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The participant roles needed will depend on the level of involvement.
Each event needs:
  • A coordinator who provides the participants with the information as the event unfolds.
  • One or more observers who record decisions and personnel interactions
  • Representatives from areas where decisions need to be made, including security, maintenance, administrators, laboratory directors, and front line staff.
Staff need orientation to inform what is expected of them. You may want to provide staff with a reminder sheet during a tabletop exercise to consider:
  • What are the policies and procedures we have in place for this event?
  • What needs to be done?
  • Who should be notified?
  • What effect does this event have on:
    • specimen collection?
    • testing?
    • personnel?
    • equipment?
    • utilities?
    • supplies and reagents?