2021 Occupational Health Management Summit
October 28-29, 2021 * Orlando, FL

2021 Occupational Health Management Summit

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COVID-19 Advisory: BRI Network holds above all else, the health & safety of our attendees and their families. Currently this event is scheduled as an in-person event. We will however, continue to monitor and follow recommendations regarding capacity from CDC and other health agencies.
About the Conference

The COVID-19 pandemic has created unprecedented challenges for employers. Many corners of our world and our economy were unprepared and left scrambling to respond. As our collective response to the pandemic has evolved, the workplace has become a key testing ground for creating safe and effective protocols to protect workers on the job and society at large.

Your employees are your greatest investment. When they get sick or injured on the job, getting them back to full health and function is a top priority. But it’s even better if you can prevent the injuries and illnesses in the first place. Keeping employees healthy and safe is a key to maintaining a productive workforce. Attaining these goals can be a challenge for employers.

Regardless of your industry or company size, an occupational health program can help reduce overall healthcare costs and improve employee productivity. This conference will bring together employers and key stakeholders explore several ways occupational health services can benefit your business. Learn how to better manage programs and control costs while improving outcomes of injured workers. Attendees will leave with valuable networking contacts, new insights, and a better understanding of today’s environment. Learn about the latest research, key issues and challenges—such as worker safety and health amid COVID-19, how to build resilience, mental health in the workplace, how to manage the health and safety of remote employees, and more.

Who Should Attend?
From Employers/Occupational Health/Hospitals/Health Systems

  • CEO’s/CFO’s/VP’s/COO
  • Human Resource Directors/Managers
  • Benefits Directors/Managers
  • Occupational Health Nurses
  • Wellness Directors
  • Medical Directors
  • Worksite Center Directors
  • Telehealth Directors
  • Risk Manager
  • Operations Directors
  • Physicians
  • Director of Compensation
  • Safety Managers
  • Health Service Manager
  • Case Managers
  • Workers Compensation Managers

Also of Interest to Vendors/Solution Providers

Conference Agenda

Day One – Thursday, October 28, 2021
7:15am – 8:00am
Conference Registration & Networking Breakfast

8:00am – 8:15am
Chairperson’s Opening Remarks

8:15am – 9:00am
Worker Safety and Health Amid the COVID-19 Pandemic:
Guidance on Preparing Workplaces for Return to Work
Workers and employers are seeking new ways to provide service while keeping their workforce and others safe. During all phases of reopening, employers must implement strategies for basic hygiene (e.g., hand hygiene; cleaning and disinfection), social distancing, identification and isolation of sick employees, workplace controls and flexibilities, and employee training that are appropriate for the particular phase. This session will provide an overview on implementing COVID-19 procedures to prevent exposure, infection and spreading. Employers will also learn how to identify risk levels in the workplace setting and how to determine any appropriate control measures to implement.

9:00am – 9:45am
How to Build Resilience in the Workplace
The way organizations lead and manage in times of uncertainty is critical to business performance and their ability to remain competitive and relevant. The COVID-19 pandemic has only magnified and accelerated the fact that organizations are facing widespread uncertainty, ambiguity and transformation as we shift toward a more global and digital world. At the same time, employees are expected to keep pace with the evolving workplace (in many cases virtually), actively fine-tune their competencies and skills, adopt new processes and technology, and stay productive and engaged. With the employee experience at the center, the way organizations lead and manage in this new normal is critical to business performance and their ability to remain relevant and competitive. In today’s constantly shifting landscape, resilience is an anchor that can help leaders maintain employee productivity and enhance the performance and quality of their organization. Resilience also helps leaders make decisions and demonstrate their investment in their workforce’s. This session will explore how employers can foster a more resilient workplace culture.

9:45am – 10:15am
Networking & Refreshments Break

10:15am – 11:00am
Mental Health in the Workplace
While much of the focus in occupational health and safety continues to be on the physical condition and wellbeing of employees, another health issue has rapidly emerged as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic – mental health. With more social isolation, employment losses and downturns, and added safety procedures in the workplace to maintain physical wellbeing, employees are faced with change and uncertainty, and it’s beginning to take its toll. Adding to that, the recent national protests have led to a growing recognition of how race and systemic racism can impact the overall mental health of people of color. This session will examine how employers can support employees’ mental wellbeing.

