Ex4OSH 2021 Conference

Thursday, December 9, 2021 - Saturday, December 11, 2021

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The Expanded Focus for OSH

The world of work is undergoing major changes in the nature of work and employment arrangements, in workforce demographics, and in the types of workplaces. Together with individual health, lifestyle, economic and social factors, these changes can affect both worker well-being and business productivity. Worker well-being is being operationalized by NIOSH through its Total Worker Health® (TWH) initiative. However, focusing on worker well-being as an outcome requires a paradigm shift beyond the prevention of workplace injury and illness or health promotion, involving collaborative organizational leadership, proactive company policies, accountability, training, better engagement of management and employees, following benchmarks over time and identifying opportunities for early corrective or enhancing interventions.

Embracing this paradigm shift requires a more expansive, systems-thinking approach to better integrate traditional OSH, personal and socioeconomic risk factors, both horizontally (broadening the range of factors to examine their impact on health) and vertically (from a short-term perspective to a work life continuum perspective).

This paradigm shift will also change how we conduct OSH research, train the future OSH workforce, and design forward-thinking policies to maximize worker health and well-being. Our conference will bring together an international, interprofessional audience of employers, workers, health and safety professionals, researchers, policymakers, and academic community to address the need for an expanded focus for OSH. Read more on the Expanded Focus for OSH, and two preparatory workshops (1,2) held in 2020 that informed the agenda of this conference. Most recently, a detailed look at the changing world of work was published in November 2022: "Expanding the Focus of Occupational Safety and Health: Lessons from a Series of Linked Scientific Meetings".

About the Conference


Together, the Southwest Center for Occupational and Environmental Health (SWCOEH) Education and Research Center at UTHealth School of Public Health, the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) and the Conference Planning and Scientific Committee bring you Ex4OSH 2021!

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John Howard, MD, MPH, JD, LLM, MBA
Director, National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health,
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
Martin J. Walsh, BA
Secretary of Labor, U.S. Department of Labor
Manal Azzi, PhD
Senior Occupational Safety and Health Specialist
International Labour Organization
Geneva, Switzerland

Laura Punnett, ScD
Distinguished University Professor and Co-Director, Center for the Promotion of Health in the New England Workplace
University of Massachusetts Lowell

Jorma Rantanen, PhD
Finnish Institute for Occupational Health

Victor J. Strecher, PhD, MPH
Professor, University of Michigan School of Public Health
Founder and CEO, Kumanu, Inc.

David Weil, PhD, MPH
Dean and Professor, Heller School for Social Policy and Management,
Brandeis University

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Continuing Education

  • Continuing Medical Education (CME)

    The AAFP has reviewed Ex4OSH 2021 Conference and deemed it acceptable for up to 17.00 Live AAFP Prescribed credits. Term of Approval is from 12/09/2021 to 12/11/2021. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

    AAFP Prescribed credit is accepted by the American Medical Association as equivalent to AMA PRA Category 1 credit(s)™ toward the AMA Physician's Recognition Award. When applying for the AMA PRA, Prescribed credit earned must be reported as Prescribed, not as Category 1.

  • Continuing Nursing Education (CNE)

    Cizik School of Nursing at UTHealth is accredited as a provider of nursing continuing professional development by the American Nurses Credentialing Center's Commission on Accreditation. This 3-day activity provides a maximum of 17.0 contact hours of continuing nursing professional development.

  • Certified Health Education Specialists (CEUs)

    Sponsored by the Southwest Center for Occupational and Environmental Health, a designated provider of continuing education contact hours (CECH) in health education by the National Commission for Health Education Credentialing, Inc. This program is designated for Certified Health Education Specialists (CHES) and/or Master Certified Health.  The “Expanded Focus for Occupational Safety and Health (OSH) Conference has been reviewed and approved for a total of 17 entry-level CECH.  No CECH have been approved for advanced-level. No CECH were approved for Continuing Competency.  NCHEC Provider Number 1146459; Program ID: 37050.

  • Certified Public Health professionals (CEUs)

    This CPH activity "Ex4OSH 2021 Conference " has been approved.  Up to 17 CPH Recertification Credits may be earned at this event. Visit http://activityfinder.nbphe.org to review the activity, and contact [email protected] with any questions.

  • General CEUs

    The Continuing Education Program of the Southwest Center for Occupational and Environmental Health NIOSH-funded ERC at UTHealth School of Public Health is a provider of continuing professional development. This 3-day activity provides a maximum of 17.0 contact hours of continuing professional development.

Contact Us

Contact the Ex4OSH 2021 conference team at [email protected]

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