2024 Occupational Health Management Summit

September 23-24, 2024 * Eden Roc * Miami Beach, FL

2024 Occupational Health Management Summit

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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 preventing injuries; addressing mental health in the workplace; how diversity, equity and inclusion impact workplace safety; building a culture of safety, value-based care; preventing substance use; ways to improve engagement and wellbeing, driving health equity 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 - Monday, September 23, 2024
7:15am – 8:00am

Conference Registration & Networking Breakfast

 

8:00am – 8:15am

Chairperson’s Opening Remarks

 

8:15am – 9:00am

Expanding the Focus of Occupational Safety and Health

Work is changing. Technology, globalization, shifts in demographics, and other economic and political forces create new challenges for workers, employers and those who work to protect them. The field of occupational safety and health (OSH) must also change to meet the needs of the future. Factors influencing worker health and well-being go beyond traditional OSH concerns (exposures to chemical, physical, or biological agents). They include changing demographic profiles (e.g., more women, immigrant, and older workers and more chronic disease and mental health conditions), varying employment arrangements, increasing work demands, increasing psychosocial hazards, and changing work environments (built and natural). This session will explore how expanding the focus of occupational safety and health can produce a healthier workforce.

 

9:00am – 9:45am

Ways Employers Can Address Mental Health in the Workplace

Mental health is top of mind everywhere these days as about 20 percent of adult Americans report symptoms of mental illness according to the Centers for Disease Control. It’s no secret that work-related factors are impacting employee’s mental health. In fact, The World Health Organization classified employee burnout as a medical condition. The two most important steps employers can take to help address this is 1) talk about mental health and 2) offer resources. Employees are better able to navigate mental health issues when their employers have a plan in place. This session will explore recommended strategies for employers to adopt, including:

– Offering additional training for management

– Making sure people take time off

– Promoting workplace wellness

– Creating a comprehensive mental health benefit within your benefits package

– Offering and promoting supportive resources

 

9:45am – 10:15am

Networking & Refreshments Break

 

10:15am – 11:00am

Improving Workforce Health with an On-Site Health Center

It is no secret that healthcare in America faces difficult challenges, particularly in rural areas. This session will discuss how an onsite health and wellness center does not just improve employee engagement, as data suggests, a health center also makes financial sense by encouraging preventive health and diverting employees away from costly urgent care centers and emergency rooms. A properly structured onsite medical facility can provide employees with convenient, high-quality, low-cost, and easily accessible healthcare services, which can help improve the physical and mental health of employees, manage costs and outcome efficiency, and increase productivity. The biggest benefit for an onsite health center is peace of mind for your employees. It shows the employer is listening to its employees and is willing to make their wellness part of its culture. This session will explore how to improve workforce health with an on-site health center.

 

11:00am – 11:45am

How Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Impact Workplace Safety

Changing workplace demographics create challenges and opportunities for occupational safety and health. Some workers may be disproportionally affected in a diverse workplace based on their race, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, age and other factorsIn this session, learn how diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI) initiatives mean more than simply improving demographic data—they can help workers receive equal treatment, training, advancement and representation that can, in turn, help create a safer workplace.

 

11:45am – 12:30pm

“I’m Exhausted!” What’s Next? Harnessing Human Connection Skills to Mitigate

Leader and Employee Burnout and Accelerate Workforce Wellbeing.

The current stressful work environments have strained human connection and

communication skills between leaders and the workforce. There is a shortage of

healthcare workers in all fields as well as employees across many industries. Exhaustion

and burnout have major consequences on workforce productivity, performance,

engagement, and wellbeing. An integrative model of wellness-centered leadership has

been proposed in the literature. Three key elements of this model are 1) Care about

people always. 2) Cultivate individual and team relationships. 3) Inspire change. This

presentation will focus on the human connection skills and strategies to cultivate

individual and team relationships. Skills that will be explored include: narrative

storytelling, active listening and asking thoughtful questions. These core human

connection skills are essential to mitigate burnout and accelerate workforce wellbeing.

Incorporating these skills into your daily personal interactions will help you build a

culture that accelerates workforce wellbeing through community and human

connection.

In this session participants will learn:

1) The signs and symptoms of psychological stress that compromise workforce

wellbeing.

2) The roadblocks to human connection and how to overcome the barriers.

3) The strategies and skills to build a culture of trust and workforce wellbeing through

development of deeper human connections.

 

12:30pm – 1:30pm

Luncheon

 

1:30pm – 2:15pm

Ways to Improve Employee Engagement and Wellbeing

Employee engagement is a crucial element in every organization; it drives productivity, profitability, and business success. Although crucial, it can be one of the most difficult workplace elements to understand and improve. There is a striking relationship between engagement and wellbeing, with major consequences for employee productivity and performance: Engagement and wellbeing are highly reciprocal, with each influencing the future state of the other to a similar degree. But they are also additive—high wellbeing enhances the benefits of engagement, lifting employee performance to levels not reached through engagement alone. Given the clear returns on investment for building workers who are both engaged and have high holistic wellbeing, leaders can make a substantial difference in their employees’ performance and lives by including wellbeing principles in engagement programs and making the most of their reciprocal, additive effects. This session will explore actions leaders can take to increase employee engagement and wellbeing and improve business outcomes—all at the same time.

