Ex4OSH 2021 Conference

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

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Learn More About 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.

About the Conference


Ex4OSH 2021 conference will bring together an international and interdisciplinary audience of employers, workers, health and safety professionals, researchers, policymakers, and the academic community to address the need for an expanded focus for occupational safety and health (OSH).

This expanded focus has been made more acute by the accelerated pace of change brought about by the global pandemic.

The conference will address three critical areas for the future of OSH: research, training, and policy. The challenges facing OSH will be explored. Recommendations to address these challenges will be developed.

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

View Opening and General Session Speakers

Continuing Education

Earn CEUs to apply toward your professional recertification!

This event is pending determination of credit for a maximum of 17.0 continuing education credits by the following providers: 

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.

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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) Conferencehas 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 info@nbphe.org 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. SWCOEH logo

Evaluations must be completed no later than Wednesday, December 15, 2021 11:59 PM CST.

Each educational session will include a linked evaluation for completion within the conference platform.

Presenting authors, speakers and moderators may also claim your own session for credit, and must be present in attendance and complete the session evaluation.

Continuing Education credit applies to the following educational session types:

  • Keynote sessions;
  • Plenary Sessions;
  • Concurrent Sessions (credit will not overlap with other sessions scheduled at the same time/ hour);
  • Poster sessions: each posters presenter has prepared five-minute presentations for the audience, and the presentations and PDF of posters will be available for on-demand digital access throughout the dates of the conference. Presenters will be available for Q&A during the scheduled times on the agenda. 
    • To earn CEUs for poster review, please listen to the on-demand presentation associated with the poster, and complete evaluations for each poster. PDF of posters are also accessible for review.

How are my CE credits calculated?
The number of credits you earn is determined by the duration of the educational sessions you attend, and by completing evaluations for each attended/completed session. You may not claim credit for two sessions that overlap in time according to the agenda. Please allow up to 2 weeks after the last day of the conference for distribution of certificates of attendance.   


For More Information

Contact the Ex4OSH 2021 conference team at Ex4OSH@uth.tmc.edu

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