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Skill Building Workshops

Skill Building Workshops, June 8-10, 2011

Location: Alabama Chapter, National Safety Council, Birmingham, AL 

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Overview. The objective of the program is to develop individuals who can perform proper spirometry technique. Learning proper spirometry technique requires observation, demonstration and hands-on practice. The basics of respiratory anatomy and physiology, lung volume determinants of respiratory flow and how the environment affects the respiratory system are covered. Participants will be taught the proper techniques for obtaining valid spirometric values as defined by NIOSH including instrumentation and the basis for spirometric measurement, mechanics of data collection, reduction in accordance with the acceptability criteria and the use of predicted values.

Spirometry Refresher Agenda 

8:00 am - 8:15 am
and Introduction
8:15 am - 8:30 am
Overview of Spirometry
8:35 am - 9:20 am
The Lungs: Anatomy, Physiology, and Diseases
9:20 am - 9:35 am BREAK
9:35 am - 10:00 am Spirometers: Types, Use, and Care
10:00 am - 10:40 am Spirogram Patterns
10:40 am - 10:50 am BREAK
10:50 am - 11:45 am Measurements and Calculations
11:45 am - 12:45 pm LUNCH
12:45 pm - 5:45 pm Practicum: Calibrations, Test Procedures, Technique

Spirometry Workshop Course Director

Randal H. Robertson, PhD, RRT
Retired Professor - University of Alabama at Birmingham
329 Chesser Park Drive
Chelsea, AL 35043

Dr. Robertson has been in the field of respiratory therapy for over 26 years and taught cardiopulmonary anatomy and physiology, respiratory pathology, and pulmonary function testing for 19 years. He has been a Registered Respiratory Therapist since 1977. Dr. Robertson received the Joseph F. Volker Outstanding Faculty Award for the UAB School of Health Professions in 2001. He has served as course director with the Deep South Center for the past eight years. 

Overview. The objective of this program is to teach the participant to become an active part of a Hearing conservation Program (HCP). Through lectures, workshop exercises and supervised hands-on activities, a basic understanding of a comprehensive HCP and audiometric testing is achieved. Successful completion of the course leads to certification by the Council for Accreditation in Occupational Hearing Conservation

Audiometric Testing & Hearing Conservation Program- Refresher Agenda

 8:00 - 9:00
Audiogram Review, Referral and Employee Follow up
 9:00 - 10:00
Federal and State Regulations Relating to Noise and Hearing Loss
10:00 - 10:15
10:15 – 10:45
10:45 - 11:15
The Audiometric Test Environment
11:15 - 12:15
Hearing Protection Devices
12:15 - 1:15
 1:15 - 2:15
The Role of the OHC
 2:15 - 2:45
Employee Education and Motivation
 2:45 - 3:00
 3:00 - 3:30
Audiometric Technique
 3:30 - 4:00
Case Studies
 4:00 - 5:30
Supervised Audiometric Testing/HPD Fitting Practicum

Audiometric Testing & Hearing Conservation Refresher Course Director

Georgia W. Holmes, AuD, CCC-A
2906 Citizens Parkway
Selma, AL 36701

Georgia W. Holmes received the Doctor of Audiology degree from Arizona School of Health Sciences in 2004. She holds a Certification of Clinical Competence in Audiology and is a Program Director for the Council for Accreditation in Occupational Hearing Conservation. Dr. Holmes is licensed by the Alabama Board of Examiners for Speech Pathology and Audiology and is a Fellow of the American Academy of Audiology. She is also a member of the American Academy of Audiology, American Speech-Language-Hearing Association, Professional Audiology Society of Alabama, and National Hearing Conservation Association. Georgia serves as a member of the Board of Trustees at Holy Cross School, a private Episcopal School in Montgomery. She is a liaison and sponsor for the Montgomery Area Chamber of Commerce Interface Program to facilitate the experience of Air War College officers at Maxwell Air Force Base.