 

2:15pm – 3:15pm

Panel: Building a Culture of Safety and Health in the Workplace

Healthy employees, in every respect, make for a more productive workplace with a happier workforce. They require fewer sick days, recover more quickly from ailments, and they are less at risk for long-term illnesses. But a healthy workforce doesn’t just appear; it’s cultivated by companies that value a healthy culture, and that collaborate with their health plans to create programs that play an active role in an employee’s health and well-being. More businesses are making it a priority to encourage and support their employees in adopting healthy behaviors. This means businesses are providing preventive support, convenient treatment options, and the tools employees need to take control of all aspects of their health. Wellness is more than managing acute or chronic medical conditions—it extends to all elements of an employee’s life and your business. For example, it can and should go hand-in-hand with safety training programs, tie ergonomics training with exercise programs, and connect to worker compensation loss prevention training. This session will explore ways companies are fostering a culture of safety, health and wellness on the job.

 

3:15pm – 3:45pm

Networking & Refreshments Break

 

3:45pm – 4:30pm

Preparing for the Future of Occupational Health and Safety

The hazards faced by workers in the U.S. are changing. While traditional occupational hazards such as chemical exposures and physical safety hazards continue to be responsible for a large number of workplace injuries and illness, changes in the organization of work and the workplace itself present new challenges to providing a safe and healthy work environment. Two examples of changes that impact the health of workers are the increase in precarious work arrangements, and changes in our climate that result in more frequent extreme climate events. This session will explore how employers can apply occupational health and safety training to identify workers likely to be at risk, consider how to quantify these exposures, explore options to control these exposures, and consider approaches to manage these risks through occupational health and safety programs and policies.

 

4:30pm – 5:15pm

Occupational Health Management in the Workplace

The effective management of health risks, as well as safety risks, is an essential part of good health and safety management systems. When risk management is integrated into the core business functions, real change and improvement can be seen – not only by preventing physical and mental harm to employees, but also by improving business performance. The session will provide guidance on identifying, controlling and measuring health risks in the workplace. It will also explore aspects to consider when providing occupational health services. The effectiveness of any health management relies on the competence and capability of those providing it. In the case of occupational health services, there are many crucial elements to be aware of—whether you’re providing them in-house or contracting them.

 

5:15pm

End of Day One

Day Two – Tuesday, September 24, 2024
7:15am – 8:00am

Networking Breakfast

 

8:00am – 8:15am

Chairperson’s Remarks

 

8:15am – 9:00am

How to Use an Onsite Physician for Work Performance Issues Possibly Related to Health

 A physician’s (not lawyer’s) perspective on the interactive and fitness for duty process. Strategies to leverage the use of onsite clinical staff to best navigate this complex area of employment and health to maximize effectiveness.

 

9:00am – 9:45am

Best Practices for Transitional Duty Programs and Early Return to Work

This presentation will provide insight into best practices for formulating and maintain an effective transitional duty program that will optimize return to full duty for workers with work related injuries. The presentation will identify evidence-based research to support early return to work. A back to work program for employees who fail essential function testing in rehab for personal or work-related injuries will be discussed.

 

9:45am – 10:15am

Networking & Refreshments Break

 

10:15am – 11:00am

Workers Compensation and Occupational Safety and Health Challenges

Workers, employers and other stakeholders involved in workers compensation administration have long voiced concerns about the extent to which workers compensation promotes occupational safety and health and the well-being of injured workers. Safety culture is an organization’s norms, beliefs, roles, attitudes and practices concerned with minimizing exposure of employees to workplace hazards. The goal of a safety culture is to develop a norm in which employees are aware of the risks in their workplace and are continually on the lookout for hazards. A safety culture motivates and recognizes safe behavior by focusing on the attitudes and behaviors of the employees. It is a process—not a program; it takes time to develop and requires a collective effort to implement its many features. This session will explore important components of a safety program, challenges and how to overcome them.

11:00am – 11:45am

Developing a Smarter Surveillance System for Occupational Safety and Health

The workplace is where 156 million working adults in the U.S. spend many waking hours, and it has a profound influence on health and well-being. Although some occupations and work-related activities are more hazardous than others and face higher rates of injuries, illness, disease, and fatalities, workers in all occupations face some form of work-related safety and health concerns. Understanding those risks to prevent injury, illness, or even fatal incidents is an important function of society. This session will explore the strengths and weaknesses relative to the status quo and both short- and long-term actions and strategies needed to bring about a progressive evolution of surveillance.

 

11:45am – 12:30pm

Integration of eHealth Tools in the Process of Workplace Health Promotion

Electronic health (eHealth) and mobile health tools can support and improve the whole process of workplace health promotion (WHP). However, several challenges and opportunities should be considered while integrating these tools. Currently, a large number of eHealth tools are developed for changing health behavior, but these tools can support the whole WHP process, including group administration, information flow, assessment, intervention development process, or evaluation. This session will explore steps and critical and success factors for the implementation of eHealth tools in WHP.

 

12:30pm

Conference Concludes

Workshop - Tuesday, September 24, 2024
12:45pm – 2:45pm

Digital Innovations in Occupational Health

Venue

Eden Roc Miami Beach
4525 Collins Avenue
Miami Beach, FL 33140
305-704-7608

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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

Are there discounts for Non-Profit/Government Organizations?

  • Yes – please call us at 800-743-8490 for special pricing

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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