Ethical Issues around Contact Tracing/Testing in the Workplace

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In conjunction with American Industrial Hygiene Association (AIHA) and the University of Nebraska Medical Center Ethics Advisory Committee, the National Institute for Environmental Health Science (NIEHS) Worker Training Program (WTP) Summer 2020 Webinar Series presents its fifth in a series of COVID-19 webinars, Ethical Issues around Contact Tracing/Testing in the Workplace. This virtual event will be held Wednesday, August 19, 2:00 pm Eastern Time.

There is ample evidence that workers in “essential industries” – from transportation to health care delivery, and from grocery stores to meat processing facilities – are experiencing high rates of COVID-19 infection. And states are continuing to experience rising community transmission, often driven by focal outbreaks in workplaces. One important tool to prevent disease spread is contact tracing. Yet, especially in workplaces, contact tracing must be implemented in ways that are both ethical and effective to best protect workers who are already bearing disproportionate burdens in the pandemic. This session will examine key ethical issues typically associated with contact tracing and the workplace, including the impacts of weak protections for workers and structural factors that leave workers more vulnerable and disadvantaged in the context of contact tracing. The panelists will end with a discussion of how to optimize both the ethics and effectiveness of contact tracing to prevent workplace outbreaks.

Matt Wynia, MD, MPH, Director of the Center for Bioethics and Humanities at the University of Colorado, UNMC Global Center for Health Security Ethics Advisory Committee Chair (Moderator)
Mark Rothstein, JD, Director of the Institute for Bioethics, Health Policy and Law at the University of Louisville School of Medicine
Seema Mohapatra, JD, MPH, Associate Professor of Law and Dean’s Fellow, Indiana University Robert H. McKinney School of Law, UNMC Global Center for Health Security Ethics Advisory Committee Member

To register and attend this webinar, click this link:
Ethical Issues around Contact Tracing/Testing in the Workplace, Wednesday, August 19, 2020
2:00 – 3:00 p.m. EDT
OR call the number below and enter the access code.
Access code: 126 244 4196

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