Overview. This one day workshop will provide a brief history of respiratory protection, standards and guidelines (ANSI, OSHA, NIOSH). Elements essential to an effective fit testing program will be covered. An emphasis is placed on respirator fit testing during hands-on session with qualitative and quantitative fit testing equipment. Participants will participate in sessions solving fit testing problems.

Respirator Fit Testing Workshop Agenda

8:15 - 9:30   Overview of Respirator Fit Testing
9:30 - 9:45   Break
9:45 - 11:45   Qualitative and Quantitative Fit TestingPros and ConsDemonstration w/Equipment
11:45 - 12:15   Working Lunch
12:15 - 12:30   Break
12:30   1:45   Hands-on ActivitiesComplete Station 1 Qualitative Fit Testing EquipmentComplete Station 2 Quantitative Fit Testing EquipmentComplete Station 3 Quantitative Fit Testing Equipment
1:45   2:00   Are you a Competent Person? Course wrap-up session; questions/answers/evaluations

Respirator Fit Testing Course Director

William Davis, Jr.
Director of Industrial Hygiene/Asbestos Control
Department of Occupational Health & Safety
1530 3rd Avenue South, G113 VH
Birmingham, AL 35294-0019

Bill Davis, Director of Industrial Hygiene, at the University of Alabama at Birmingham. Bill has worked in the field of occupational safety in private industry and in the university setting for over 20 years. He Certified by the American Board of Industrial Hygiene and Board of Certified Safety Professionals as a Safety and Health Technologist since 1980 (Cert. # 105).

Bill has developed and conducted training programs for management and union personnel for Hazard Communication, Hearing Conservation, Respiratory Protection, Confine Space Entry, Mobile Equipment Operation, Overhead Cranes, Asbestos Awareness, and emergency rescue. Training classes ranged in sizes up to 350 people. He has been a consultant on an ongoing basis for Fortune 500 companies. Duties include Safety and Health training and comprehensive safety and industrial hygiene audits
Professional Points

Industrial Hygienists: ABIH has awarded Spirometry Workshop Refresher 1.0 CM points
Nurses: As an approved provider of the AL Board of Nursing, The Deep South Center for Occupational Health & Safety (ABNP0420) has awarded: Spirometry Workshop refresher 6.5 contact hours.
Others: The CEU is a nationally recognized unit of measure for non-credit educational programs, with one CEU defined as 10 contact hours of participation. Spirometry Workshop refresher .6 ceus.

Registration is limited for each class, so early registration is recommended. Registration fees in full are required along with a registration form. Phone registrations are accepted with credit card payment only. Registration fees must be received in advance. The registration fee, less 20%, is refundable if written notification is received 2 weeks prior to program. Registration forms can be obtained by contacting the Deep South Center for Occupational Health & Safety at or calling us at 205.934.7178. If you have any questions or need more informaiton, please contact or call 205.934.7178  

Spirometry Workshop Refresher
Audiometric Testing & Hearing Conserv. Program Refresher
Respirator Fit Testing Workshop

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Please Note

Spirometry Workshop Refreshers: Prior to enrollment in a NIOSH Approved Refresher Course, participants will have to provide a copy their NIOSH- Approved Spirometry Training Certificate. Participants with a course certificate that is dated prior to January 1, 2000 will need to complete the full course again.

Audiometric Testing & Hearing Conservation Program Refreshers: Before registering for the Audiometric Testing Refresher course, be sure to verify your eligibility with CAOHC by calling 414.276.5338. The Deep South Center for OH&S is not responsible for applicant’s fees who take this course if ineligible for recertification

Acceptable methods of payment: VISA, MasterCard, Discover, American Express

Please make check or money order to: University of Alabama at Birmingham

Mail to:
Deep South Center for Occupational Health & Safety
Ryals Public Health Building Office 543
1530 3rd Ave South
Birmingham, AL 35294-0022 
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