B5: Lessons Learned From 9/11/2001 — 20th Anniversary Review

Celia Booth, CIH, CSP Moderator
Booth McCaffery LLC
Ponte Vedra, FL 
United States of America
Celia Booth, CIH, CSP Presenter
Booth McCaffery LLC
Ponte Vedra, FL 
United States of America
Mr. Frank Ehrenfeld III Co-Presenter
International Asbestos Testing Laboratories (IATL)
Mt. Laurel, NJ 
United States of America
Mon, 5/24: 11:15 AM - 12:15 PM
Education Session 
Room: Virtual 5 


The terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001 on the World Trade Center in New York City and the Pentagon in Arlington, Virginia resulted in a significant public health threat for the people of New York City and Arlington. This education session recognizes the 20th anniversary of this event. The following topics will be presented: 1) information on the analysis of the dust matrix resulting from the aircraft attacks; 2) this dust matrix analysis continues to guide laboratory analysis from complex emergency situations; and 3) lessons learned from a corporate risk management standpoint of the OSH professional whose corporate headquarters had front row, high rise seats to the aircraft that struck the Pentagon. USA Today, owned by Gannett Co., Inc., was located in a twin-tower complex in Rosslyn, Virginia and the journalists, like emergency medical responders, wanted to rush in to get the photographs and stories despite the dangers.

Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of the session, the participant will be able to:

• Discuss lessons learned by analytical laboratories from the dust matrix.
• Assess ambient levels of asbestos before and after the attack.
• Identify new analytical methods developed in the aftermath.
• Outline OSH lessons learned from these terrorist attacks.
• Define the importance of anticipating and planning for emergencies.
• Leverage corporate support of OSH in emergency management. 

Content Level


Interactive Session Experience



Emergency Preparedness & Response
Sampling and Analysis
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