11:00am – 11:45pm
Recognizing and Addressing Health Inequities
This session will help employers recognize worker health inequities and identify ways they can be eliminated. Topics to be discussed will include:
– Social determinants of health
– Health equity
– Social and environmental justice
– Occupational and environmental health and safety
– Patterns of disparities of workplace injuries, illnesses and fatalities
– Intervention efforts such as developing programs that better meet the needs of the increasingly diverse U.S. workforce

11:45am – 12:30pm
How to Manage the Health and Safety of Remote Employees
When 2020 began, the average manager may have supervised a handful of remote workers. Now, because of the COVID-19 pandemic, many companies are having some or all of their employees work from home for the foreseeable future. Working from home can benefit both employers and employees. One often-cited advantage is increased productivity since workers don’t have to spend long hours commuting. Companies can also save on costs if they don’t have to maintain a large office. In addition, since employees are working from home, they can enjoy flexible working hours. Furthermore, this structure can help companies expand their presence in strategic locations. However, people working at home will also be isolated from their colleagues and have no direct supervision. This session will explore how to protect the health and safety of a remote workforce.

12:30pm
Lunch Break

1:30pm – 2:15pm
Telehealth for Occupational Health
Companies have always run on the mantra that employee health is important to the company’s bottom line, and that lost work time means lost productivity. Now they’re beginning to see that telehealth can play an important part in those outcomes. Businesses that used to send an injured employee to the local doctor are now using telehealth to bring the doctor to the employee, reducing travel and out-of-work expenses and improving – even enhancing – recovery time. This session will examine how telehealth benefits both the injured worker and the company find better health outcomes.

2:15pm – 3:15pm
Panel: Lessons Learned from COVID-19: Pandemic Planning
While we can now see the faint light at the end of the pandemic tunnel created by COVID-19, that doesn’t mean we should let up on planning. What does that mean for employers that are not yet back to full production? What surveillance will be needed so that employers can respond to outbreaks? Can we just go back to “normal?” This session will explore lessons learned from COVID-19, best practices, and how we can prepare for the future.

3:15pm – 3:45pm
Networking & Refreshments Break

3:45pm – 4:30pm
Workplace Stress: A Silent Killer of Employee Health and Productivity
Work-related stress is one of the major concerns for occupational safety and health. Workplace stress may affect workers’ well-being and lead to health issues, and it has been estimated that about half of all work absence is due to work-related stress disorders. Workplace stress not only affects the worker, but it also has adverse effects on company performance well. This session will examine how employers should begin to tackle this worrisome concern to create a healthier, safer and more productive work atmosphere.

4:30pm – 5:15pm
The Importance of Medical Surveillance in the Workplace
Medical surveillance is a fundamental strategy for optimizing employee health and serves as a feedback loop to the employer. This session will examine how to leverage medical surveillance to identify potential problem areas and the effectiveness of existing worksite preventative strategies, as well as specific hazard and surveillance guidelines. You will also learn about components of these programs include management commitment, employee participation, hazard identification and control, employee training and program evaluation.

5:15pm
End of Day One

Day Two – Friday, October 29, 2021
7:15am – 8:00am
Networking Breakfast

8:00am – 8:15am
Chairperson’s Recap

8:15am – 9:00am
The New Rules of the Workplace: The Latest Occupational Health and Safety Regulations
Employers must navigate how to bring employees back safely to the office and keep them healthy once they are there. This session will examine best practices including complying with OSHA. Industry. Topics to be discussed will include:
– Return to work policies and procedures that all employers must follow
– Developing a strategy for characterizing your employees into the risk categories
– Types of workplaces that fall into risk exposures and related litigation risks

9:00am – 9:45am
How Social Determinants of Health Affect Workers’ Health and the Bottom Line
Over the past decade, the focus on improving employee health has morphed from a single spotlight on physical wellness to an overarching view of wellbeing, including physical, mental, and social health. Even with that shift, however, the focus has remained on the individual employee’s health risks and behaviors. Social determinants of health (including the economic, political and environmental conditions in which people are born, age, live and work), have a significant impact on development and the future health of individuals. Public health organizations and healthcare providers have been leveraging this concept to empower better health in communities, but there’s a key player in healthcare that needs to shift its focus: employers. This session will examine how social determinants of health have a significant impact on employee health status, and consequently on employer healthcare costs as well as business performance.

