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Monday, September 8
 

8:00am

Occupational Health and Safety Priniciples & Nursing Certification Review Course (Sept 8 - Sept 10)

Monday, September 8, 8:00 am-5:30 pm; Tuesday, September 9, 8:00 am-5:30 pm; Wednesday, September 10, 7:30 am-2:00 pm

This intensive three-day course presents state-of-the-art information in the field of occupational and environmental health and safety; Comprehensive workbook/resource manuals and classroom materials; Test-taking techniques and strategies for examination preparation; Written tests prior, during and at conclusion of seminar; Participative lectures. Registration fee includes one set of Occupational Health & Safety Principles and Nursing Certification Review Manuals  and FREE admission to attend Workshop W011 (3:20 pm-5:20 pm) on September 10.

LUNCH NOT INCLUDED.


Speakers
avatar for Annette B. Haag, MA, RN, COHN-S/CM, FAAOHN

Annette B. Haag, MA, RN, COHN-S/CM, FAAOHN

President, Annette B. Haag and Associates, Past President of the American Association of Occupational Health Nurses, Trustee for the American Society of Safety Engineers Foundation. With over 40 years of experience, she is nationally and internationally recognized in the field of health and safety.


Monday September 8, 2014 8:00am - Wednesday September 10, 2014 2:00pm
Southdown Room 4/F
 
Tuesday, September 9
 

4:00pm

 
Wednesday, September 10
 

7:00am

8:00am

8:00 am - 10:00 am W002 Strategies To Develop A Healthier Workforce, Evaluating And Implementing A Strategic Wellness Initiative For the 24/7 Worker (Intermediate)

Topic Overview:

The Occupational Health Department at the Siberian Coal Energy Company (SUEK) is now treating behavioral as well as somatic problems of its employees. The reorganized medical program, which began in 2010, has two main goals:

  • To reduce sickness absenteeism from 4% to 1.5% of working time.
  • To prioritize preventive care, encompassing both fitness to work and 24/7 emergency preparedness.

 

This presentation will detail intermediate (2014) results of this successful reorganization, including: a reduction in sickness absenteeism; an increase in training for medical personnel regarding mental health and non-communicable disease prevention; an increase in flu and pneumococcal vaccination rates; and the integration of emergency preparedness with emergency public service disaster prevention.

 

Objectives:

  1. Identify strategies to reduce sickness absenteeism and related temporary disability.
  2. Name a strategy to address prevention of non communicable disease in a work site medical program.
  3. Illustrate the key role of employee illness reporting as a main dashboard indicator.    
  4. Discuss the integration of emergency preparedness with emergency public service disaster prevention

Speakers
avatar for Airat N. Khabibov, MD, MPH

Airat N. Khabibov, MD, MPH

Airat N. Khabibov is Occupational Health Manager - Deputy Director of Production Operations, SUEK Coal Mining Company. He manages corporate occupational health and medical services for employees, including preventive care. Dr. Khabibov received his medical degree in 1990 and has professional experience in medical emergency and medevac. After residency in social hygiene and epidemiology in 1996, he worked in management positions in the public... Read More →
avatar for Dale A. Masi, PhD, LCSW-C, CEAP

Dale A. Masi, PhD, LCSW-C, CEAP

Dale A. Masi is Professor Emeritus, University of Maryland, where she chaired the Employee Assistance Specialization. Dr. Masi is a Resident Scholar at Catholic University, where she directs the Employee Assistance Program (EAP) International Online Certificate Program. She is President and CEO of Masi Research Consultants, Inc., a Boston company specializing in EAP design, implementation, training and evaluation. She is the author of 15 books... Read More →


Wednesday September 10, 2014 8:00am - 10:00am
Napoleon Ballroom B2 3/F

8:00am

8:00 am - 10:00 am W003 An Overview of OSHA’s Respiratory Protection Standard and the Role of the Occupational Health Nurse in a Healthcare Facility: The Essential Components

Topic Overview:

For many occupational health professionals in healthcare, adequate respiratory protection for the staff who care for patients with airborne diseases may be an essential job function. In addition, there may be a need to provide respiratory protection for staff outside the clinical areas, such as engineering staff. This presentation will review the essential elements of a respiratory protection program based on OSHA’s respiratory protection standard (1910.134 CFR.) This training program was developed by a multi-association nursing advisory  group, supported by NIOSH, as a result of the recommendations of the 2011 Institute of Medicine's (IOM) Occupational Health Nurses and Respiratory Protection: Improving Education and Training: Letter Report.

 

Objectives:

  1. Discuss the development of the respiratory protection standard training modules.
  2. Identify the essential elements of a respiratory protection program.
  3. Identify internal and external resources for the evaluation of existing workplace respiratory programs.

Speakers
avatar for Debra Novak, PhD, RN

Debra Novak, PhD, RN

Senior Service Fellow, NPPTL/NIOSH/CDC
Dr. Debra Novak is a Senior Service Fellow with NPPTL/NIOSH. Dr. Novak holds a PhD in Nursing from The University of Alabama-Birmingham and has over 30 years of experience in the field working in a variety of clinical, research and faculty positions. In her current position, she is responsible for translating PPE research findings to clinical workplaces and thereby promoting safer healthcare worker practices. Dr. Novak sits as an invited member... Read More →
avatar for Lisa Pompeii, PhD, COHN-S, FAAOHN

Lisa Pompeii, PhD, COHN-S, FAAOHN

The University of Texas
Lisa A. Pompeii is an Occupational Health Nurse and Epidemiologist at the University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston. Dr. Pompeii’s research focus is on occupational illness and injury among healthcare workers. She is the principal investigator of a NIOSH and AAOHN sponsored educational initiative aimed at training occupational health professionals and healthcare workers about respiratory protection in the workplace. Her... Read More →


Wednesday September 10, 2014 8:00am - 10:00am
Napoleon Ballroom B3 3/F

8:00am

8:00 am - 12:10 pm W006 Healthcare Personnel Post Exposure Management Hotline: Thirteen Years in Review (Intermediate)

Topic Overview:

Project: Risk of bloodborne pathogen (BBP) transmission following occupational exposures depends on the healthcare personnel’s (HCP) immune status, source patient factors, and the type of injury and quantity of blood transferred to the HCP. Prevention of transmission requires prompt reporting, expert post-exposure assessment, and rapid dispensing of post-exposure prophylaxis medications (PEP.) A body substance exposure (BSE) hotline was implemented by BJC HealthCare, St. Louis, MO, in 1997, staffed by trained nurse specialists with infectious disease physician oversight and standing HIV PEP orders. The hotline is answered 24/7, and procedures are in place at all entities for source patient lab testing, HIV PEP and employee testing. A total of 4,682 hotline calls were managed from 2000 to 2013, and HCP self-reported BSE are collected in an electronic data repository.  The BSE hotline provides a regional service to support exposed employees with after-hours expertise, avoiding employee visits to the ER.  Standardized training, assessment tools, standing orders, protocols, and expert physician guidance provide consistent exposure management for exposed HCP by nurse specialists. The hotline services over 28,000 employees, and calls are responded to within 10 minutes. Specialists provide HIV PEP within two hours of warranted exposures for BBP transmission prevention.

 

Objectives:

  1. Describe a body substance exposure (BSE) hotline.
  2. Identify resources needed to provide a successful BSE hotline.
  1. Evaluate the effectiveness of a BSE exposure management program.

Speakers
avatar for Nancy W. Gemeinhart, RN, MHA, CIC

Nancy W. Gemeinhart, RN, MHA, CIC

Nancy W. Gemeinhart is the Program Director, Occupational Health Services, for BJC HealthCare in St. Louis, MO.  Educated in the fields of nursing and healthcare, she earned a Diploma of Nursing at the Western Pennsylvania Hospital School of Nursing, Pittsburgh, PA, a Bachelor of Science in Nursing at Maryville University, St. Louis, MO, and a Master's of Science in Health Care Management at Lindenwood University, St. Charles, MO. Gemeinhart... Read More →
avatar for Ashleigh J. Goris RN, BSN, MPH, CIC

Ashleigh J. Goris RN, BSN, MPH, CIC

Ashleigh J. Goris’s educational experience includes a Bachelor's  in Biology and a Master's in Public Health from Saint Louis University, and a Bachelor's in Nursing from Chamberlain College of Nursing. Professional experience includes a Registered Nurse with four years in medical-surgical nursing, seven years in hospital epidemiology and infection prevention, and board certification in infection control. She currently serves as an... Read More →


Wednesday September 10, 2014 8:00am - 12:10pm
Napoleon Ballroom A1 3/F

8:00am

8:00 am - 12:10 pm W008 Six Steps to Effective Employee Accident Investigation (Advanced)

Topic Overview:

Healthcare facilities are potentially dangerous work environments and, while proper training, engineering controls and administrative precautions can help to effectively manage risk, employee accidents can and do happen. Accidents are inevitable in today’s healthcare workplace. Even with the best loss control program, employees still can be hurried or distracted. Employee accidents, while unfortunate, present an opportunity to improve the performance of a healthcare facility’s safety program. Properly conducted accident investigations provide solutions to many workplace hazards. The purpose of this session is to instruct participants in a simple methodology for determining the root cause of workplace accidents.  Participants will be able to utilize a six-step process for an effective employee accident investigation program that will help to identify root causes, prescribe appropriate corrective measures and implement performance metrics to ensure a safer workplace. By learning the basic elements of an accident investigation, attendees will understand investigation strategy, witness questioning, evidence gathering, critical decision points, and effective, legal documentation.

 

Objectives:

  1. Identify components for an effective employee accident investigation program. 
  2. Define the components of an effective facility safety program.
  1. Illustrate use of root cause analysis to conduct thorough investigation of employee accidents.

Wednesday September 10, 2014 8:00am - 12:10pm
Napoleon Ballroom A3 3/F

8:00am

8:00 am - 12:10 pm W009 A Practical Guide for Developing, Maintaining and Enhancing Your Safe Patient Handling Program (Intermediate)

Topic Overview:

This workshop will offer recommendations and advice from individuals who have experience with implementing and sustaining a safe patient handling program (SPH,) from start-ups to seasoned programs at single locations as well as multi-facility systems. The presentation will be targeted to those who have a management role for SPH in an acute care environment who want to start a SPH program from the beginning or to build upon a program that is well established but needs updating. Practical examples and tools will be presented that will be useful in a clinical setting. The workshop will be a combination of lecture, group interaction and exercises, including a review of case studies and assessment tools. Attendees will be encouraged to bring their tough SPH problems to the workshop for discussion.

