Semi-Plenary Speakers

Dr Blanaid Hayes

National Survey of Wellbeing of Hospital Doctors in Ireland

Blánaid has worked as an occupational physician in the health sector for over 20 years and is currently Dean of the Faculty of Occupational Medicine (RCPI).
She is a Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians of Ireland (FRCPI) and of the Faculty of Occupational Medicine (FFOM). She is a former president of the Irish Society of Occupational Medicine (ISOM).
Her research interests include doctors’ wellbeing, needlestick injury and influenza immunisation in healthcare workers. She was lead investigator in the first national survey of hospital doctors in Ireland which explored various personal and workplace wellbeing measures as well as lifestyle behaviours.

Prof David Koh

Occupational Health Aspects of Emerging Infections – SARS Outbreak Affecting and Healthcare Workers

Distinguished Professor of Occupational Health and Medicine
Vice-President and Assistant Vice-Chancellor (Research and Innovation)
Universiti Brunei Darussalam, Brunei Darussalam.

David qualified in medicine and specialized in occupational medicine in Singapore and the UK. He is a Fellow of the Faculty of Occupational Medicine, RCPI.
He was previously Chair of the Department of Community, Occupational and Family Medicine; Director of the national Preventive Medicine Residency program and Director of the NUS Centre for Environmental and Occupational Health Research in Singapore. He joined UBD in 2012.

Prof Paul Kuijer

Knee Arthroplasty and the Unforeseen Impact on Work

Paul Kuijer’s research goal is enhancing work participation in patients with musculoskeletal disorders by improving integrated patient-centred care by orthopedic surgeons and occupational physicians. His focus is on workers with end-stage knee osteoarthritis. Paul works as an assistant professor and consultant on work-related musculoskeletal disorders at the Coronel Institute of Occupational Health, Academic Medical Center (AMC) in Amsterdam, the Netherlands. Paul represents the Centre of Excellence of the Netherlands Society of Occupational Medicine in the development of clinical guidelines for general practitioners and orthopedic surgeons on the aforementioned topics

Mrs Agnes Parent-Thirion

Analysis of the 6th European Working Conditions Survey Data

Agnès Parent-Thirion is Senior Research Manager in the Working Life Unit, tasked with the planning, development and implementation of working conditions research projects at Eurofound, in particular the European Working Conditions Survey (EWCS) and its analyses. Her research interests include working conditions, job quality, the monitoring of working conditions, work organisation, gender, the future of work and time. She has been working in the area of European comparative surveys for more than a decade, in all aspects including design, questionnaire development, fieldwork, quality control and analysis. Ms Parent-Thirion is a graduate in economics and management of Paris IX Dauphine and Paris I Panthéon Sorbonne. Before joining Eurofound, Ms Parent-Thirion worked for a number of years at the European Commission.

Mrs Anna-Maria Teperi

Applying Human Factors for Promoting a Positive Safety Culture

Affiliation: Specialist Researcher, Finnish Institute of Occupational Health
Country: Finland
Ms Teperi, PhD has worked in research and the implementation of human factors and safety management for over 15 years. She has modified easy-to-use models and tools for enhancing the mastery of human factors in safety-critical fields such as aviation, railway and the maritime and nuclear industries. She has also conducted long-term projects in the public sector, post-incident mental first aid in particular. The focus of her work has been the utilization of ideas from cultural, organizational and system thinking for improving the safety and well-being of organizations and professional fields.

Prof Pierluigi Cocco

Prevention of Sleep Disorders Among Shift Workers and Drivers

Prof. Cocco graduated at the Medical School of the University of Cagliari in 1977, and completed his residency in Occupational Medicine in 1981. He’s currently appointed as ordinary professor of Occupational Medicine at the University of Cagliari from 2015. For about 35 years, his main field of research has been occupational and environmental epidemiology, in collaboration with the Occupational and Environmental Epidemiology Branch of the U.S. National Cancer Institute, and by conducting independent research in Italy. However, his activity extends beyond scientific research, to clinical work and teaching graduate and postgraduate courses of Occupational Medicine, and Epidemiology.
Author of more than 300 publications, and numerous presentations in national and international scientific conferences. Referee for various international professional journals. Lectures in various Universities and Research Institutes in Italy, United Kingdom, France, U.S.A., and Mexico. Active member of the InterLymph Consortium , he contributes to lymphoma research mainly in the field of occupational risk factors, thanks to his long term expertise in retrospective exposure assessment.
Prof. Cocco is currently the P.I. of a multicentre Italian study on gene-environment interactions in lymphoma etiology, and of an European project on prevention and control of sleep disorders among shiftworkers and drivers. He’s also been a member and vice president of the Scientific Committee of the European Environment Agency, Copenhagen, Denmark, and currently he’s a member of the Planetary Protection Working Group of the European Space Agency, Brussels, Belgium.

