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A virtual seminar from The At Work Partnership running over two half days.

The seminar provides an in-depth clinical and management update on the cutting-edge issues in occupational health today.

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Chaired by: Dr John Ballard, Occupational Health [at Work]
With Dr Steve Boorman, Empactis

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DAY ONE:

Wednesday 22 September 2021

12.55

Registration

1.00

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

  • Key developments in OH practice

1.10

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?

2.00

‘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

2.40

Tea

3.00

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

3.40

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

4.20

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

4.30

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

5.20

End of first day

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DAY TWO:

23 September 2021

8.45

Registration

8.50

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

8.55

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

9.15

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

9.55

Hot legal topics
Prof Diana Kloss, barrister

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

10.45

Coffee

11.05

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

11.45

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

12.25

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?

13.15

Close of seminar