 

Objectives:

  1. Identify strategies for planning, implementing and sustaining a Safe Patient Handling (SPH) program.
  2. Name key elements to include in SPH policy and procedure.
  3. Illustrate reliable and valid risk assessments and control selections.
  1. Identify practical next steps to existing SPH challenges.

Speakers
avatar for Catherine Gouvin, OTR/L, CHT, CSPHP

Catherine Gouvin, OTR/L, CHT, CSPHP

Catherine Gouvin is a Registered Occupational Therapist, Certified Hand Therapist, Certified Specialist in Health Ergonomics and a Certified Safe Patient Handling Professional. Until September 2013, she was responsible for the Ergonomics Program and Safe Patient Handling Program at Lawrence + Memorial Hospital in New London, CT. She has practiced occupational therapy in a variety of areas, including out-patient orthopedics, psychiatry and... Read More →
avatar for Kent Wilson, CIE, CSPHP

Kent Wilson, CIE, CSPHP

Safety Programs Director, HoverTech International
Kent Wilson has performed ergonomic and safety evaluations for dozens of healthcare facilities around the country. He is a Certified Ergonomist who takes an active role in the development of regulatory standards. Wilson is a full member of the Human Factors and Ergonomics Society, The National Safety Council and The American Industrial Hygiene Association, as well as an active participant on their Ergonomic and Healthcare committees. He is Past... Read More →


Wednesday September 10, 2014 8:00am - 12:10pm
Napoleon Ballroom B1 3/F

8:00am

8:00 am - 5:30 pm W001 Getting Started in Occupational/Employee Health (Basic)

Topic Overview: This comprehensive, informative presentation is designed for the occupational health professional new to the field. The eight-hour didactic course was developed from the Getting Started manual, which is updated every two years by the AOHP organization. Course content includes valuable resources, encourages interactive discussion and is presented by a team of knowledgeable experts. All participants will receive the 2014 edition of the Getting Started resource manual in CD format.

 

Objectives:

  1. Describe how the occupational health professional interacts in the healthcare facility’s organizational structure.
  2. Discuss areas of medical/legal confidentiality in occupational health.
  3. Identify federal, state and local regulatory requirements as related to job placement, physical hazards, and biological and chemical exposures.
  4. Review current infection prevention and control practices related to infectious diseases.
  5. Formulate strategies to utilize health teaching in infection prevention and control, and safety.
  6. Assess the effectiveness of case management in loss control.
  7. Explain how to communicate the value of the occupational health professional’s service and continuous performance improvement. 

Speakers
avatar for Carolyn Amrich, RN, COHN

Carolyn Amrich, RN, COHN

Carolyn Amrich has served as the Manager of Occupational Health & Wellness at Children's Medical Center in Dallas, TX since 1991. Her department has expanded from Employee Health Services to Occupational Health and Wellness throughout the past 20+ years. She began as the sole employee and now supervises five nurses, one medical assistant, a human resources associate and the workers' compensation administrator. She chairs the Blood Exposure... Read More →
avatar for Denise Knoblauch, BSN, RN, COHN-S/CM

Denise Knoblauch, BSN, RN, COHN-S/CM

Denise Knoblauch is a case manager in occupational health with more than 23 years of experience as an occupational health professional in healthcare. She began her career as a lone employee health nurse in a small rural hospital and transitioned to an urban medical center which provides occupational health services to medical center employees and 500 companies. She has experience as a staff nurse, infection control nurse, clinic coordinator and... Read More →
avatar for Christine Pionk, MS, RN, COHN-S

Christine Pionk, MS, RN, COHN-S

Nurse Practitioner, University of Michican Health Systems
Christine Pionk has worked in a hospital occupational health setting as a Nurse Practitioner for 23 years. Her responsibilities include evaluation and treatment of work-related injuries/illnesses and evaluation of selected primary care injuries/illnesses. She has been a member of several committees, including the Infection Control Committee and Sharps Task Force. She also precepts graduate nursing students in the Primary Care... Read More →


Wednesday September 10, 2014 8:00am - 5:30pm
Bayside A 4/F

10:10am

10:10 am - 12:10 am W004 Effective Worksite Health, Safety and Wellness, Study-Treatment-Research: You Can Have It All! (Intermediate)

Topic Overview:

This presentation will provide participants with an overview of how one organization efficiently modified and implemented Harvard's 2004 "Steps to a Healthier U.S. Workforce" initiative to serve the health needs of 30,000 coal miners and their families in Russia. Through regular medical examinations, the Siberian Coal Energy Company (SUEK Kuzbass) assesses the aptitude of all employees, including their health status and rate of absenteeism. By implementing programs focusing on disease prevention and health risk elimination through "Steps to a Healthier U.S. Workforce," employees' health status increased, issues related to non-communicable diseases were addressed, and absenteeism decreased.

 

Objectives:

  1. Describe modification of “Steps to a Healthier US workforce” for implementation in a specific occupation population.
  2. Describe how varying healthy workforce strategies can be combined.
  3. Illustrate creation of healthy work force.
  4.  Examine return on investment of a  seasonal flu/pneumococcal vaccination program.  

Speakers
avatar for Airat N. Khabibov, MD, MPH

Airat N. Khabibov, MD, MPH

Airat N. Khabibov is Occupational Health Manager - Deputy Director of Production Operations, SUEK Coal Mining Company. He manages corporate occupational health and medical services for employees, including preventive care. Dr. Khabibov received his medical degree in 1990 and has professional experience in medical emergency and medevac. After residency in social hygiene and epidemiology in 1996, he worked in management positions in the public... Read More →


Wednesday September 10, 2014 10:10am - 12:10pm
Napoleon Ballroom B2 3/F

10:10am

10:10 am - 12:10 pm W005 The Art and Science of Writing Work Restrictions (Intermediate)

Topic Overview:

Every specialty has its procedure that makes it unique. In occupational medicine, our special skill is in disability determination, and the product is an accurate, concise and clear work status report in the form of work restrictions. Yet, there is virtually no science behind the determination of what restrictions are appropriate for a certain worker. Each case stands on its own merits, but there are general principles that can be applied, which are then refined through experience. This presentation will explore some of those generally accepted principles and apply them to case studies in a participatory format.  Participants will engage in role-playing and other hands-on activities.

 

Objectives:

  1. Examine the existing literature supporting medical restrictions in the workplace.
  2. Apply principles of proper work restrictions to select cases.
  3. Demonstrate diversity in communicating the same work status.

Speakers
avatar for William G Buchta, MD, MPH, FACOEM

William G Buchta, MD, MPH, FACOEM

Chief, Occupational Medicine Practic, Mayo Clinic
William G. Buchta has had his primary occupational medicine practice in medical center occupational health since 1992 and was Medical Director of the Occupational Health Service at Mayo Clinic Rochester for 11 years. He served as Chair of the ACOEM section of Medical Center Occupational Health for four years and is the current Chair of the ICOH scientific committee on Occupational Health for Healthcare Workers. Dr. Buchta also practices aerospace... Read More →


Wednesday September 10, 2014 10:10am - 12:10pm
Napoleon Ballroom B3 3/F

1:10pm

1:10 pm - 3:10 pm W010 Chemical Hazards In Healthcare: Medical Surveillance And Intervention Strategies For A High Hazard Employment Sector (Advanced)

Topic Overview:

It is counter-intuitive that the healthcare industry, whose mission is the care of the sick, is itself a "high-hazard" industry for the workers it employs. This employment sector consistently demonstrates poor injury and illness statistics, among the highest in the United States, while it employs more than 12% of the nation’s workforce. This suggests a large population at potential risk of health harm. While possessing every hazard class, with infectious agents the most typically considered, diverse and novel chemical hazards are also present, including sterilants and pharmaceuticals, such as highly toxic anti-cancer drugs. Using the classical industrial hygiene hierarchy of control technologies, novel and unique-to-the-sector hazards can be managed to mitigate risk. This presentation will describe the expanded role of administrative controls and policies, including medical surveillance and protective reassignment, in addressing hazardous drugs and other reproductive health threats. The approach to designing surveillance program content and implementation considerations will be described, and current regulation and best practice recommendations of government agencies and professional organizations will be reviewed.

 

Objectives:

  1. Identify the elements of the hierarchy of control technologies.            
  2. Describe examples of administrative controls useful in managing chemical hazards.
  3. Identify the purpose and aims of OSHA medical surveillance.
  1. Explain the policy of protective reassignment with application in healthcare.

Speakers
avatar for Melissa A. McDiarmid, MD, MPH, DABT

Melissa A. McDiarmid, MD, MPH, DABT

Melissa A. McDiarmid received her Bachelor of Arts from the University of Maryland Baltimore County, in Biological Sciences, her MD from the University of Maryland at Baltimore, and her MPH from The Johns Hopkins School of Public Health, where she also completed fellowship training in Occupational Medicine. She is board certified in Internal Medicine, Occupational Medicine and Toxicology. Dr. McDiarmid was Director of the Office of Occupational... Read More →


Wednesday September 10, 2014 1:10pm - 3:10pm
Napoleon Ballroom B3 3/F

1:10pm

1:10 pm - 5:20 pm W016 The OSHA Inspection: Are You In Compliance – or In Denial? (Advanced)

Topic Overview:

The record-breaking OSHA fines currently in the news are eye-popping. The Occupational Safety and Health Act has been in effect for over 40 years, and no employer is given the benefit of the doubt if an interpretation of the OSHA requirements is questioned. With OSHA’s spotlight focusing on aggressive enforcement, occupational health professionals need to know and understand their rights and obligations before OSHA shows up at the door. Be prepared to face them with aggressive compliance.

 

If you work for one of the many healthcare facilities that grew somewhat lax about employee safety during the Bush Administration, now is the time to buckle down and evaluate your current regulatory compliance policies and practices. Would you be prepared if you opened the door today to find an OSHA Compliance Safety Health Officer (CSHO) ready to inspect your facility? Do you know your legal rights?  Your failure to plan may constitute an emergency that will put unnecessary stress - human and financial - on your organization. In this seminar, we will review the top 25 violations written in hospitals and offer helpful tips on ways to minimize your exposure to costly OSHA penalties and negative public relations. 