Mrs Karen Michell

The Quality and Governance of Occupational Healthcare Services in South Africa: What Lessons for Universal Health Coverage?

Karen Michell is a member of Concept Safety Systems and is a SASOHN past president, where she is also an honorary life member. She was inducted as a Fellow of the Academy of Nursing South Africa in 2015. Karen has numerous publications both national and international to her name and is the editor of the SASOHN book “A practical approach to occupational health nursing”. Karen is completing a PhD at School of Public Heath, University of Witwatersrand investigating the perceived levels of quality and compliance of occupational health services in South Africa.

Mr Jani Ruotsalainen

My Truth is Better Than Yours – How to Fight Back in The Age of Alternative Facts

Jani Ruotsalainen is the Managing Editor of Cochrane Work Review Group, which is housed at the Finnish Institute of Occupational Health in Kuopio, Finland. He manages the production of Cochrane systematic reviews about occupational safety and health topics. He also promotes the group’s review findings using a range of contemporary tools including social media, newsletter, webinars, podcasts and infographics. Jani is also the secretary of the ICOH Scientific Committee Effectiveness in Occupational Health Services.

Prof Iman Nuwayhid

Health of Working Children: Beyond Workplace Hazards

Iman Nuwayhid is a Professor and Dean of the Faculty of Health Sciences at the American University of Beirut (AUB); Lebanon. He received his MD from AUB and his MPH and DrPH in Occupational Health from The Johns Hopkins University. He is Board Certified in Occupational Medicine; a member of the editorial board of “International Journal of Occupational and Environmental Health”; an elected fellow to the Collegium Ramazzini; and an inducted Hopkins University Scholars.
His research interests include ecosystem approach to human health (Ecohealth), occupational health with a focus on working children, and public health in the Arab World.

Dr Michael Riediker

Seed Safety and Health When Rushing to Help

Michael Riediker is Research Director at IOM (Institute of Occupational Medicine) Singapore, Adjunct Assistant Professor at Nanyang Technological University (NTU) in Singapore, and Private-Docent of the University of Lausanne, Switzerland. He obtained his Masters and Doctoral Degree in Natural Sciences (Environmental Hygiene) at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology of Zurich (ETHZ), Switzerland. He is a highly experienced Occupational and Environmental Health researcher, certified as Occupational Hygienist (SGAH/IOHA), and an accredited Trainer and Grad IOSH (Institution of Occupational Safety and Health). He has extensive research experience in risk assessment relating to exposure to health hazards from environmental and industrial sources.

Prof Margaret Quinn

Healthy Aging, Healthy Work: A Global Perspective on the Home Care Workforce

Margaret M. Quinn, ScD, CIH is a Professor of Public Health at the University of Massachusetts Lowell, USA with expertise in occupational and environmental exposure assessment for studies of human health effects. She co-founded the Lowell Center for Sustainable Production which seeks to integrate occupational health and environmental sustainability into the design of systems of work. She directs the Safe Home Care Project, funded by the U.S. National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, with the mission of promoting the health and well-being of home care workers, an essential workforce for aging populations.

Prof Maureen Dollard

Work Stress, Capitalism and the Idea of Psychosocial Safety Climate. Psychosocial Safety Climate: Causes and Costs of Psychosocial Risks at Work

Maureen Dollard is Professor of Work and Organisational Psychology and Director of the Asia Pacific Centre for Work Health and Safety, a WHO Collaborating Centre in Occupational Health, University of South Australia. Maureen is on the Editorial Board for Work and Stress, Journal of Organizational Behavior, and the European Journal of Work & Organisational Psychology. She is Co-chair of the ICOH Scientific Committee, Work Organisation and Psychosocial Factors (WOPS) and was Chair of the ICOH-WOPS 2014 congress in Adelaide. She is President-Elect of the Asia Pacific Academy for Psychosocial Factors at Work and Fellow of the European Academy of Occupational Health Psychology.

