Pre-Conference Workshops

We are pleased to announce that two pre-conference workshops will be offered on Monday, August 31, 2020 at the Hôtel Bonaventure.

Target audience: Occupational health practitioners and researchers, experienced or not! The pre-conference workshops are not part of the conference registration. Each workshop is independent of the other and cost $50, regardless of when you sign up. Please register early because space is limited to approximately 70 people per workshop. You can attend the pre-conference workshops without attending the conference, or vice versa.

The Media and Occupational Health I August 31 from 09:00 - 12:00

Co-Chairs: Marc Schenker1 and Max Lum2
Other speakers: Steve Horvath3 and Rima Habib4
1 University of California at Davis, USA
2 NIOSH, USA
3 Workplace Wellness and Disability Prevention Institute, Canada
4 American University of Beirut, Lebanon

The traditional media and newer forms of social media have enormous potential to impact occupational health. Unlike publication in academic journals, the media can reach a wide audience of the general public, activists, politicians, regulators and others in a position to improve occupational health hazards. This workshop will explore the means by which media can have a positive influence on occupational health conditions. Examples will be provided of media having an influence by: Pressuring politicians to act, moving companies to improve working conditions, educating the public to influence behaviors and attitudes, and influencing regulators to create or enforce workplace health and safety regulations.
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Format, activities, schedule
This session will begin with an overview of the media, both traditional and social media, and its ability to impact awareness and change in occupational health. It will be followed by presentations on newer social media tools, and how we can adapt our communication strategies to effectively communicate our message to new dynamics and demographics. A final presentation will focus on the power of the media to help improve the occupational health of the most vulnerable working populations. Formal presentations will be interspersed with question and answer sessions and hands-on computer time

Learning objectives
• To explain the power and role of the media as tools to improve occupational health
• To describe the newer social media, and how to use them in communication strategies
• To start using the media to improve the occupational health of the most vulnerable working populations

Estimating the Occupational Burden of Disease at National and Global Levels – Strengths, Limitations and Opportunities I August 31 from 13:00 - 16:00

Co-Chairs: Kurt Straif1 and Tim Driscoll2
Other speakers: Paul Demers3 and Lesley Rushton4
1 Boston College & ISGlobal, Barcelona, Spain
2 Sydney School of Public Health, University of Sydney, Australia
3 University of Toronto, Toronto, Canada
4 Imperial College, London, UK

The burden of disease and injury arising from exposure to occupational risk factors has been assessed at national, regional and global level in a number of studies. The Global Burden of Disease (GBD) study, coordinated by the Institute of Health Metrics and Evaluation, provides the most comprehensive data at a global and regional level. Some national studies provide more detailed information for individual countries because they have included a wider range of risk factors or outcomes and/or have had access to more detailed data.
Aspects of the GBD study mean there is less flexibility to make changes and more rigidity in study rules regarding inclusion and exclusion of risk factors and outcomes. In addition, for occupational risk factors, there are limited data across place and time for many of the risk factors. There are also limited risk measures for many of the risk factor-outcome pairs, resulting in measures of exposure being based on proxy measures (e.g. occupation or industry); on data sources focused on limited years and countries (e.g. CAREX); on data sources with known limitations in terms of coverage (e.g. injury information based on fatal occurrences reported to the International Labour Organization).
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Format, activities, schedule
This workshop aims to consider some key issues in the current GBD study and promote discussion of what the key strengths and limitations are, which of the limitations should have the highest priority for improvement and what improvements could reasonably be made in the short and medium term. In particular, speakers will provide an overview of the current GBD approach and summarize its key strengths and limitations, then summarise arguments about what evidence should be required to justify inclusion or exclusion of a risk factor-outcome pair. Finally, the speakers will propose additional risk factor-outcome pairs that should have highest priority for inclusion and discuss how exposure measures can be improved. Using these presentations as a source of information and a basis for guiding discussion, the workshop will give ample time to discussion between the speakers and the audience with the aim of providing practical, considered input to future iterations of the GBD study and other studies of the burden of disease and injury arising from occupational risk factors.

Learning objectives
• Understand the key methodological approaches currently used to estimate the global burden of disease and injury arising from exposure to occupational risk factors
• Describe the key strengths and limitations of current approaches to estimating the global burden of disease arising from exposure to occupational risk factors
• Discuss which risk factor-outcome pairs should have the highest priority for inclusion in global burden of disease studies in the future
 

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