 

Objectives:

  1. Identify steps to prepare for an OSHA inspection 
  2. Describe the types of OSHA violations and ,  penalty structures
  3. Identify affirmative defense strategies to reduce issuance of citations and minimize the financial impact of violations.
  1. Review OSHA’s new penalty structure and method for calculating fines.

Speakers
avatar for Stephen A. Burt, MFA, BS

Stephen A. Burt, MFA, BS

President, Healthcare Compliance Resources
Stephen A. Burt is President and CEO of Healthcare Compliance Resources, an affiliate of Woods Rogers Consulting, a company developing and delivering strategic solutions to today's healthcare regulatory compliance problems. From 1981 to 1994, as Corporate Director of Environmental Health for Carilion Healthcare System (Roanoke, VA), he was responsible for OSHA, EPA and Joint Commission compliance and was awarded the prestigious American... Read More →


Wednesday September 10, 2014 1:10pm - 5:20pm
Napoleon Ballroom A3 3/F

1:10pm

1:10 pm - 5:20 pm W012 Want to Step Up to IGRA Testing? The Why & How of IGRA Testing in Your Facility (intermediate)

Topic Overview:  

The goal of this presentation is to educate occupational health professionals on the various tuberculosis (TB) tests available, and the operational and financial considerations for switching from one TB testing method to another. Specifically, the program will include an educational review of the Tuberculin Skin Test (TST) and Interferon-Gamma Release Assays (IGRAs,) including what they are, how they work and how they are used to screen for latent tuberculosis infection.

 

The presenters will discuss TB prevalence in the United States now and in the past, and they will introduce current diagnostic and treatment options for latent TB infection, focusing on the newer, blood-based IGRAs, some procedural considerations for screening programs and the importance of perspective and quantitative result interpretation. Current CDC screening recommendations and guidelines will be reviewed. Examples of screening programs in hospital, public health and Veterans Health Administration settings will be discussed, particularly in comparison with the previous standard of TST use. A toolkit with samples of policies and procedures will be shared.

 

The program will conclude with information about how participants can complete a financial assessment of the total cost of switching from one TB testing method to another at their institutions, with suggestions on how to present that information to other administrators and medical staff involved in the decision-making process.

 

Objectives:

  1. Describe the scientific and technical differences for the three tuberculosis screening tests available.
  2. Identify advantages and disadvantages of different tuberculosis testing methods in various clinical settings.
  3. Summarize the epidemiology of tuberculosis infection in the United States and worldwide.
  4. Compare interferon-gamma release assays to the tuberculin skin test.
  5. Understand interferon-gamma release assays and their advantages and disadvantages.
  6. Review the CDC 2010 “Updated Guidelines for Using Interferon-Gamma Release Assays to Detect M. tuberculosis Infection.”
  7. Discuss practical considerations when running a tuberculosis screening program.
Explore result interpretation and treatment options.

Speakers
avatar for Curtis Chow, FNP, PA-C, COHN-S, CEES, CSPHP

Curtis Chow, FNP, PA-C, COHN-S, CEES, CSPHP

Employee Health Coordinator, Mercy Medical Center - Redding
Curtis Chow is a Nurse Practitioner and Physician Assistant at Mercy Medical Center, Redding. He is the Employee Health Coordinator in the Employee Health Department and has been an occupational health practitioner for the past nine years. Prior to this, he worked as an Intensive Care RN at St. Elizabeth Hospital, Red Bluff. He has been employed with Dignity Health for over 20 years. He is a Certified Occupational Health Nurse Specialist... Read More →
avatar for Thomas C King, MD, PhD

Thomas C King, MD, PhD

Thomas King is Chief of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine at St. Vincent Hospital in Worcester, MA. He was previously Medical Director of the Departments of Pathology at both the William W. Backus Hospital and Day Kimball Hospital, located in Connecticut, and an Associate Professor of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine at Boston University School of Medicine. He was also a Partner at University Pathologists, an independent, subspecialty... Read More →
avatar for Scott Lindquist, MD, MPH

Scott Lindquist, MD, MPH

Scott Lindquist completed his medical training at the University of Washington School of Medicine as a student of the WAMI (Washington, Alaska, Montana and Idaho) program. He completed a residency in pediatrics at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, an Infectious Disease Fellowship at Baylor College of Medicine in Houston, TX and his Master's in Public Health at the Harvard School of Public Health. Dr. Lindquist has drawn upon this... Read More →
avatar for Wendy Thanassi, MA, MD

Wendy Thanassi, MA, MD

Wendy Thanassi is the Chief of Occupational Health at the Palo Alto VA and Clinical Assistant Professor in Emergency Medicine at Stanford Medical Center. She completed her medical education at Stanford University School of Medicine, her internship and residency at Yale - New Haven Hospital, CT, and is board certified in Emergency Medicine by the American Board of Emergency Medicine. Her particular interest is in infectious diseases. Dr... Read More →


Wednesday September 10, 2014 1:10pm - 5:20pm
Napoleon Ballroom A1 3/F

1:10pm

1:10 pm - 5:20 pm W014 Workers’ Compensation 101 and then some… (Intermediate)

Topic Overview:

This interactive discussion and problem-solving workshop focuses on the basics of workers’ compensation systems, and why 15%-20% of claims produce 80%-85% of the costs.  Using real-life case scenarios, participants will gain a better understanding of the subtleties of managing a workers’ compensation injury/illness and the subsequent claims, and will examine the fundamental language of the workers' compensation law common to all 50 states. Other points of discussion will include strategies to control costs while getting workers back to a productive, functional work life as quickly as possible, and what criteria to use when selecting, referring or suggesting qualified medical providers. Following a variety of cases from onset to resolution, from both simple illustrations to more “creeping catastrophic” cases, will enable attendees to gain a better perspective on this 100-year-old system known as workers’ compensation.

Objectives:

  1. Describe the meaning of state law terminologies from a legal perspective.
  2. Identify key triggers that can create a catastrophic claim.
  1. Explain role of standard criteria and medical provider skill sets to resolve medical legal claims aspects.

Speakers
avatar for Patrick Venditti, MHA

Patrick Venditti, MHA

Patrick Venditti has more than 30 years of experience working with Fortune 1000 companies to reduce their workers’ compensation exposures and costs. He currently serves as Executive Director of BJC HealthCare’s Corporate Health Services Division, where he oversees occupational medicine clinics, BJC’s self-insured, the self-administered workers’ compensation program for 33,000+ employees and volunteers, and numerous other... Read More →


Wednesday September 10, 2014 1:10pm - 5:20pm
Napoleon Ballroom B2 3/F

3:00pm

3:00 pm - 4:30 pm Congress of Presidents Education Session: Finding Balance between Work and Home (Basic)

The annual Congress of President meeting begins with an educational presentation from 3:00 pm to 4:30 pm. All chapter presidents are cordially invited to attend.  If you cannot attend, please designate a conference attendee from your chapter. 

For working adults, striking a balance between work and home is always a challenge. This session will illustrate for participants how to find a balance point at the end of each workday so they can fully focus on life after work... No more "Blackberry orphans" and neglected spouses. Learn practical steps to clear the mind at the end of each day to relax and find daily balance in life.

Objectives:

  1. Identify common work life stressors.
  2. Recognize ways people deal with overwork and stress.
  3. Name 10 different ways to find work/life balance


Speakers
avatar for Kathy Espinoza, MBA, MS, CPE, CIE

Kathy Espinoza, MBA, MS, CPE, CIE

AVP, Ergonomics and Safety, Keenan & Associates
Kathy Espinoza is a board certified Professional Ergonomist, with an MBA from University of Redlands and a Master’s in Work Science/Physiology. She has been with Keenan, the largest privately held insurance brokerage/consulting firm in California, since 2003, providing motivational presentations for management and staff, as well as injury prevention training to office personnel, hospital workers (clinical and non-clinical settings,) special... Read More →


Wednesday September 10, 2014 3:00pm - 4:30pm
Nottoway Room 4/F
  • Host Organization AOHP

3:20pm

3:20 pm - 5:20 pm W011 The A3 Process: A Strategy for Problem-Solving in Occupational Health (Intermediate)

Topic Overview:

The A3 process is a simple way of writing a problem, an analysis, a corrective action or an action plan on a single sheet of large paper, often with the use of graphics. Many manufacturers use it as a powerful lean management tool. A3 is an improvement process that applies lean thinking to problem solving. Toyota Motor Corporation is known for its ability to improve operational performance. Central to this ability is the training of engineers, supervisors and managers in a structured problem-solving approach that uses a tool called the A3 Problem-Solving Report. The A3’s constraints (just two pages) and its structure (specific categories, ordered in steps, adding up to a “story”) are the keys to the A3’s power. The A3 process presents an ideal opportunity to solve problems, plan initiatives, collaborate and mentor. A3s serve as mechanisms for managers to conduct root cause analysis and scientific thinking while aligning the interests of individuals and departments. Participants will be able to develop an understanding of how an A3 report can be used in their own settings.

 

Objectives:

  1. Describe the A3 process.
  2. Define the steps to develop an A3 report.
  1. Explain examples of an A3 report in a clinical setting.

Speakers
avatar for Grace Paranzino, EdD, RN, CHES, FAAOHN

Grace Paranzino, EdD, RN, CHES, FAAOHN

Grace Paranzino is a nurse executive with 30 years of progressive management and leadership experience in the hospital environment, academia and the healthcare staffing industry. She is currently the Corporate Chief Clinical Officer for Kelly Healthcare Resources, a Fortune 500 Company headquartered in Troy, MI, where she is responsible for clinical oversight of nursing activities, quality and licensure issues, educational programs, and serves as... Read More →


Wednesday September 10, 2014 3:20pm - 5:20pm
Napoleon Ballroom B3 3/F

4:30pm

4:30 pm - 5:30 pm Congress of Presidents Meeting
Wednesday September 10, 2014 4:30pm - 5:30pm
Nottoway Room 4/F

6:00pm

Reception at Exhibit Hall

WEDNESDAY OPENING RECEPTION The reception will be held Wednesday, September 10 in the exhibit hall at the Sheraton New Orleans Hotel. The event will start at 6:00 pm and will end at 8:00 pm. Discover new products, mingle with exhibitors and learn about the companies who work to make your professional life easier.  Authentic Cajun story tellers will mingle with party-goers, sharing stories of the Louisiana Bayou and how pirates roamed the streets of this port city for more than a century, supplying luxury goods to New Orleans and beyond. Meet the brilliant and capable pirate leader Jean Lafitte at the reception, and hear about their adventures. Don’t miss this opportunity to meet with the exhibitors, enjoy a few hours of networking, savor the munchies and have fun. 