Prof Mary Ross

Infections in the Workplace: Identifying Problems and Applying Research to Prevention

Mary is an Occupational Medicine and Public Health Medicine specialist and an honorary professor at the University of the Witwatersrand, holding fellowships from the South African Colleges of Medicine, Faculties of Occupational Medicine, Public Health and Travel Medicine (UK), and Australasian College of Tropical Medicine. Achievements include establishing the first African travel medicine course and occupational health research programme for the mining industry; and leading the National Institute for Occupational Health and a global mining medical service.
Mary was Scientific Chair for ICOH2009, served as ICOH Board member (2009-2015) and is Chair of the Working Group on Occupational Infectious Agents.

Dr Keiko Kono

Development of Occupational Health Nursing Assessment Tool for Individual and Group/Organization

Research Center of Occupational Health Nursing, Yokkaichi Nursing and Medical Care University, Japan.
Highest Education and Specialized Field:
University of Tokyo
Specialized Field: Occupational Health Nursing
Business career:
1962 to 1989 – Fuji Electric Co. as Occupational Health Nurse
1989 – Prof. of Occupational Health Nursing, College of Nursing, University of Occupational and Environmental Health
2007 – President of Yokkaichi Nursing and Medical Care University
2013: Honorary President of Yokkaichi Nursing and Medical Care University Director of Occupational health Nursing Research Center
Social Activity:
2012 to present – President of Japan Academy of Occupational Health Nursing

Dr Zhijun Zhou

Understanding administrative regulation on occupational health in China

Dr. Zhijun ZHOU is professor and chairperson in Department of Occupational Health and Toxicology, School of Public Health, Fudan University, Shanghai. He got his Bachelor (1985) and Master (1988) degree of medicine in Shanghai Medical University, and got his Doctor degree of Medical Science (1996) in University of Erlangen, Germany under support of DAAD. He is a member of National Occupational Exposure Limits Setting Committee, and expert of State Administration on Work Safety in China. He delivers several courses, such as occupational health, toxicology, occupational epidemiology. His research focuses on field survey on health problem due to occupational hazards exposure; toxicological study; and management of occupational hazards. He served as national secretary of ICOH for two terms.

Dr Wantanee Panprasit

Global Warming and Occupational Heat Standard in Thailand

Associate Professor Wantanee Phanprasit, serves as an Industrial Hygienist and Department Head of Occupational Health and Safety, Faculty of Public Health, Mahidol University. She mainly teaches exposure assessment and industrial hygiene. Her fields of interest include exposure and health risk assessment (HRA). She studied asbestos use in Thailand and belongs to the Asbestos Banning Group in Thailand. However, asbestos has not been banned completely. As a member of the Occupational Heat, Light and Noise Regulation Drafting Committee, the topic, “Does global warming impact on heat standards in Thailand?” is currently of immense interest.

Prof Jong-uk Won

Social Security System and Occupational Injuries

Dr. Jong-Uk Won is physician and professor of The Institute for Occupational Health, Graduate School of Public Health, and Department of Preventive Medicine at Yonsei University College of Medicine in Seoul, South Korea. He is a Vice president in the Korean Society of Occupational and Environmental Medicine, and is a director of General Affair in the Korea Academy of Independent Medical Examiners.
He contributes to the Industrial Accident Compensation Insurance Reexamination Committee as a committee member, Ministry of Employment and Labor as both a member of Policy Making Expert committee on Industrial Accident Compensation Insurance and a member of Evaluation Committee on Occupational Disease Investigation, and Korean Workers’ Compensation and Welfare Service as a member of Expert committee on Policy making.
In all aspects of his career, Dr. Won strives for workers’ health issues especially, return to work for industrially accident workers and workers compensation system since even not set any baseline of occupational health system in Korea. For substantive workers’ health promotion, he was engaged in meeting industrially injured workers as patients. As a result, he is only a few medical expert in this field with three certifications of medical board Family Medicine, Prevent Medicine, and Occupational Medicine.
Until recently, Dr. Won is conducting outstanding research team including occupational medicine expert, public officer of Ministry of Employment and Labor, and specialist of public safety and health. Also he has published a number of peer-reviewed papers, books, and articles. His study focuses on workers’ safety and health, worker’s compensation, and prevention of industrial accident now.

