As the use of radiation has increased in the 21st century, so has the potential for a national radiological incident requiring a public health response. Over the past several decades, state and local health departments throughout the United States have developed plans and procedures to better respond to and recover from potential releases of radioactive material. Until recently, the legal patchwork of statutes and regulations that support public health response and recovery strategies and procedures in such incidents has, however, been largely unexamined. This webinar, co-sponsored by the Network and the CDC’s Public Health Law Program, aims to examine state and local legal authorities related to preparedness for and recovery from radiation incidents. The webinar will provide an overview of a Radiological Emergency Preparedness (REP) program and protective action guidelines related to evacuation or shelter, emergency worker protections, reception centers, and return after evacuation; highlight key school, emergency planning, and partnership considerations and opportunities for educational facilities; and examine state authorities to decontaminate and restrict the movement of individuals contaminated or potentially contaminated with radiation.
Some attendees may qualify for CLE credit. ASLME is an approved provider of continuing legal education credits in several states ASLME will also apply for CLE credits in other states upon request.
Series Is Presented in Partnership by: American Society of Law Medicine and Ethics (ASLME); the Network for Public Health Law, and Public Health Law Research.