Wednesday September 10, 2014 6:00pm - 8:00pm
Sheraton New Orleans Hotel

6:00pm

Innovative Product Showcase Sept 10, 6:00 pm to Sept 11, 11:00 am

New this year! The AOHP 2014 Conference Committee is offering a unique new forum for select exhibitors to share their expertise and display their products and services. The Innovative Product Showcase, featuring visually appealing, informative poster displays from exhibitors, will be open for viewing from Wednesday, September 10 at 6:00 pm until Friday, September 12 at 11:00 am. Come by the Innovative Product Showcase to learn more.  


Exhibitors
avatar for Wy'East Medical Corp.

Wy'East Medical Corp.

Wy'East Medical
Safe patient handling specialists. Aiding both the patient and the caregiver in safe transfers. Lifts, chairs, slide-sheets and slings.
avatar for UL Workplace Health & Safety

UL Workplace Health & Safety

UL Workplace Health & Safety, UL Workplace Health and Safety
UL's workplace health and safety solutions empower people to protect and promote the well-being of workers, ensure compliance and drive measurable business improvements. With OHM, UL's EMR for employee health clinics, hospitals can automate medical surveillance, streamline clinic workflows and manage case and return-to-work programs.


Wednesday September 10, 2014 6:00pm - Thursday September 11, 2014 11:00am
Outside Napoleon Ballroom

6:00pm

Poster Session Sept 10 6:00 pm - Sept 12 11:00 am

The 2014 Conference Committee reviewed several posters for the AOHP 2014 National Conference. The selected posters will be open for viewing from Wednesday, September 10 at 6:00 pm until Friday, September 12 at 11:00 am. Stop by the poster session and see how these presenters have successfully implemented a program or taken an innovative idea and turned it into a reality.


Wednesday September 10, 2014 6:00pm - Friday September 12, 2014 11:00am
Outside Napoleon Ballroom
 
Thursday, September 11
 

6:45am

7:15am

Breakfast with Exhibitors
Thursday September 11, 2014 7:15am - 7:45am
Exhibit Hall

7:45am

8:20am

A001 Geoff Kelafant Memorial Lecture: Building Relationships In Today’s Multi-Generational Workforce (Basic)

Topic Overview:

This session will show participants how to work effectively with each of the four generations present in the workforce today. This upbeat, motivational presentation will offer insights as to what each generation values and how they learn. Learn to accentuate the positives that each generation brings to the workforce and how to reach and motivate each generation based on what they value.

 

Objectives:

  1. Identify characteristics of each generation in the workforce today.
  2. Examine key events that shape each generation.
  3. Identify strengths that each generation brings to the workplace.
  4. Formulate methods to build relationships through collaboration.
  5. 5.      Evaluate generational clash points.

Speakers
avatar for Kathy Espinoza, MBA, MS, CPE, CIE

Kathy Espinoza, MBA, MS, CPE, CIE

AVP, Ergonomics and Safety, Keenan & Associates
Kathy Espinoza is a board certified Professional Ergonomist, with an MBA from University of Redlands and a Master’s in Work Science/Physiology. She has been with Keenan, the largest privately held insurance brokerage/consulting firm in California, since 2003, providing motivational presentations for management and staff, as well as injury prevention training to office personnel, hospital workers (clinical and non-clinical settings,) special... Read More →


Thursday September 11, 2014 8:20am - 9:50am
Napoleon Ballroom 3/F

9:50am

Break and Visit exhibitors (Door Prize Drawing) sponsored by UL Workplace Health and Safety
Sponsors
avatar for Bronze Sponsor – Thursday Break – UL Workplace Health & Safety

Bronze Sponsor – Thursday Break – UL Workplace Health & Safety

UL Workplace Health & Safety
UL Workplace Health and Safety helps hospitals and health systems optimize their employee health clinics. With OHM, UL’s EMR for employee health, hospitals can automate medical surveillance, improve vaccination tracking and reporting and manage return-to-work programs.  www.ulworkplace.com


Thursday September 11, 2014 9:50am - 10:15am
Exhibit Hall

10:15am

A002 Testing and Treatment of Latent TB in an Era of Declining TB Incidence (Intermediate)

Topic Overview:

The epidemiology of tuberculosis (TB) in the United States is changing rapidly. Interferon gamma release assays (IGRAs) provide new alternatives to skin testing for detection of latent TB infection. These developments have important implications related to healthcare worker TB screening. This presentation will review recent data regarding performance of IGRAs and discuss the challenges of implementing and interpreting these tests. 

 

Objectives:

  1. Review changing epidemiology of latent and active tuberculosis in the United States, specifically among healthcare workers.
  2. Compare available tests for latent TB infection, with emphasis on interferon gamma release assays.
  3. Discuss challenges in the implementation of healthcare worker TB screening in low-incidence settings. 

Speakers
RR

Randall Revas, MD, MSc

Randall Reves is a Professor of Medicine in Infectious Diseases at the University of Colorado Denver School of Medicine and Professor of Epidemiology at the University of Colorado School of Public Health. After serving for 22 years as Medical Director of the Denver Metro Tuberculosis Control Program at Denver Public Health Department and a staff physician in Infectious Diseases at Denver Health Medical Center, he retired in February 2013. He... Read More →


Thursday September 11, 2014 10:15am - 11:15am
Napoleon Ballroom 3/F

11:20am

A003 Drug Diversion and Impairment: Implications for Everyone (Intermediate)

Topic Overview:

Occupational health professionals have a key role to play in drug diversion detection and response. Through lecture, power point and case study analysis, this presentation will define the scope of the drug diversion problem in healthcare facilities across the United States. Essential components of a diversion surveillance, detection and response program will be discussed, including relevant policies, the benefits of internal and external collaboration, and staff education. Drug diversion measures for healthcare facilities will also be reviewed, from pre-employment screening and surveillance to drug testing, handling and security, as well as diversion response. The presenter will also highlight related regulatory requirements from the Controlled Substance Act, the FDA and other public health institutions. Specific methods for protecting patients and facilities when diversion occurs will also be examined.

 

Objectives:

  1. Define the scope of healthcare facility drug diversion in the United States.
  2. Identify the essential components of a diversion surveillance, detection and response program.
  3. Describe basic drug diversion measures healthcare facilities should undertake.
  4. Outline the diversion-related regulatory requirements with which healthcare facilities must comply.
  5. Evaluate methods of protecting patients and institutions when diversion occurs.

Speakers
avatar for Kimberly S. New, JD, BSN, RN

Kimberly S. New, JD, BSN, RN

Kimberly S. New works at a large academic medical center where she manages controlled substance surveillance, diversion detection and regulatory reporting. She also serves as a consultant and resource to healthcare facilities across the country. New is regularly involved with diversion risk analyses, diversion education, development of institutional policies and procedures, and diversion investigation support. She is currently partnering with... Read More →


Thursday September 11, 2014 11:20am - 12:20pm
Napoleon Ballroom 3/F

12:20pm

Solution Series & Visit Exhibitors

The AOHP 2014 Conference Committee is offering an opportunity for exhibitors to demonstrate their products and services. The "Solution Series" will feature short (10-minute) sessions in a designated area of the exhibit hall for exhibitors to present and share their expertise directly with the conference attendees in a more controlled setting. The "Solution Series" will allow exhibitors the opportunity to tailor a professional presentation that meets the attendees’ specific needs and interests. Come join us, and learn more!


Thursday September 11, 2014 12:20pm - 1:05pm
Outside Napoleon Ballroom

1:05pm

Lunch at Exhibit Hall
Lunch Box will be aviailble at the Exhibition Hall (Door Prize Drawing)

Thursday September 11, 2014 1:05pm - 1:40pm
Exhibit Hall

1:10pm

Occupational Health Safety Network (OHSN) Town Hall Meeting

THE NATIONAL INSTITUTE FOR OCCUPATIONAL SAFETY AND HEALTH (NIOSH) invites you to a special town hall meeting scheduled for Thursday September 11 during the AOHP 2014 National Conference. Learn the answers to all of your questions regarding data from 15,000 healthcare personnel injuries that have been collected by the NIOSH Occupational Health Safety Network (OHSN) from more than 100 hospitals nationwide and entered into the first modules of its electronic surveillance system:

  • To whom and where did the injury occur? (standard job category and department)
  • What caused the slips, trips and falls among healthcare personnel?
  • What are the activities which lead to patient handling injuries?
  • What are the contributing factors which lead to violence against healthcare personnel?
  • Are these injuries preventable? What are the available workplace solutions to implement in your facility?
  • What is the latest news on developing needlestick and blood and body fluid exposure modules?

 

With input from AOHP and other stakeholders, NIOSH has developed the first modules of this free, secure, electronic surveillance system, which uses existing data to eliminate the need for double data entry. The current modules focus on: slips, trips and falls; musculoskeletal disorders related to patient handling; and workplace violence. Gain valuable insight on uploading your existing data, viewing the benchmarking capabilities and using the output graphs 24/7 at your desk. Come join us and other stakeholders for this informational meeting.