Prof  Yawen Cheng

Emerging Psychosocial Work Hazards and Evolving Policy Actions: Experiences of Taiwan and Other East Asian Countries

Professor, Institute of Health Policy and Management, College of Public Health, National Taiwan University
Dr. Yawen Cheng is professor of Health Policy of the National Taiwan University. She received her bachelor degree in public health from NTU in 1990 and doctoral degree in epidemiology from Harvard School of Public Health in 1998. Combining epidemiological and policy analytical approaches, Dr. Cheng is conducting research to assess health impacts of psychosocial hazards at work, and to examine how legal frameworks and policies influence psychosocial work conditions and occupational safety and health (OSH) outcomes. Dr. Cheng is active in both research and policy advocacy, and is a founding member of the Taiwan OSH Link, a non-governmental organization dedicated to promoting workers’ health rights.

Pauli Forma

Dr. Pauli Forma is Chief Data Officer at Finnish Institute of Occupational Health. He completed his PhD in 1999 in social policy at the University of Turku. His primary current interests lie in the areas of changing work and its impact on occupational health, wellbeing and work disability. He is currently in charge for building a new kind of data-base which aims to provide a comprehensive and up-to-date snapshot of the Finnish working-life by compounding different traditional and new data-sources (big data). Dr. Forma holds titles of docent in social policy in University of Turku and social research in University of Helsinki. Previously he has worked as a professor of social policy at the University of Turku and as a Director of working life services at Keva which is responsible for providing pensions for public sector workers in Finland.

Dr Rajiv Kumar Jain

Occupational Health and Epidemiological Methods Research: Challenges and Opportunities

Dr. Rajiv Kumar Jain, Additional Chief Medical  Director (Health and Family Welfare) and Joint Food Safety Commissioner,  Northern Railway, New Delhi, India, holds degrees of MBBS(MAMC, New Delhi), MD (Community Health Administration), DNB(Health Administration including Hospital Administration) and Certificate and Diploma in Chinese Language(University of Delhi). He has more than 33 years of experience in Health and Hospital Administration. He has special interest in Hospital Accreditation, Quality in Health Care, Health Administration incl. Hospital Administration, Epidemiology, Occupational Health, Child Health, Hospital and Health Care Strategic Planning, Medical Regulation and Infectious Diseases

He is Fellow of Indian Public Health Association. He is Member of International Commission on Occupational Health (ICOH) and Life Member of International Epidemiological Association (IEA). .  He has been awarded Fellowships/Scholarships by World Health Organization(WHO), National Institutes of Health(NIH); Canadian Society for International Health(CSIH), International Clinical Epidemiology Network, and International Society for Priorities in Health Care.

Prof Narufumi Suganuma

International Cooperation in Occupational Physician Training for Preventing Occupational Respiratory Diseases

Born in Nagasaki in 1968. MD (’93: Okayama Univ), PhD (’98: Okayama Univ). Professor and Chief of Environmental Medicine at Kochi Medical School, Kochi University. Serving as Vice President of Kochi University. Has special interest in medical screening of occupational environmental respiratory diseases using radiography and CT. A US NIOSH B reader (currently an International Successful Examinee of NIOSH B reader exam) since 2006. Served as a committee member of revision of ILO International Classification of Radiograph of Pneumoconioses. Contributed as an ILO expert at Pneumoconioses Workshops held in various countries in accordance with ILO/WHO Global Programme for the Elimination of Silicosis. Proposed International Classification of HRCT for Occupational and Environmental Respiratory Diseases, which will supplement ILO classification. Now conducting a world biggest birth cohort study on environmental factors and children’ s health (JECS).

