Wednesday 22 September 2021





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

  • Key developments in OH practice

The Colt Foundation Keynote Lecture: Air quality and ventilation in a time of COVID
Prof Catherine Noakes, University of Leeds and member of the government’s Scientific Advisory Group for Emergencies (SAGE)

  • Airborne transmission of pathogens
  • How to make buildings safe from infectious diseases
    – General workplaces
    – Healthcare environments
  • What did we learn from the COVID-19 pandemic?

‘Long COVID’ and work
Dr Tony Williams, Working Fit Ltd

  • Is ‘long COVID’ a useful description?
    – Physical symptoms
    – Mental health
  • Assessing fitness for work
  • Return to work
  • Advising and educating workers



Adapting OH to the post-pandemic workplace
Dr Richard Heron, BP plc

  • The changing nature of work and its implications
    for OH
  • Can we deliver OH remotely?
    – To remote workers? – As remote practitioners?
  • What worked remotely – and what didn’t?
    – Health surveillance
    – Assessing fitness for work
    –  Promoting workplace health
  • Preparing for future pandemics

Risk perception and (better) decisionmaking in occupational health
Dr Perry Logan, 3M

  • How and why we perceive risk and its magnitude
  • What does it mean for occupational health?
  • Educating workers about occupational risk
  • COVID-19 – risk behaviour, vaccines and more

Key legal developments arising out of the pandemic
Prof Diana Kloss, barrister


COVID and OH – Q&A with our expert panel
Chaired by Dr Steve Boorman, Empactis

Pose your questions to our afternoon speakers, presubmitted and live questions are welcome



End of first day

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23 September 2021




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


Improving access to OH
Dr Steve Boorman, Empactis
• An update on key initiatives affecting OH


Noise, loneliness and mental health: why preventing noise-induced hearing loss is a priority for OH
Dr David Greenberg, EAVE

  • Why we experience hearing loss
  • Sub-clinical hearing loss
  • Hidden consequences of hearing loss
    – physiological effects
    – psychological health and loneliness
    – dementia
  • Impact on employment
  • Early detection and prevention

Hot legal topics
Prof Diana Kloss, barrister

  • Update on recent key cases
  • OH law post-Brexit
  • Legal hot topics and Q&A



Domestic abuse: why it’s a workplace issue
Dr Jane Pillinger, gender equality specialist

  • Impact on employees, colleagues and business
  • Support at work
  • Role of OH
  • Case study

Active management of musculoskeletal pain disorders
Prof Karen Walker-Bone, MRC Versus Arthritis Centre for Musculoskeletal Health and Work

  • Remaining active as an intervention for musculoskeletal problems
  • Is early intervention always advised?
  • The Arm pain trial
  • Making work part of the cure

What did the pandemic ever do for mental health at work?
Professor Rob Briner, Queen Mary University of London

  • Did everyone’s mental health really get worse?
  • What about those workers on the ‘front line’?
  • Did the home-working phenomenon teach us anything about work–life balance, managing stress and work engagement?
  • Can we be better prepared for next time?

Close of seminar

Benefits of attending

The 10th annual Workplace Health seminar from The At Work Partnership will be delivered virtually over two half days. Day one focuses on sharing the latest expertise and practical advice on the management of COVID, and its impact on work and on OH practice. On day two, we look beyond the pandemic to other issues that affect the workplace including domestic abuse, hearing loss and OH, and musculoskeletal pain disorders. The afternoon closes with a thought-provoking look at mental health in the wake of the pandemic.

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

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 air quality, ventilation and COVID – in our Colt Foundation Keynote Lecture
  • Practical advice on post-COVID-19 syndrome (‘long COVID’), on how the pandemic has shaped OH, the lessons learnt, and how OH can prepare for future pandemics
  • Guidance on the role of OH in preventing noise induced hearing loss; in the management of musculoskeletal pain disorders; and in support for employees suffering domestic abuse
  • An up-to-the-minute understanding of the latest developments in OH law, and how they affect your role and responsibilities
  • A chance to discuss all of the latest developments on COVID-19 and work, during our expert panel Q&A

This seminar is designed for:

  • OH professionals from the UK, Ireland and overseas
  • HR managers
  • OH physiotherapists and psychologists
  • 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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