 


Speakers
avatar for Ahmed Gomaa, MD, ScD, MSPH

Ahmed Gomaa, MD, ScD, MSPH

Medical Officer
Ahmed Gomaa started his career as an orthopedic surgeon treating occupational injuries for five years in Alexandria, Egypt before he joined Tulane University to study occupational and environmental epidemiology. He completed his internal medicine training at the University of South Alabama and occupational medicine training at Harvard. Dr. Gomaa is a practicing physician and is board certified by the American Board of Preventive Medicine in... Read More →


Thursday September 11, 2014 1:10pm - 2:10pm
Maurepas 3/F

1:40pm

A004 Chromosomal Effects In Oncology Personnel Handling Anti-Cancer Drugs (Intermediate)

Topic Overview:

The DNA-damaging effects of treatment with anti-cancer chemotherapy resulting in therapy-related myelodysplastic syndrome and acute leukemia (t-MDS/t-AML) have been recognized for more than 30 years. Concern for the health of cancer caregivers who handled these drugs has also been raised as scores of monitoring studies have documented drug contaminated work areas and worker exposure using post-shift biomonitoring, measures of genotoxicity and in epidemiologic studies of increased reproductive loss. While safe drug handling practices were promoted during the 1990s, concern has persisted that the risk has not been fully addressed. To assess current conditions, a comprehensive exposure assessment study of oncology pharmacy and nursing personnel was performed. Forty-six non-exposed and 63 exposed healthcare workers at three U.S. university hospital cancer centers, all of which reported use of recommended safe handling practices, were enrolled in the study. Sixty percent of 145 total wipe samples demonstrated at least one of the five drugs at concentrations above the limit of detection. Three of the 63 urine samples had measurable concentrations of chemotherapy drugs present. Fluorescent in-situ hybridization (FISH) was used to assess chromosomal abnormalities in exposed workers. Excess aberrations (numerical and structural) were observed in exposed workers as a function of drug handling frequency, reaching statistical significance for chromosome five (p=0.014.) These signature findings suggest that biologically important exposure and risk persist for oncology workers despite endorsement of safe handling policies.   

 

Objectives:

  1. Describe the evidence for the genotoxicity of anti-cancer chemotherapy in treated patients.
  2. Relate the specific chromosomal targets associated with various chemotherapy drug classes.
  3. Discuss the sufficiency of current safe handling policies and methods to bolster worker protection in light of recent evidence of on-going exposure.

Speakers
avatar for Melissa A. McDiarmid, MD, MPH, DABT

Melissa A. McDiarmid, MD, MPH, DABT

Melissa A. McDiarmid received her Bachelor of Arts from the University of Maryland Baltimore County, in Biological Sciences, her MD from the University of Maryland at Baltimore, and her MPH from The Johns Hopkins School of Public Health, where she also completed fellowship training in Occupational Medicine. She is board certified in Internal Medicine, Occupational Medicine and Toxicology. Dr. McDiarmid was Director of the Office of Occupational... Read More →


Thursday September 11, 2014 1:40pm - 3:10pm
Napoleon Ballroom 3/F

3:15pm

A005 Occupational Hazards to Health Care Providers resulting from Aerial Transmission of Infectious Agents: Droplet size, Temperature, Humidity and Other Factors (Advanced)

Topic Overview:

This presentation will focus on aerial transmission of micro-organisms through the air, including multiple factors that contribute to transmission and how to select proper prevention methods. Topics that will be discussed are:

  • Aerosol; large droplets; droplet nuclei.
  • Emission of the contaminated aerosol:
  1. Infected individuals: mechanisms of production; influence on the aerosol/droplet properties; infectious dose.
  2. Environmental sources: humidifiers; cooling towers.
  • Transport of droplets through the air; persistence in the air in relation to droplet size, temperature, humidity, air currents; heat and mass interaction between the bio-aerosol and the air; distance traveled.
  • Time evolution of the microorganism viability.
  • Air currents; air exchange; ventilation; negative pressure.
  • Inhalation and deposition of droplets on the respiratory tract.
  • HEPA filters; simple masks; N95 masks; powered air purifying respirators.
  • Aerosols as biological weapons.

 

Objectives:

  1. Investigate prevention at the sources of aerosols and droplets.
  2. Describe environmental factors contributing to dispersion of droplets/aerosols.
  3. Select appropriate preventive measures against inhalation of infectious agents.
  4. Implement a comprehensive infection control plan adapted to the conditions.

Speakers
avatar for Raoult Ratard, MD, MS, MPH

Raoult Ratard, MD, MS, MPH

Raoult Ratard is the Louisiana State Epidemiologist. He serves as the Louisiana Office of Public Health Chief of the Infectious Disease Epidemiology Section and as the consultant for the Environmental Epidemiology Section. He earned an MD from the University of Paris Medical School, France, specializing in tropical medicine, microbiology and immunology. Later, he obtained a Master of Science in Parasitology from LSU Medical Center, New Orleans... Read More →


Thursday September 11, 2014 3:15pm - 4:15pm
Napoleon Ballroom 3/F

4:20pm

A006 Wellness in the Workplace: Vital Signs for Healthcare Professionals (Intermediate)

Topic Overview:

This presentation will focus on the importance of health and wellness for healthcare professionals (HCPs.) Literature on health status and health behaviors of HCPs will be reviewed. Evidence-based interventions will be presented. Recommendations will be provided on how to integrate wellness into work units in healthcare settings. An interactive wellness exercise will be included as part of this session.

 

Objectives:

  1. Review literature on health and health behaviors of healthcare professionals.
  2. Discuss evidence-based strategies for worksite health and wellness.
  3. Introduce a wellness exercise example.

Speakers
avatar for Sharon Tucker

Sharon Tucker

Director for Research, Evidence-Based Practice (EBP) and Quality in the Department of Nursing and Patient Care Services, University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics
Sharon Tucker, PhD, RN, PMHCNS-BC, FAAN, is Director for Research, Evidence-Based Practice and Quality in the Department of Nursing and Patient Care Services at the University of Iowa Hospitals & Clinics. She has used and teaches motivational interviewing as a strategy for facilitating behavior change. Her research includes a focus on behavioral strategies that promote health and wellness, and prevent disease, particularly among women and... Read More →


Thursday September 11, 2014 4:20pm - 5:20pm
Napoleon Ballroom 3/F

6:30pm

Education Dinner Sponsored by Oxford Immunotec, Inc.

Plan to attend this special event on Thursday evening, September 11, from 6:15 pm -9 pm. Sponsor Oxford Immunotec invites you to a delicious dinner and short, informative educational program, which is open to all conference attendees at NO COST. Enjoy good food, a glass of wine or beer, and networking with friends and colleagues during this relaxing, fun event at the mid-point of a busy, informative conference. Special thanks to Oxford Immunotec, a global, commercial-stage diagnostic company committed to improving patient care by providing advanced, innovative tests in the field of immunology, for offering this event to AOHP conference attendees. To attend, please make sure to check “I will attend” on the Registration Form.

Thursday, September 11, 2014 6:30 pm – 8:15 pm
1.5 hour General Session Level: Basic 

Title: TSTs, IGRAs and Occupational Health: Analyzing Your TB Testing Program
Presenters: Kathy Dayvault, MPH, BSN, RN, COHN-S/CM and Chris P. Kadlecek, PT

Topic Overview:
The goal of this presentation is to educate occupational health professionals on the various TB tests available, and the operational and financial considerations for switching from one TB testing method to another. Specifically, the program will include an educational review of the Tuberculin Skin Test (TST) and Interferon-Gamma Release Assays (IGRAs,) including what they are, how they work and how they are used to screen for latent tuberculosis infection. The presenters will give participants information about how to complete a financial assessment of the total cost of switching from one TB testing method to another at their institutions, with suggestions on how to present that information to other administrators and medical staff involved in the decision-making process.

Objectives:

  1. Review the current TB statistics in the United States.
  2. Describe the scientific and technical differences for the three TB screening methodologies currently available.
  3. Discuss the relative financial strengths and weaknesses of IGRAs and the TST.
  4. Identify the value in converting to an IGRA for TB screening in an employee/occupational health delivery model.
  5. Examine case studies of two institutions that transitioned from the TST to an IGRA.

Speakers
KD

Kathy Dayvault, MPH, BSN, RN, COHN-S/CM

Kathy Dayvault, MPH, BSN, RN, COHN-S/CM, is a Certified Occupational Health Nurse with 35 years of experience, including 25 of those years in occupational health. Prior to that, she spent many years as an ICU staff nurse. Most recently, Dayvault served as the Director of Occupational Health at Piedmont Health System, in Atlanta, GA. While at Piedmont, she led the system-wide initiative for a stronger, more successful TB medical surveillance... Read More →
CP

Chris P. Kadlecek, PT

Chris Kadlecek, PT, is the Program Director of Occupational Health Services at St. David’s Medical Center, a healthcare organization in Austin that helps Central Texas’s employers protect their employees’ health and productivity. Kadlecek has a long history with St. David’s. After graduating in 1989 from Texas State University’s physical therapy program, he began work at the medical center first as a Physical... Read More →

Sponsors
avatar for AOHP Diamond Sponsor – Thursday Evening Event  - Oxford Immunotec, Inc.

AOHP Diamond Sponsor – Thursday Evening Event - Oxford Immunotec, Inc.

Oxford Immunotec, Inc.
Oxford Immunotec Global PLC is a global, commercial-stage Diagnostics Company committed to improving patient care by providing advanced, innovative tests in the field of immunology. Its proprietary T-SPOT technology platform allows it to measure the responses of specific immune cells, known as T cells, to inform the diagnosis, prognosis and monitoring of patients with immunologically controlled diseases. T cells are a central component of the... Read More →


Thursday September 11, 2014 6:30pm - 9:00pm
Napoleon Ballroom 3/F
 
Friday, September 12
 

7:00am

Registration Desk Open Hours
Friday September 12, 2014 7:00am - 4:30pm
Outside Napoleon Ballroom

8:00am

B001 Updates on Adult Immunizations and Adult Immunization Practice Standards: Implications for Occupational Health Professionals (Intermediate)

Topic Overview:

Adults are at substantial risk for vaccine-preventable diseases in the United States. But, vaccination remains a poorly utilized prevention tool among adults. This presentation will describe the highlights on adult vaccination at the most recent Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices meeting, adult vaccine coverage and coverage disparities across different populations, healthcare provider perspectives and practice standards on adult immunization, and the important role of occupational health professionals in improving adult immunization rates and promoting health and effectiveness of working adults.

 

Objectives:

  1. Identify at least one vaccine for adults with a low coverage rate.
  2. Describe provider practice standards on adult immunization.
  3. Explain a change in the provider practice that improves adult vaccination coverage.