Dr Lucia Rotenberg

Working Too Much, Anywhere and At All Times: Workers’ Health in Our Contemporary Communication Society

Lucia Rotenberg is a Researcher in Public Health in Oswaldo Cruz Foundation, in Brazil, a prominent institution of science, technology and health linked to the Brazilian Ministry of Health. With a background on Biology, and PhD on Psychology, she coordinates the Environmental and Health Education Laboratory. Since the 1990’s her research group is focused on health consequences of “temporal challenges” of work, such as night/shift work, long work hours, working under time pressure, with special interest in the gender perspective. In recent years, she has been devoted to studies on time-dealing difficulties among healthcare workers and university teachers.

Prof Jari Kaivo Oja

Artificial Intelligence and Robotics as Challenges and Tools of New Occupational Healthcare

Research Professor, Dr. Jari Kaivo-oja is the Research Director at the Finland Futures Research Centre of the Turku School of Economics as well as an Adjunct Professor at the University of Helsinki and at the University of Lapland. He has worked for the European Commission (FT6, FP7, H2020), the European Foundation, the Nordic Innovation Center (NIC), the Finnish Funding Agency for Technology and Innovation (TEKES), EUROSTAT, RAND Europe, and for the European Parliament. Currently he is a researcher at RISCAPE (Horizon 2020), at EUFORIE (Horizon 2020), at EL-TRAN (Academy of Finland) and at TRYOUT! (The European Regional Development Fund, ERDF). He has worked recently in the field of technology foresight and ongoing technology disruption. He was submitting in 2015 a special report to European Commision´s EU OSHA in (Bilbao, Spain) about work life changes and quality of working conditions of robotics and artificial intelligence. He has written various scientific articles about knowledge and ubiquitous society, technology foresight and work life developments. In September 2017 he was nominated by Minister Sanni Grahn-Laasonen to the National Competence Panel of Experts of the Ministry of Education and Culture in Finland. This special expert panel will focus on deep learning, educational reforms in disruptive conditions, and socio-economic work life impacts of AI and robotics in the Finnish Labor Markets.

Dr Ramnik Parekh

Mission IAOH-BOHS: Occupational Health Delivery for Informal Sector Workers through Primary Care Ecosystem
Chair: Mission IAOH – BOHS; India
Emeritus Member: International Commission of Occupational Health
Fellow: World Organisation of Family Doctors
Founder: WONCA’s Spice Route Movement
General Practitioners’ Association-Greater Bombay
Federation of Family Physicians’ Associations of India
Indian & Asian Associations of Occupational Health
Chief Medical Adviser – Unilever–India
Several Honours, Awards & Orations in India, Bangladesh, Australia, Canada & Australia
Editor: “BOHS for Informal Industry-A Manual for Primary Care Providers”
Authored 3’ co-authored 4 books
Founded 2; edited 3 journals
Qualified in Graphic Design, Film Making & Photography.

Dr Max Lum

Digital Darwinism: What Works for Moving your Information to Engagement and Impact-the Good, the Bad and the Really Ugly

Dr. Lum is an e-communication and research translation senior advisor at NIOSH in the Office of the Director where he connects with communities, partners and organizations helping to navigate the digital space-creating new channels for providing science-based OSH information for engagement, action and impact.

Dr. Lum served for fifteen years as NIOSH’s Communication Director, responsible for initiatives in health communication, marketing and media relations and served as team leader for the international program portfolio of the Institute until his retirement on January 1, 2011. Before moving to Washington, D.C., he served with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry, in Atlanta Georgia, as the Director of the Division of Health Education and Promotion, responsible for the agency’s activities in environmental, community and health professions education. 

Max’s Masters and Doctoral work in public management and communication were received at the University of Southern California. Dr. Lum lectures extensively on new media with a focus on hazard communication and research translation. He holds an adjunct-lecturer appointment at the George Washington University School of Public Health and Health Services and is the founding chair of the International Congress on Occupational Health’s (ICOH) communication network.

Dr Paul Schulte

Overview of the current state of knowledge about the health effects of nanomaterials

Paul A. Schulte, Ph.D., is the Director of the Education and Information Division, and Co-Manager of the Nanotechnology Research Center, National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Dr. Schulte has 40 years experience in conducting research and developing guidance on occupational cancer, nanomaterials, risk communication, workplace well-being, and genetics He is the co-editor of the textbook entitled, “Molecular Epidemiology: Principles and Practices.”

