced. In addition to the text, you should provide at least three reference
sources of information used to support your positions in this Case Study. The
Ebsco Database (Business Source Complete) is a very good source for journals
related to this topic. Students can access the CSU Online Library resources
from the My Library button located in the Course Menu.
CSU requires that students use the APA format in writing
course papers. Therefore, the APA rules for formatting, quoting, paraphrasing,
citing, and listing of sources are to be followed.