Speakers
DK

David Kim, MD

David Kim is a Captain in the U.S. Public Health Service currently assigned to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) as the Deputy Associate Director for Adult Immunizations in the Immunization Services Division. During his tenure at CDC, Dr. Kim has worked in a variety of programs, including immigrant health, quarantine, public health emergency preparedness, cruise ship epidemiology and HIV drug resistance. He is a graduate of the... Read More →


Friday September 12, 2014 8:00am - 9:00am
Napoleon Ballroom 3/F

9:05am

B002 Managing a Successful Workers’ Compensation Program (Advanced)

Topic Overview:

This presentation will provide participants with valuable information on how to manage a successful workers' compensation program. Discussion will center on how to identify issues related to workers' compensation claims and tools that can be used to manage these issues. Prevailing attitudes and their subsequent effects on workers' compensation claims will be analyzed. Claims management regarding how to identify and eliminate fraudulent claims will also be reviewed.

 

Objectives:

  1. Identify issues in workers' compensation claims.
  2. List tools to manage issues in workers' compensation claims.
  3. Explain how to institute policies that utilize tools to manage claims.
  4. Discuss how to change attitudes toward workers' compensation claims.
  5. Describe how to save money by eliminating frivolous claims.

Speakers
avatar for Stephen P. Kelly, JD

Stephen P. Kelly, JD

Stephen P. Kelly, Co-owner of Knell & Kelly, LLC, is an attorney who has dedicated about 90 percent of his practice to defending cases in front of the Illinois Workers' Compensation Commission. The balance of his work focuses on police officers and Illinois National Guardsmen's rights under the Commission. He previously worked for the law firm of Quinn, Johnston, Henderson & Pretorius for nearly 10 years, including six years as Partner... Read More →


Friday September 12, 2014 9:05am - 10:05am
Napoleon Ballroom 3/F

10:05am

Break - Last Visit with Exhibitors
Friday September 12, 2014 10:05am - 10:40am
Exhibit Hall

10:40am

B003 Measuring the Benefits of Both Health and Care Interventions Through Expansion of Employer-sponsored Occupational Services (Intermediate)

Topic Overview:

As employers feel the pressure of providing a solution to the rising cost of healthcare, many turn to on-site services and wellness programs. However, when asked, many employers struggle to provide a measurable return on investment—calculated in terms of improved health and impact to the bottom line. In the Towers Watson 2012 Onsite Health Center survey, which looks at 74 large employers, 53% of those employers do not know or track their return on investment. Through longitudinal studies conducted on large employee populations, this session will offer validated research about the clinical and economic benefits of these services and their related interventions. 

The impact of the services and interventions is reviewed from several relevant angles:

  • Influence on health risk factors.
  • Impact on resource utilization.
  • Effect on medication adherence.
  • Improvement in clinical outcomes.
  • Prompt cost savings.

 

Objectives:

  1. Recognize the influence of employee wellness programs on health risk factors.
  2. Explain the impact of employee wellness programs on resource utilization.
  3. Identify the effect of medication adherence. 
  4. Describe the value of on-site services and wellness programs in terms of clinical outcomes..
  5. Explain how to measure the cost savings of on-site services and wellness programs.

Speakers
avatar for Ross M. Miller, MD, MPH

Ross M. Miller, MD, MPH

Ross M. Miller functions as the national Medical Director for Cerner’s Population Health Services, including all Employer Health Services and Cerner’s Primary Health Network, and in that role is responsible for providing senior clinical oversight of all wellness programs, employer-sponsored on-site primary, urgent care, and occupational health centers, condition management, and benefit administration. Dr. Miller is a seasoned... Read More →


Friday September 12, 2014 10:40am - 11:40am
Nottoway Room 4/F

10:40am

B004 “But it’s legal now, right?”: The Drug-free Workplace in an Era of Legalized Recreational Marijuana (Intermediate)

Topic Overview:

Currently, 20 states and the District of Columbia have legalized medical marijuana. Two of those states, Colorado and Washington, have also legalized recreational marijuana. This creates an interesting dilemma for workplace drug policy enforcement. To date, the U.S. courts have upheld the termination of employees who have tested positive for marijuana use, even if for medical purposes. While use becomes more widespread in Colorado and Washington for strictly recreational purposes, the impact on a drug-free workforce is unknown.

 

Objectives:

  1. Describe the impact of recreational marijuana use on worksite wellness and safety, including workers’ compensation policies.
  2. Describe the interaction between employees who are recreational marijuana users and drug-free workplace policies.
  3. Identify legal cases where employee termination for positive marijuana drug screens have been upheld.
  4. Explain workplace policies and procedures that can be enacted to satisfy a safe and productive working environment in an era of expanding legalized recreational marijuana.

Speakers
avatar for Brian D. Williams, MD, MPH

Brian D. Williams, MD, MPH

Brian D. Williams is a Diplomate of the American Board of Family Medicine and is now board eligible in Occupational and Environmental Medicine following completion of his MPH and finishing residency in July 2014 at the University of Colorado. Dr. Williams co-teaches the International Travel and Health course at the Colorado School of Public Health. He graduated from Millsaps College with a Bachelor of Science in Biology in 1998 and received his... Read More →


Friday September 12, 2014 10:40am - 11:40am
Bayside B&C 4/F

10:40am

B005 AOHP 2014 Staffing Survey: Building on Previous Work, Creating a Benchmark for Tomorrow (Intermediate)

Topic Overview:

Occupational health professionals are not just clinicians, but also educators, case managers, consultants and risk managers. Therefore, data on staffing ratios in other types of healthcare settings cannot be generalized to occupational health offices. The paucity of available literature on these unique offices indicates that it is unfeasible to offer recommendations on staffing ratios without first adequately assessing the current ratios in occupational health offices in healthcare settings and analyzing the factors that may influence those ratios. Accordingly, this session will review a 2014 study which aims to address this concern, conducted by Ethan Moses and Kevin Walters in collaboration with AOHP. Dr. Moses and Walters received the 2013 Julie Schmid Research Scholarship from AOHP to expand upon previous staffing surveys. The goal of this research is to assess and analyze the factors that influence staffing ratios among AOHP members’ organizations to lay the foundation for future, large-scale studies that have the statistical power to examine ideal staffing ratios. In doing so, previous staffing survey questionnaires were modified and improved upon to describe current staffing patterns and identify variables that impact staffing levels in occupational health offices in healthcare settings. Additionally, the researchers included survey measures to investigate potential relationships between staffing ratios and the respondents’ job stress and satisfaction. In this session, the presenters will discuss the methodology and findings of this research as it pertains to AOHP members, as well as possible implications for occupational health offices nationwide.

 

Objectives:

  1. Identify the reasons for investigating staffing ratios and potential stress outcomes.
  2. Describe the outline of a study design.
  3. Discuss results related to staffing ratios and occupational health psychology measures.
  4. Discuss the potential indications and implications of these findings for AOHP.

Speakers
avatar for X.J. Ethan Moses, MD, MPH

X.J. Ethan Moses, MD, MPH

Xavier James Ethan Moses was Chief Resident at the University of Colorado’s Occupational and Environmental Medicine Residency and recently assumed the role of Head of the Division of Occupational Medicine at Denver Health Medical Center (formerly Denver General Hospital) in July 2014. Prior to joining the residency program in July 2012, Dr. Moses was the Chief of Aerospace Medicine at Buckley Air Force Base in Aurora, CO, where he served... Read More →
avatar for Kevin M. Walters

Kevin M. Walters

Kevin M. Walters is a doctoral student in Industrial/Organizational Psychology (the study of organizations, workplaces and their employees) at Colorado State University.  Within Industrial/Organizational Psychology, his research interests primarily involve occupational health psychology and applying positive psychology to organizational contexts. Essentially, Walters is interested in researching and understanding the stress processes that... Read More →


Friday September 12, 2014 10:40am - 11:40am
Gallier 4/F

10:40am

B006 The Ergonomic Assessment Process for Safe Patient Handling: Going Beyond the Standard Checklists (Intermediate)

Topic Overview:

This session will focus on the ergonomic issues often overlooked as hospitals grapple with the problems of safe patient handling. Healthcare has historically led most industries in high rates of musculoskeletal injuries that can be traced directly to patient handling activities. Environmental design can either add to or subtract from the effectiveness of the patient handling program based on either good or poor applications, respectively. Door widths, toilet heights, handrail placement, types of floors and threshold can all play a part in the difficulty or ease with which patients can move around the facility and can make equipment either more or less effective. Poor design and program application will often be at the root of non-compliance, and yet, hospitals historically have overlooked these issues. These issues play an even more important role with continued increases in the number of bariatric patients.

 

Objectives:

  1. Identify ergonomic principles for facility assessment.
  2. Describe how to conduct reliable and valid risk assessments and control selections.
  3. Recognize the role of user-friendly policies and procedures.

Speakers
avatar for Kent Wilson, CIE, CSPHP

Kent Wilson, CIE, CSPHP

Safety Programs Director, HoverTech International
Kent Wilson has performed ergonomic and safety evaluations for dozens of healthcare facilities around the country. He is a Certified Ergonomist who takes an active role in the development of regulatory standards. Wilson is a full member of the Human Factors and Ergonomics Society, The National Safety Council and The American Industrial Hygiene Association, as well as an active participant on their Ergonomic and Healthcare committees. He is Past... Read More →


Friday September 12, 2014 10:40am - 11:40am
Bayside A 4/F

10:40am

B007 Respiratory Protection in Healthcare Settings: Building Competence for the Occupational Health Nurses (Intermediate)

Topic Overview:

For many occupational health nurses (OHNs) in healthcare, adequate respiratory protection for the staff who care for patients with airborne diseases may be an essential job function. In addition, there may be a need to provide respiratory protection for staff outside the clinical areas, such as engineering staff. The results of a national survey of OHNs revealed that OHNs in healthcare often learn about respiratory protection through on-the-job training/experiences. This presentation will provide an overview to date of the efforts of the NIOSH and multi-association advisory group that was convened after the release of the 2011 Institute of Medicine's (IOM) Occupational Health Nurses and Respiratory Protection: Improving Education and Training: Letter Report. The results of the national OHN survey on respiratory protection, the development of OHN respiratory protection competencies and the training modules that have been developed will be shared.

 

Objectives:

  1. Discuss the recommendations of the IOM report on OHNs and respiratory protection.
  2. Describe the report on outcomes to date of the respiratory advisory group.
  3. Describe the findings of the OHN respiratory survey and the subset of results from AOHP and healthcare responses.
  4. Recognize the purpose of the respiratory protection on-line training program.