9:45am – 10:15am
Networking & Refreshments Break

10:15am – 11:00am
Occupational Injury and Illness Recording and Reporting Requirements
Employers must understand how and when to record employee injuries and illnesses, as well as what not to record. This session will explore a step-by-step approach through injury and illness recordkeeping requirements and ensuring that your organization is covered, as well as how to document and maintain accurate records of work-related injuries and illnesses.

11:00am – 11:45am
The Relationship Between Safety and Workers’ Compensation
Ensuring compliance with state or federal occupational safety and health laws and regulations is only part of a workplace safety and health professional’s job. Often, safety managers also handle aspects of an employer’s workers’ compensation program. The two aspects of the job have different demands. The Occupational Safety and Health Act of 1970 and state workers’ compensation laws create complimentary and competing responsibilities for employers. This session will examine how safety managers can help their employers contain the costs of workers’ compensation claims and premiums by spotting and correcting workplace hazards before they cause an injury and by fostering a strong culture of safety throughout the organization.

11:45am – 12:30pm
The Benefits of Value-Based Healthcare for Employers and Employees
The U.S. healthcare system has undergone significant changes over the years. One transformation that likely will stand the test of time is the industry’s transition from fee-for-service to value-based care payment models, which helps reduce cost while improving quality. While the fee-for-service model has been the prevailing approach in healthcare, a system of value-based care that benefits workers and employers alike could soon replace this outdated model. With healthcare costs increasing across the board and employees growing less willing to cover large percentages of their care, employers are seeking innovative health plan designs aimed at reducing the high cost of healthcare. This session will explore the benefits value-based healthcare has for employers and employees alike.

12:30pm
Conference Concludes

Workshop – Friday, October 29, 2021
12:45pm – 2:45pm
Workshop: Implementing a Workplace Wellness Program

Organizations who invest in not only the onsite safety of their employees, but also their overall health and wellness by implementing workplace wellness programs, enjoy significant benefits, including reduced employee absenteeism, increased levels of employee productivity and reduced health care costs. A comprehensive worksite wellness program raises health awareness among employees. It can help to increase their knowledge about important health concerns, encourage them to consider healthier behaviors, and provide them with a supportive environment, from top management on down, to adopt and maintain healthy lifestyle changes. Key components of a successful program are planning, implementation, and evaluation. This session will examine steps to start a workplace wellness program, including:

– Conducting an organizational assessment
– Obtaining management support
– Establishing a wellness committee
– Obtaining employee input
– Obtaining external support
– Developing goals and objectives
– Designing and implementing programs
– Selecting incentives

Venue
JW Marriott Orlando Bonnet Creek Resort & Spa
14900 Chelonia Pkwy
Orlando, FL 32821
407-919-6300
Sponsors and Exhibitors
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FAQ

Are there group discounts available?

  • Yes – Register a group of 3 or more at the same time and receive an additional 10% off the registration fee

What is the cancellation policy?

  • Cancellations received 4 weeks prior to the event will receive a refund minus the administration fee of $225. Cancellation received less than 4 weeks prior to the event will receive a credit to a future event valid for one year.

Can the registration be transferred to a colleague?

  • Yes – please email us in writing at info@brinetwork.com with the colleague’s name and title

Where can I find information on the venue/accommodations?

  • Along with your registration receipt you will receive information on how to make your hotel reservations. You can also visit individual event page for specific hotel information. The conference fee does not include the cost of accommodations.

What is the suggested dress code?

  • Business casual. Meeting rooms can sometimes be cold so we recommend a sweater or light jacket
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