TRB Webinar: Emergency Preparedness Against Infectious Diseases on Public Transit

August 14, 2018 02:00 PM - 03:30 PM U.S. Eastern
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Professional Development Hours for this webinar
0.0 hour(s)
Continuing Education Hours for this webinar
AAE: 0.0 hour(s)
AICP: 1.5 hour(s)
CLE: 1.3 hour(s)

TRB will conduct a webinar on Tuesday, August 14, 2018, from 2:00PM to 3:30PM ET that features research from the Transit Cooperative Research Program (TCRP)’s Legal Research Digest 50: Public Transit Emergency Preparedness Against Ebola and Other Infectious Diseases: Legal Issues.

This webinar will examine legal issues that transit agencies may face when an infectious disease epidemic arises. Presenters will provide an overview of federal and state laws and available court decisions affecting transit agencies' responses to infectious disease outbreaks, including potential cohesiveness among transit agencies' procedures and federal and state guidance. Presenters will also discuss developments in infectious disease response that affects transit agencies, such as the CDC's recently revised Quarantinable Communicable Disease rule.

This webinar is sponsored by the Transit Cooperative Research Program. There is no fee to attend this webinar; however, sign into to view registration information.

Webinar Presenters

  • Trudy Henson, University of Maryland-Baltimore Center for Health & Homeland Security
  • Michael Tennison, University of Maryland-Baltimore Center for Health & Homeland Security

Moderated by:  Megan Timmins, University of Maryland-Baltimore Center for Health & Homeland Security

Webinar Outline ‚Äč

  1. Introduction
  2. Legal background
    • Overview of state powers
    • Overview of federal powers
    • Additional federal laws
  3. Legal considerations for specific response measures
    • Closures of major traffic generators
    • Full or partial suspension of service
    • Screening and prescreening
    • Quarantine and isolation
    • Employee protocols and work safety
    • Infection control and disinfection measures
  4. Quarantinable Communicable Diseases rule
  5. Conclusion
  6. Question and answer session

The first 60 minutes of the webinar will be for presentations and the final 30 minutes will be reserved for audience questions.

Learning Objectives

At the end of this webinar, participants will able to:

  • Identify the legal framework for emerging disease outbreaks and public health response, and analyze its impact on transit agencies’ planning and response efforts
  • Assess existing agency disease outbreak protocols and policies, and evaluate whether those policies and procedures need updating
  • Recommend additional protocols, policies, considerations for transit agency emerging disease response planning

American Institute of Certified Planners Certification Maintenance Credits

This webinar is approved by the American Institute of Certified Planners for 1.5 Certification Maintenance Credits.  Please make sure that you register for this session and log-in using the link that TRB provides to your email account. We use this as your record that you attended this session. TRB only maintains the records of attendees who use their email address to log into the webinar, and cannot verify attendance of individuals who view the webinar without personally logging into the session.

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Continuing Legal Education (CLE) Credits 

TRB is offering 1.25 CLE credits for this webinar. TRB did not seek approval for the above listed workshop from the state board, so we advise that you contact your state board prior to registering for the webinar to see if credits would be accepted. Registered webinar attendees who sign in and view the entire webinar will receive a link to a certificate that they can fill out and provide to their board. Complete a certificate for each state in which you are required to file. Rules for CLE in some states require the provider to file attendance with the regulator as a service to lawyers. Please confirm jurisdictional reporting requirements with the state regulator. This certificate should be filed with the appropriate MCLE Board(s) or Commission(s) within 30 days of activity. Introductory remarks, keynote addresses, business meetings, breaks, receptions, etc., are not included in the computation of credit. TRB will retain a copy of your attendance; however, TRB is not required to submit attendance to the board.

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