Speakers
avatar for MaryAnn Gruden, MSN, CRNP, NP-C, COHN-S˼M

MaryAnn Gruden, MSN, CRNP, NP-C, COHN-S˼M

MaryAnn Gruden is the Manager, Employee Health Services for Allegheny General and The Western Pennsylvania hospitals, part of the Allegheny Health Network in Pittsburgh, PA. She has over 20 years of occupational health nursing experience in the healthcare setting. Her MSN is from the University of Virginia, and she is certified as a Family Nurse Practitioner and Occupational Health Nurse Specialist, Case Manager. She serves on the AOHP... Read More →
avatar for Debra Novak, PhD, RN

Debra Novak, PhD, RN

Senior Service Fellow, NPPTL/NIOSH/CDC
Dr. Debra Novak is a Senior Service Fellow with NPPTL/NIOSH. Dr. Novak holds a PhD in Nursing from The University of Alabama-Birmingham and has over 30 years of experience in the field working in a variety of clinical, research and faculty positions. In her current position, she is responsible for translating PPE research findings to clinical workplaces and thereby promoting safer healthcare worker practices. Dr. Novak sits as an invited member... Read More →
avatar for Lisa Pompeii, PhD, COHN-S, FAAOHN

Lisa Pompeii, PhD, COHN-S, FAAOHN

The University of Texas
Lisa A. Pompeii is an Occupational Health Nurse and Epidemiologist at the University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston. Dr. Pompeii’s research focus is on occupational illness and injury among healthcare workers. She is the principal investigator of a NIOSH and AAOHN sponsored educational initiative aimed at training occupational health professionals and healthcare workers about respiratory protection in the workplace. Her... Read More →


Friday September 12, 2014 10:40am - 11:40am
Borgne 3/F

10:40am

B008 Match the Employee to the Job: Post Offer Pre-Employment Evaluations (Intermediate)

Topic Overview:

Post-offer medical examinations are critical to ensure that a prospective employee is well matched to the applied for job. A mismatch of the applicant’s ability to perform the essential job functions increases the chance of an on-the-job injury. A comprehensive post-offer pre-employment physical examination, including an assessment of the physical capabilities of the applicant in relationship to the essential physical demands of the job, is key to injury avoidance. The presentation reviews the rational and components, implications and costs of such an evaluation. Topics to be covered include the components of the exam, how to determine the physical demands of the job and the costs involved.

 

Objectives:

  1. Explain the inadequacy of a typical physical exam when mismatched to the physical demands of the job.
  2. Review the components of a post-offer, pre-employment evaluation.
  3. Explain how matching the employee to the job results in fewer injuries and cost savings associated with reduced injuries.
  4. Describe how job matching affects the potential growth of an occupational medicine practice when presented to employers.

Speakers
avatar for Steven G. Crawford, MD, CIME

Steven G. Crawford, MD, CIME

Dr. Steven Crawford is the Corporate Medical Director of Meridian Occupational Health, a six-office hospital-based occupational medicine practice at the Jersey Shore. He has practiced occupational medicine for 25 years and has performed Independent Medical Examinations for 15 years. He is a Certified Independent Medical Examiner, MRO and a Certified Medical Examiner for the DOT. He is a member of the American College of Physicians, American... Read More →


Friday September 12, 2014 10:40am - 11:40am
Maurepas 3/F

11:45am

Annual Business Meeting and Luncheon-Sponsored by Axion Health

FRIDAY ANNUAL BUSINESS MEETING AND AWARD LUNCHEON – SPONSORED BY AXION HEALTH

Join us at the annual business meeting and award luncheon on Friday, September 12 from 11:45 am to 1:45 pm. This luncheon meeting is included in your main conference registration. This special event recognizes winners of AOHP individual and chapter awards. Celebrate with the award winners and hear the latest news from AOHP board members. To attend, please make sure to check “I will attend” on the Registration Form. This event is sponsored by Axion Health.


Sponsors
avatar for AOHP Platinum Sponsor – Annual Membership Luncheon – Axion Health

AOHP Platinum Sponsor – Annual Membership Luncheon – Axion Health

Axion Health
Axion Health provides employee well-being solutions to companies and institutions looking for ways to improve productivity and reduce costs through better employee health.  Its flagship ReadySetTM software optimizes employee well-being and engagement for health systems, government agencies and industry.  The ReadySet software includes solutions for employee health, occupational health, employee safety and wellness.  It is... Read More →


Friday September 12, 2014 11:45am - 1:45pm
Napoleon Ballroom 3/F

1:50pm

B014 Occupational Lung Disease (Intermediate)

Topic Overview:

The presentation provides an overview of occupational lung disease with a particular focus on occupational asthma. Discussion includes the anatomy and physiology of the respiratory system, clinical evaluation (PFTs, chest x-rays and bronchodilator challenge,) common asthmagens encountered in the workplace and pulmonary response. Participants will improve their clinical evaluation of patients with occupational asthma (asthma either caused by or exacerbated by workplace exposures) and be able to identify workplace exposures generally associated with occupational asthma, such as inhaling chemicals, gases, fumes, dusts and solvents, or workplace factors such as high humidity and extreme temperature.

 

Objectives:

  1. Describe the anatomy and physiology of the respiratory system.
  2. Discuss the tools available to evaluate pulmonary function and impairment.
  3. Differentiate common organic and non-organic occupational lung diseases.
  4. Describe the clinical evaluation of asthma in the workplace. 

Speakers
avatar for Douglas A. Swift, , M.D., M.S.P.H.

Douglas A. Swift, , M.D., M.S.P.H.

Douglas A. Swift is a Clinical Associate Professor of Environmental Health Sciences at Tulane University School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine and the Department of Medicine at the Tulane University School of Medicine, and he is the Co-Medical Director of East Jefferson Occupational Medicine Clinic. Dr. Swift has over 30 years of experience in the field of occupational and environmental medicine and has been involved in numerous studies... Read More →


Friday September 12, 2014 1:50pm - 2:50pm
Nottoway Room 4/F

1:50pm

B009 Reducing Injuries in a Medical Research Animal Handling Facility by 67%: A Joint Effort (Intermediate)

Topic Overview:

DLAR (Division of Laboratory Animal Resources) is the division within Duke Health System whose employees care for all of the animals being used in and for medical research. This includes animals of all sizes, from mice to non-human primates. Duke monitors all divisions that have a "Days Away Restricted/Job Transfer" (DART) rate over 4.00 per 100 full-time employees. In 2007, DLAR had a DART rate of 26.13, the highest DART rate at Duke. DLAR’s DART rate was 70% higher than the division with the next highest DART rate. Most of the injuries were related to ergonomics and occupational hygiene safety. In 2008, upper management was already in the process of re-classifying all of its job positions from union to non-union, which assisted with changing the culture and morale by reducing turnover and giving employees a long-term career path. With upper management taking responsibility for making systemic changes to the division regarding employee safety, a Safety Committee was finally established. With continued upper management financial and administrative support and a positive working relationship with Duke Ergonomics and Occupational & Hygiene Safety, the Safety Committee has been able to facilitate multiple upgrades of various magnitudes that have had an enormous impact on the injury rate. By 2012, the DART rate for DLAR had been reduced by 67%, to 8.69. This presentation will show before and after injury data and examples of these solutions, including HR policy changes, material purchases, and both large and small equipment installations.

 

Objectives:

  1. Describe how HR policy changes can positively affect safety.
  2. Review how management “buy in” can assist with reducing injury rates.
  3. Describe examples of manual material handling upgrades.

Speakers
avatar for Erica M. King, MS

Erica M. King, MS

Erica M. King is an Ergonomist at Duke University & Health System. She has eight years of experience in industrial safety and ergonomics, where she has worked for both an academic institution with a large health system as well as a large utility. King received her Bachelor of Science from Virginia Tech and received her Master of Science in Industrial Engineering with a focus in Occupational Safety and Ergonomics from the University of... Read More →


Friday September 12, 2014 1:50pm - 2:50pm
Gallier 4/F

1:50pm

B010 What’s New with the Aging Workforce? Data, Nurses’ Stories and an Online Train-the-Trainer Program. (Intermediate)

Topic Overview:

Two years ago at the AOHP National Conference in Las Vegas, Ken Scott from the Mountain and Plains ERC introduced AOHP members to some of the issues that will arise as the U.S. healthcare workforce ages. In this presentation, AOHP members will see what he and his colleagues have developed since the last AOHP session on the aging workforce. The presentation will introduce participants to the following resources:

1)      A research study, published in the AOHP Journal, that analyzed how patterns of occupational injuries in private U.S. hospitals change as healthcare workers age. 

2)      Digital stories developed by aging nurses that dig deeper and reach more broadly than statistics and numbers alone.

3)      An online train-the-trainer program to help occupational health professionals in healthcare educate their organizations about the aging workforce and its constellation of issues, challenges and opportunities.

 

Objectives:

  1. Review research published in the AOHP Journal on occupational injuries and age.
  2. Discuss the digital storytelling approach, and view digital stories developed by aging nurses.
  3. Identify a new online train-the-trainer program that integrates dynamic videos with digital stories to prepare organizations for an aging workforce.

Speakers
avatar for Kenneth A Scott, MPH

Kenneth A Scott, MPH

Kenneth A. Scott received his Master’s of Public Health from the University of Washington and is a Senior Professional Research Assistant in the Department of Environmental and Occupational Health at the Colorado School of Public Health. He is the Outreach Director of the Mountain and Plains Education and Research Center. Since joining the Center in 2009, Scott has been involved with a collaborative team that is helping organizations design... Read More →


Friday September 12, 2014 1:50pm - 2:50pm
Borgne 3/F

1:50pm

B011 Making the Organizational Highlight Reel: How to Market Your Personal Value (Intermediate)

Topic Overview:

Most people work hard, but only a few are truly acknowledged for their efforts. Ensure your aptitude is recognized and respected by effectively communicating personal and departmental value to the C-suite.  This learning session will focus on the methods and tools vital to marketing personal value to your organization. First, the presenters will review what metrics drive the C-suite and other organizational leaders.  Secondly, they will explain how to calculate your personal Return-on-Investment (ROI) value through a custom ROI tool specially developed for use by occupational health professionals.  Lastly, participants will be stepped through an example scenario to reinforce the tool utilization and value of ROI messaging.

