Safety Summit

Tuesday, March 25

Collaborative Thinking Session - Focus on Safety and Sustainability
10:30 am - 12:00 pm

We are pleased to announce an exciting Collaborative Thinking Session.  We will be discussing topics of mutual interest, including chemical safety, energy conservation and safe practices on-the-job.  Plan on attending what is sure to be a lively exchange of ideas to keep our facilities both as green and safe as possible.  Facilities managers, animal care experts, public relations….all can lend their expertise to this discussion.  

Wednesday, March 26

Timely Safety Topics
9:30 am - 10:45 am

This session will kick off this year’s summit with an assortment of presentations from our professional colleagues.  This session will include presenters who will discuss changes in the industry that have occurred to increase worker and visitor safety.  Speakers will share their experiences in safely managing incidents that have occurred in their institutions.  
Moderator: Patricia Waickman
• Dennis Kelly:  AZA Safety Updates
• Ken Kaemmerer: Safety - Where we are and where we need to be
• Steve McCusker: Monday, 6 a.m.;  Fire at the Zoo
• Danny P. Holtsclaw: Managing Employee Health & Safety in the Wake of a Disaster

What is ICS and Why Does it Matter to Us?
10:45 am -12:00 pm

The Incident Command System (ICS) is a flexible, scalable system used by First Responders across the country to organize the response to an incident of all types.  This session will introduce some ICS basics, and demonstrate some of the benefits of adapting this system in your institution.  Attendees will discuss specific cases, including how using this system helped them manage events in their own facilities. 
Moderator: Rene Martin
ICS Case Study:  a short film:  Los Angeles Zoo 
• Rene Martin:  ICS:  What are the benefits?
• Melinda Arnold:  Public Information: Communicating Essential Messages in Crisis Times

Introduction to the Incident Command System:  ICS 100
1:15 pm -2:45 pm

This session will be a presentation by ICS trainers that will be based upon the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s Independent Study class ICS 100. This in-person training will give participants a basic introduction to ICS and is designed to prepare potential students for taking the on-line ICS 100 course. Instruction will be provided to participants how to find the course on-line, take the test, and receive their certificate. While not required, attendees may want to take an on-line course entitled National Incident Management System (NIMS) An Introduction, which is an entry level course on the National perspective of emergency management. This on-line course is available free of charge on the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) website.

ICS for Single Resource and Initial Action Incidents:  ICS 200
2:45 pm - 4:00 pm

This session will be based upon the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s Independent Study Class ICS 200.  The in-person presentation expands upon the ICS 100 class, and prepares potential students for taking the on-line ICS 200 course.  Instructions will be provided to participants how to find the course on-line, take the test, and receive their certificate. 

ICS: Where Do We Go From Here?
4:00 pm - 5:30 pm

The Incident Command System is so much more than assigning standardized names to positions involved in incident response.  How does your zoo or aquarium go about incorporating ICS in your intuitions?  This session will include a round table format will allow an interactive opportunity for zoological professionals which use ICS to answer questions about its implementation.  Our ICS trainers will participate and share their experiences with its use in agricultural and other industries. 
Moderator: Rene Martin
• Bob Chastain:  Lessons Learned on ICS implementation
• Yvonne Nadler:  Flu at the Zoo II: An upcoming ICS training opportunity for AZA institutions
ICS Round Table 

Thursday, March 27

Best Practices in Aquarium Safety
8:00 am - 9:30 am

The AZA Aquarium Safety Subcommittee has been working diligently on assembling aquarium related best practices for an occupational health and safety risk management program. This program will provide a brief overview of these practices. There will also be an open round table discussion to discuss safety, specifically related to AZA aquarium facilities.

Best Practices in Zoological Safety
9:30 am - 11:00 am

Please join the Safety Committee in the continuing discussion of Best Practices in Zoological Safety Programs.  This session will highlight topics of concern to the community, and provide an update on the release of guidance documents that will be available to AZA members.   There will be ample opportunity for discussion among colleagues and Safety Committee members. 

Animal Escape and Unintended Contacts:  Best Practices and Roundtable Discussion
11:00 am - 12:30 pm

We all fear the day we get the call that a dangerous animal is out or a person has jumped or fallen into an exhibit. The AZA safety committee has an active subcommittee looking at best practices regarding the preparation, protocols and actions needed to professionally resolve these types of incidents.  This worked is based around an AZA survey of what your peers are doing to prepare for such an event.  This session will be a round-the-table working session to show you this work and get your feedback before the "best practice" document is published.  If you care deeply about the animals in your care and the guests in your park, come and help shape this important document.