Press Release

ACGIH® Presents The EH&S Professional's Role in Emergency Response and Planning Webinar



Cincinnati, Ohio — May 20, 2009 — ACGIH® will present The EH&S Professional's Role in Emergency Response and Planning on August 11, 2009 at the following times:

2:00 p.m. – 4:30 p.m. Eastern Time
1:00 p.m. – 3:30 p.m. Central Time
12:00 p.m. – 2:30 p.m. Mountain Time
11:00 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. Pacific Time

ACGIH® is presenting a webinar focused on the role the environmental health and safety (EH&S) professional plays in planning and responding to emergency events. Emergency response planning is known by many names – hazard planning, business continuity, and disaster planning, just to name a few. However it is labeled at your organization, emergency response planning is a critical business need for today and beyond and the EH&S professional plays a critical role in the process. Their role is not only to ensure that those initially affected by the event are protected, but to protect the responders and all members of the incident command. In most cases the EH&S professional must collaborate with all departments within an organization to execute a proper emergency response plan. The plan generally anticipates and prepares for incidents that take place within the walls of the organization, but more and more the EH&S professional is requested to include plans that take into account "unplanned events" such as natural disasters, utility outages, chemical, biological, radiological and nuclear weapons (CBRN) events and other catastrophic incidents of national significance. This webinar will walk through the critical steps in planning and operating, discussing various types of emergency events, and describe the elements of a successful response plan.

After participating in this webinar, attendees will be able to:

  • Summarize and describe hazard analysis approaches to different types of incidents.
  • List and discuss the competencies and skill sets needed to enhance planning and operating in response to an emergency.
  • Describe the importance of the EH&S's personnel connections and integration within the Incident Command System staff and departments.
  • Provide critical input to the emergency response plan and list available resources available to assist planners.
  • Understand lessons learned from the perspective of the industrial hygienist and safety professional in previous emergency responses.
  • Plan, train, and conduct exercises within the Incident Command System to prepare for emergency response.

ACGIH® is pleased to offer webinar attendees an audio option. U.S. and Canadian attendees can connect to the audio portion of the webinar via the toll-free audio telephone link or listen to the audio portion through an audio stream directly through their computer. Other international participants can listen via the audio stream without incurring additional telephone charges.

Anthony J. Intrepido, MS, MPH, CIH and LTC Dennis Palalay will present this webinar.

Anthony J. Intrepido, MS, MPH, CIH is a senior health scientist at ChemRisk and a retired United States Army officer. Mr. Intrepido has over 23 years of experience in the field of occupational hygiene and emergency response. On September 11, 2001, he led the Army's Special Medical Augmentation Response Team's (SMART) Advanced Party to the Pentagon to identify, characterize, and control acute health hazards caused by the terrorist incident. In the following weeks, he supervised over 40 Army, Navy, and Air Force industrial hygienists with the mission of protecting the health of emergency responders and the 23,000 members of the Pentagon workforce. Mr. Intrepido once again led the SMART team to a 3-month deployment to Capitol Hill in response to the 2001 Anthrax letters and played an integral role as a scientific advisor to the incident commander in the remediation and recovery of the contaminated facilities. He authored numerous pre-incident response and recovery plans and business continuity plans to support government agencies responding to weapons of mass destruction events and other catastrophic incidents of national significance.

LTC Dennis Palalay is currently assigned to the Australian Defense Force, Joint Health Command, Canberra, Australia as part of the U.S. Military Personnel Exchange Program. LTC Palalay's previous assignment was the Program Manager for the Army's Industrial Hygiene Field Services Program at the U.S. Army Center for Health Promotion and Preventive Medicine. He deployed to Iraq in 2006 to conduct environmental health site assessments and soldier occupational hazard assessments for preventive medicine units in theater. Prior to Iraq, he deployed as the lead IH in 2005 with the Army's Special Medical Augmentation Response Team – Preventive Medicine (SMART-PM) to New Orleans, Louisiana and Mississippi for Joint Task Force Katrina. On September 11, 2001, he served as the SMART-PM Operations Management Officer in response to the terrorist attacks on the Pentagon. He holds an MS degree in industrial hygiene from the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health and a BS degree from the University of Delaware.

This webinar is pending approval by the American Board of Industrial Hygiene (ABIH) for .5 ABIH (IH) Certification Maintenance (CM) Point. This webinar qualifies for .15 BCSP (SP) Continuance of Certification (COC) Point for Certified Safety Professionals. Participants seeking CM or COC points must attend the live webinar or view the archive and submit a final exam and evaluation. Certificates of Completion will be issued in a timely manner after receipt and completion of these items.

For more detailed information about the The EH&S Professional's Role in Emergency Response and Planning webinar, contact Tammy Vanderbilt at or 513-742-2020.

To register for this exciting event, visit the ACGIH® website at

ACGIH® is a member-based organization that advances occupational and environmental health. ACGIH® is one of the industry's leading publications resources, with approximately 400 titles relative to occupational and environmental health and safety, including the renowned TLVs® and BEIs®. For more information, visit the ACGIH® website at or call our Customer Service Representatives at 513-742-2020.


Amy B. Bloomhuff, Esq., CAE
Associate Executive Director