Prof. Alexis Descatha

Emergency in Occupational Health: from Preparedness and Response to Well-being?

Prof. Alexis Descatha’s  major field of work is in occupational health. He leads the occupational health unit at Poincaré Teaching hospital (Paris Hospital AP-HP, Garches) and is a Professor at the Versailles and St Quentin University (UVSQ Paris-Saclay). In addition of research on epidemiology of musculoskeletal disorders, Prof. Descatha  has developed teaching and research on emergencies in occupational health and works as a practitioner in the Emergency Unit of his hospital (Samu92). He is chairman of the scientific committee of Emergency Preparedness and Response. He is the Editor-in-chief of les Archives des maladies professionnelles et de l’environnement.

Judith K Sluiter

Workability and the design of health surveillance programmes

Judith Sluiter (1962) is Professor in occupational medicine and leads the Coronel Institute of Occupational Health (Academic Medical Center/University of Amsterdam) in The Netherlands since September 2017. She is director of the Amsterdam Public Health research institute, a collaboration between the two universities in Amsterdam. Her research focus is on prevention in occupational health. The design and implementation of Workers’ Health Surveillance protocols and medical examinations with interventions are studied on sector- or job-level when workers are exposed to high psychological and physical work demands which effect their psychological or physical health. Applying innovative ways and methods of assessing work ability, work functioning and chronic stress are a second focus in research.

Jean Mangharam

The development of a statewide framework for the prevention and management of work-related musculoskeletal disorders: A Western Australian experience

Jean Mangharam is the Principal Scientific Officer of the Human Factors & Ergonomics Team at WorkSafe WA. WorkSafe’s Human Factors and Ergonomics Team is a multidisciplinary team made up of Scientific Officer/Inspectors that address hazards within the realms of physical, cognitive and organisational ergonomics.  Jean leads a team of specialists that develop strategies and implement public health and policy intervention through education, partnership and enforcement in Western Australia, focusing primarily on work-related musculoskeletal disorders, psychosocial issues and occupational slips trips and falls. Jean has a background in Physiotherapy (BSc Hons- Curtin University, WA- 1992), Ergonomics and Industrial Hygiene (MSc EnvHlth- University of Cincinnati, Ohio- 1998).  She is a Certified Professional Ergonomist (CPE).   Since commencing her professional career in 1993, she has practiced as a clinical physiotherapist and ergonomist in Australia, UK and USA.

Dr Lesley Rushton OBE

Role of Epidemiological Research in the prevention of occupational ill health.

Lesley Rushton is an epidemiologist/statistician with extensive research experience into occupational and environmental causes of ill health, including studies of workers in several industries such as the oil industry, silica sand and printing industries, children’s health and air pollution, estimation of burden of occupationally-related cancer in Britain, design and application of an occupational module for UK Biobank. Methodological research includes systematic review and meta-analysis in the areas of risk assessment and cross-design synthesis. She is member of the UK Committee on Carcinogenicity and the UK HSE Engineering and Environmental Assurance Committee.

Dr William Buchta

Novel Delivery Models for Occupational Health: Responding to the Healthcare Worker Shortage

Dr. Buchta has specialized in occupational medicine since 1988 with a focus on healthcare worker issues.  Having retired from the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota, in 2016, he is now Chief Medical Officer for Logistics Health, Inc, offering health screening and evaluation services to military members and veterans in the USA.  Dr. Buchta has been active in ICOH since 2006 and was Chair, Scientific Committee on Occupational Health for Healthcare Workers, from 2012 to 2015.  He will have just become President of the American College of Occupational and Environmental Medicine just 2 days before his presentation.

Professor John Harrison

The role of education and training to sustain and develop an occupational health workforce for the benefit of working people

Professor Harrison is Head of the National School of Occupational Health in Health Education England and an Associate Professor at Brunel University. He is also Chief Medical Officer for Devon and Cornwall Police, moving in 2014 from his post of Clinical Director Organisational Health and Wellbeing at Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust.  He is a former Director of NHS Plus and an advisor to the Health and Work team of the England Department of Health. Previously he has been Academic Dean of the Faculty of Occupational Medicine (UK), a board member of ICOH and a past Chairman of EASOM.

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