EH&E and Kendall Square Association Host Expert Panel on Business Continuity for Laboratories

Disasters Happen Anywhere, Anytime.
Preparing Your Lab to Respond and Recover from an Emergency

 

October 26, 2017, 12:00 – 2:00 PM 
510 Kendall Street, Cambridge, MA
Free event! Lunch will be provided.

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Recent hurricanes and storms validate that it is not a matter of if disasters will occur, but when will they occur. No organization is immune to natural and environmental disasters, power disruptions, and flooding. The research environment, in particular, presents unique and complex risk management challenges, as clearly illustrated in the recent National Academies of Science report Strengthening the Disaster Resilience of the Academic Biomedical Research Community; Protecting the Nation’s Investment.

In the event of a disaster, a thorough and effective business continuity plan (BCP) is vital to protecting research investments and minimizing disruption and financial loss. The goal is to recover from a disaster as quickly as possible, avoid damage to irreplaceable research materials, minimize downtime, and lessen financial loss. The challenge lies in developing an effective business continuity plan, ensuring staff are properly trained on the plan, and having a framework to keep the BCP up-to-date and functional over time.

During this informative session, the panel of experts will reveal practical methods to strengthen the disaster resiliency of your organization including:

  • Essential steps to developing an effective BCP customized for your organization.
  • Communicating and training your staff on the BCP.
  • Routinely assessing the performance of your BCP.

Ongoing resiliency efforts by organizations such as the Cambridge Fire Department and Eversource will also be discussed.

Panelists:

Jeffrey Richards, CSP
Director of EHS
Alnylam Pharmaceuticals

Deputy Chief Brian Gover
Emergency Preparedness and Coordination
City of Cambridge

Dr. Edward Goldberg, CBCP
Manager of Business Continuity, Disaster Recovery and Threat Assessment
Eversource

Ted Myatt, Sc.D., M.E.M.
Practice Director, Life Sciences
Environmental Health & Engineering, Inc.

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