Wednesday 14 October 2020


Welcome and introduction
Dr John Ballard, Occupational Health [at Work]

  • OH work during the pandemic

The Colt Foundation Jackie Douglas Lecture: Mental health at work and the pandemic
Prof Sir Simon Wessely, King’s College London

  • What are the psychological implications of COVID-19?
  • Impact on healthcare and other key workers
  • Impact on staff who were furloughed or working in lockdown
  • What will the legacy of the pandemic be?

COVID-19 and other hot legal topics
Prof Diana Kloss, barrister 

  • Reporting under RIDDOR
  • Consent and confidentiality – workers’ health information during the pandemic
  • Infection and serology tests
  • What if a worker refuses a test – or a vaccination
  • Workers with household members at higher risk
  • A worker’s right to refuse work on health and safety grounds



Legal Q&A


Burnout in the workplace
Prof Christina Maslach, University of California, Berkeley

  • What is burnout and who is at risk?
  • What does the WHO classification imply?
  • How do we measure it?
  • How best to intervene
  • Burnout and the COVID-19 pandemic

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Thursday 15 October 2020


Welcome and introduction
Dr John Ballard, Occupational Health [at Work]


Assessing risk and fitness to work in a pandemic
Dr Tony Williams, Working Fit Ltd

  • Identifying evidence to inform risk management, a new approach
  • Developing a risk management tool from the evidence
  • Communicating risk information and interpretation to management and workers

What worked for OH in the pandemic? And how we could do it better?
Dr Anne de Bono, University Hospitals of Leicester NHS Trust and Susan Gee, Yorkshire Water

Two OH professionals from different sectors discuss their experience

  • Communication with OH colleagues and employers
  • Remote health surveillance
  • Assessing fitness for frontline work
  • Preparing for a new wave/re-emergence



Expert panel Q&A

  • Our morning speakers are joined by Prof Diana Kloss and Dr Steve Boorman to discuss the issues that currently matter to you. Pre submitted and live questions from COVID-19 to case management, from technology to confidentiality will be answered by our panel.

Colour vision and the workplace
Prof Anya Hurlbert, Newcastle University

  • Understanding colour vision and its implications for employment
  • Safety-critical workers and avoiding unnecessary discrimination on grounds of colour vision
  • Non-visual effects and workplace lighting

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Benefits of attending


This year, our Workplace Health seminar will be delivered virtually. The main theme will be lessons from the pandemic – and preparing for another one – but there will be discussion of other topics as well, as we look beyond the pandemic to other issues that affect the workplace.

The seminar is designed as an in-depth learning experience, with plenty of opportunities for interaction and engagement.

Whilst the event will be different from usual, it is still designed to provide a wonderful opportunity to learn, share and discuss the issues that matter most in occupational health.

In order to enhance the learning experience, all delegates will receive their printed conference documentation folders in advance of the event.

You will gain:

  • In-depth guidance on the legacy of the pandemic on mental health, now and in the future, in our Colt Foundation Jackie Douglas keynote lecture
  • Practical advice on burnout in general – and in relation to COVID-19
  • Learn from the experience of others during the pandemic in our case studies
  • Understand the evidence behind assessing risk and fitness to work in a pandemic – and how to do this in practice
  • A chance to raise and discuss your concerns – on COVID-19 and wider issues – during our expert panel Q&A
  • Look beyond the pandemic to other areas and issues – in our session on vision
  • An up-to-the-minute understanding of the latest developments in OH law, and how they affect your role and responsibilities

This seminar is designed for:

• OH nurses and physicians from the UK and overseas   • HR managers

• OH physiotherapists  • Health and safety practitioners  • Case managers

• Occupational hygienists

Don’t miss out – book early and save money with our early bird rates!


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