Workshop Synopsis

This workshop gives a concise definition of Biological agents, Public Health, Terrorism, Continuity and Risk Management. Biological agents, its signs and syndromes as well as suspicious items or syndromes are described. Case studies are also given to better understand how exposure to biological agents may occur. A variety of factors, indicators and activities which are adoptable by unknowingly infected personnel, terrorists or disgruntled individuals which increases disruption are also introduced. Corresponding pre-emptive, response and recovery measures are also given through scenario play.

This 1 day workshop is conducted as a combination of lectures, discussions and table-top exercises. The outcome is to provide breadth of insights towards maximizing awareness of Biological Agents towards its prevention, detection, risk reduction, mitigation and response. By gaining these insights, participants from the business, transport, civil services and wider community will be better aware and equipped to ensure continuity of usual activities. This includes various perspectives which includes macro- and micro-economic scanning, business planning, labour, health, occupational safety and case management.

Core subjects covered in the workshop include but is not restricted to: Biological threats; Stakeholder mapping, engagement and public relations; Understanding recent public health crisis, management and confidence building; Basic anatomy, physiology, psychology and their implication on incident management; Threat, Vulnerability and Risk assessment and management; Guidelines to labour, health, environmental and occupational safety and security; Major Emergency Management; as well as key actions, decisions and templates for Outbreak and Biological response.

In summary, the workshop provides participants with the knowledge to be aware, design continuity, risk management programs for civilians and businesses. Participants will also obtain the perspective of an adversary with an analysis of the outcome. The depth of actual Biological equipment and operational know-how, Biosecurity Audit, adjoining Red Teaming and penetration components are addressed in separate courses.

Learning Outcome

  • Introduction to Public Health Crisis and Biological threats
  • Continuity, Risk and Biorisk Management
  • Insights into recent Public Health crisis:
  • Demystification of 2019-nCoV/ ‘Wuhan Virus’
  • Assessment of impact from 2019-nCoV/ ‘Wuhan Virus’:
  • Biological threats – Historical and Contemporary case studies
  • Basic Anatomy, Physiology and Psychology in relation to Public Health, Biological threats and Crisis.
  • Identification, signs and syndromes of Biological agents, vulnerabilities and threats.
  • Stakeholder mapping, engagement and public relations.
  • Guidelines for Risk Management, Continuity planning and Communications planning and execution.
  • Threat, Vulnerability and Risk Assessment and management (Public health and Biological threats).
  • Understanding recent public health crisis, its management, equipment, mitigative measures and confidence building.
  • Guiding principles of Biological response and its execution.
  • Programs and policies to consider.
  • Major Emergency Management (A short primer).
  • Exercise Silent Gasp (TTX).