2018 Occupational Health Summit

Practical and technical insights to reduce and eliminate the occurrence of work-related injuries and diseases

28 Mar 2018Ellerslie Event Centre, Auckland
Event Details


Registration and coffee
Opening remarks from the Chair
Dr Jim Mcleod, Independent Occ Health Adviser & Director, GXH Workplace
Keynote: Insights into the $5m research fund awarded in 2017 to target occupational disease

· Exploring the three intervention studies targeting agricultural, construction and vehicle collision repair workers exposed to pesticides, silica, and solvents.

· Understanding the purpose, use and expected outcomes of the research

· Insights into the research process and data collection methods

· What are the key findings to date?

Prof Jeroen Douwes, Director, Centre for Public Health Research
New developments in protection from radiation
Morning break
Workplace safety culture: issues and challenges in research and practice

· Concepts of culture or climate

· Challenges in measuring safety culture: research perspective

· Reflections on concepts of safety culture and climate in practice

Assoc Prof Ian Laird, Associate Professor in Occupational Health & Safety, Massey University
Preventing issues associated with noise in the workplace

· Exposing the health risks of noise in the workplace

· How to minimise risks and protect employees

· Staff monitoring and reporting procedures

Julia Crosby, Managing Director, Managing Director
Lunch break
Latest approaches and science behind air quality monitoring

· Understanding the current requirements for air quality monitoring

· What are employees’ rights with regards to monitoring?

· Common issues, barriers and solutions to effective health and exposure monitoring

· Understanding the latest technologies and science in air quality monitoring

Robert Murray, Senior Environmental Scientist, Airmatters
Wellness and Occupational Health - should they be the same?
Dr Jim Mcleod, Independent Occ Health Adviser & Director, GXH Workplace
Afternoon break
Minimising the risks of silica dust exposure

· What are the known health risks of silica dust?

· What preventative measures should be taken to minimise this risk?

· How to deal with past exposure and effectively monitor future exposure


Michelle Buckton, Occupational Health & Wellness Specialist, Protect Health
Exploring the implications of ergonomics on employee health & wellbeing

· What are some of the key health issues encountered through poor ergonomics?

· What ergonomic improvements can be implemented in the office and other common work environments

· How to work smarter for optimal health

Marion Edwin, Ergonomist, Optimise Ltd
Summary remarks from the Chair and end of Summit
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