2018 Occupational Health Summit

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

Agenda

8.30
Registration and coffee
9.00
Opening remarks from the Chair
Dr Jim Mcleod, Independent Occ Health Adviser & Director, GXH Workplace
9.10
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
9.50
New developments in protection from radiation
  • What are the known health risks of radiation?
  • What preventative measures should be taken to minimise this risk?
  • How to deal with past exposure and effectively monitor future exposure
Cris Ardouin, Senior Scientist (Radiation Protection), National Centre for Radiation Science (NCRS), Institute of Environmental Science and Research Ltd (ESR)
10.30
Morning break
11.00
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
11.40
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
12.20
Lunch break
1.20
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
2.00
Wellness and Occupational Health - should they be the same?
Dr Jim Mcleod, Independent Occ Health Adviser & Director, GXH Workplace
2.30
Afternoon break
2.50
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
3.20
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
4.00
Summary remarks from the Chair and end of Summit
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