 

Objectives:

  1. Recognize what metrics drive organizational decision makers.
  2. Discuss the value of knowing your personal Return on Investment (ROI.)
    1. Explain how to use the provided personal ROI tool through an example scenario.

Speakers
avatar for Tom Carson

Tom Carson

Tom Carson is an executive with operating and financial experience in healthcare and technology companies who has spent the past 15 years in the medical documentation industry. He was the founder and CEO of MD-IT, a company serving the electronic documentation needs of physicians and medical practices. Prior to founding MD-IT, Carson was the CFO of Access Graphics, a computer products distributor formed in 1989 that grew to $1.6 billion before... Read More →
avatar for Jeff Cloutier, MBA, MS, PE

Jeff Cloutier, MBA, MS, PE

Jeff Cloutier has served in various marketing, portfolio management and engineering roles throughout his career. Most recently, he held global marketing positions with the Patient Monitoring Division of Covidien, where he oversaw the development, launch and maintenance of products focused on the global hospital and business-to-business markets. Prior to Covidien, Cloutier held various project management and engineering positions within healthcare... Read More →


Friday September 12, 2014 1:50pm - 2:50pm
Maurepas 3/F

1:50pm

B012 Prevention and Treatment of Needle Stick Injuries (Intermediate)

Topic Overview:

There is a high incidence of needlestick exposures related to needlestick injuries associated with the use of needles and surgical procedures. Many of these procedures are performed in the operating room. One such means to reduce needlestick injuries is to use safety needles. Another means is the use of blunt needles, but these can only be used for fascia tissue and not for skin closure or securing procedural lines. Studies have found that suturing was one of the most frequent causes of needlestick, ranging from 16.7% to <100% of the providers. There are little or no educational materials directed at suturing and proper suture technique. Suturing is performed in many settings, not only in the surgical suite, but also in emergency departments, clinics, and on medical and surgical floors. There is a need to educate healthcare providers on how to reduce the incidence of needlesticks from the use of needles and from exposures associated with suturing. Trending of needlestick injuries, staff education and modifications of needle devices and techniques will also be discussed in the presentation. The treatment of needlestick injuries is rapidly evolving to prevent serious viral infections. This presentation will review the means to reduce needlestick injuries and the most up-to-date treatment of these injuries.

 

Objectives:

  1. Identify the incidence of needlestick injuries.
  2. Recognize techniques to reduce needlestick injuries.
  3. Review proper suture procedure.
  4. Discuss the proper treatment of needlestick injuries.

Speakers
avatar for Leslie S. Zun, MD, MBA

Leslie S. Zun, MD, MBA

Chair, Department of Emergency Medicine, Sinai Health System
Dr. Leslie S. Zun is the System Chair of the Department of Emergency Medicine in the Sinai Health System in Chicago, IL, and Chairman and Professor, Department of Emergency Medicine, with a secondary appointment in the Department of Psychiatry, at the Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science/Chicago Medical School in North Chicago, IL. His background includes a medical degree from Rush Medical College and a business degree from... Read More →


Friday September 12, 2014 1:50pm - 2:50pm
Bayside B&C 4/F

1:50pm

B013 NIOSH Occupational Health Safety Network: Current Trends, Upcoming Exposure Module (Intermediate)

Topic Overview:

The NIOSH Occupational Health Safety Network (OHSN) deployed in summer 2013. This is a novel electronic surveillance system that allows benchmarking of occupational injury/illness rates and data analysis across an entire industry, starting with the healthcare sector. The first three OHSN modules focus on common events that can lead to injuries or musculoskeletal disorders among healthcare personnel: patient handling and working in awkward postures; slips, trips and falls; and workplace violence. Participants will learn about data collection and observed trends over the past year, and lessons learned in this process. The session will also introduce the newest OHSN module focused on exposures, including both sharps injuries and blood/body fluid exposures.

 

Objectives:

  1. Identify observed trends in injury rates from aggregate OHSN data.
  2. Explain how to join and participate in OHSN.
  3. Describe how to use reports and prevention resources in OHSN.
  4. Review the new Exposure Module.

Speakers
avatar for Ahmed Gomaa, MD, ScD, MSPH

Ahmed Gomaa, MD, ScD, MSPH

Medical Officer
Ahmed Gomaa started his career as an orthopedic surgeon treating occupational injuries for five years in Alexandria, Egypt before he joined Tulane University to study occupational and environmental epidemiology. He completed his internal medicine training at the University of South Alabama and occupational medicine training at Harvard. Dr. Gomaa is a practicing physician and is board certified by the American Board of Preventive Medicine in... Read More →


Friday September 12, 2014 1:50pm - 2:50pm
Bayside A 4/F

3:00pm

B015 The Latest Evidence Based Treatment Of Low Back And Neck Pain (Advanced)

Low back cases are among the most costly and frequent cases in workers' compensation. There are a confusing number of treatments available for different diagnoses, and hundreds of published articles.  Often, practitioners cannot agree on the actual diagnosis creating the patient’s symptoms. This lecture will review the latest literature with an emphasis on controversial areas, such as why there is a frequent lack of long-term success for spinal injections. Discussion will cover the latest treatments and their likely success rates, as well as patient motivational techniques. The treatment recommendations from the recently updated Colorado workers' compensation guidelines and the ACOEM guidelines, which are currently in the process of updating, will be reviewed. Attendees will discover interesting new evidence that speaks against some of the traditional ideas about how to treat common back and neck conditions.  

 

Objectives:

  1. Identify pros and cons of various spinal injections.
  2. List available mini-invasive or manual therapy treatments, and describe the evidence for or against using these treatments.
  3. Explain techniques to improve patients’ involvement in their care.

Speakers
avatar for Kathryn L Mueller, MD, MPH, FACOEM

Kathryn L Mueller, MD, MPH, FACOEM

Dr. Kathryn Mueller has served as the Medical Director for the Colorado Division of Workers’ Compensation since the inception of this position in 1991. Dr. Mueller is board certified in Occupational Medicine and is a Professor in the Department of Physiatry and Rehabilitation Medicine and the School of Public Health at the University of Colorado at Denver. In her position with Colorado Workers’ Compensation, she edited and assisted in... Read More →


Friday September 12, 2014 3:00pm - 4:30pm
Borgne 3/F

3:00pm

B016 Best Practices for Helping Employees Get Effective Workplace Accommodations Under the ADA (Intermediate)

In this presentation, a Job Accommodation Network (JAN) consultant with over 20 years of experience in workplace accommodations will share her knowledge about the interactive accommodation process and the role that employers, employees and healthcare professionals play in that process. Problem areas will be identified and addressed at each step, and real-life accommodation situations will be provided to illustrate how these problem areas can be overcome. Participants will have the opportunity to discuss situations they have been involved in and to ask questions about their role in the accommodation process. Best practice tips will be provided throughout.

 

Objectives:

  1. Identify a process for determining effective accommodations to help return employees to work.
  2. Explain the roles that healthcare professionals, employers and employees with disabilities can play in the process.
  3. Review real-life accommodation examples that illustrate each step of the interactive process.

Speakers
avatar for Linda Carter Batiste, J.D.

Linda Carter Batiste, J.D.

Linda Carter Batiste is a Principal Consultant with the Job Accommodation Network (JAN,) specializing in the Americans with Disabilities Act and other disability-related legislation. She has been with JAN since 1992 and is a member of JAN's management team. She has a law degree from West Virginia University and is a member of the West Virginia Bar, the American Bar Association and the Order of the Coif. 


Friday September 12, 2014 3:00pm - 4:30pm
Bayside B&C 4/F

3:00pm

B017 Violence in the Workplace: Danger from the Inside – Danger from the Outside (Advanced)

Topic Overview:

Violence in the Workplace. We hear about it every once in a while, yet it seems like it's happening more often. And, for every incident we hear or read about in the news, there are many other smaller incidents that occur across the country each day that we don't hear about. Employers have both legal and ethical responsibilities to maintain a safe work environment – for the patients, but also for the staff. Well over half of the employers in this country have no program or policy addressing workplace violence, and among those who have a policy, less than half address domestic violence. Workplace violence probably wouldn't or couldn't happen at your healthcare facility, right? Or, could it? Employers can be held liable for workplace violence when it can be shown that there was negligent hiring, negligent retention, negligent security, and/or inadequate safeguards to provide a “safe and healthful workplace.” As an occupational health professional, how can you help to minimize the potential for violence in employees?

 

Hospitals may face liability for workplace violence events. You want to be prepared! On September 8, 2011, OSHA issued the Compliance Directive “Enforcement Procedures for Investigating or Inspecting Incidents of Workplace Violence.” This comprehensive seminar will explore the statistics, the legal issues surrounding employment practices and what OSHA is doing to try to make your workplace safer for employees.

 

Objectives:

  1. Explain the comprehensive list of best practices outlined in OSHA’s Compliance Directive, CPL 02-01-052.
  2. Explain the importance of quality screening of potential employees by Human Resources.
  3. Describe the importance of supervisory training promoting frontline awareness of personality changes in employees, which may predict violent behaviors.
  4. Identify initiating legal strategies to address issues of disruptive behavior at any level, including a workable process to address disruptive behavior among staff members.

Speakers
avatar for Stephen A. Burt, MFA, BS

Stephen A. Burt, MFA, BS

President, Healthcare Compliance Resources
Stephen A. Burt is President and CEO of Healthcare Compliance Resources, an affiliate of Woods Rogers Consulting, a company developing and delivering strategic solutions to today's healthcare regulatory compliance problems. From 1981 to 1994, as Corporate Director of Environmental Health for Carilion Healthcare System (Roanoke, VA), he was responsible for OSHA, EPA and Joint Commission compliance and was awarded the prestigious American... Read More →


Friday September 12, 2014 3:00pm - 4:30pm
Maurepas 3/F

3:00pm

B018 FMLA ----Overview and Update (Intermediate)

Topic Overview:

This presentation will provide an overview of the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) regulations and case law, and provide case histories and legal opinions on current FMLA cases. Discussion on management of intermittent FMLA will be included.

 

Objectives:

  1. Identify reasons an employee can take intermittent leave.
  2. Discuss the requirements for medical certifications under FMLA regulations.
  3. Describe a manager’s responsibility for FMLA designation and referral.
  4. Identify eligibility requirements an employee must meet to qualify for FMLA.

Speakers
avatar for JoAnn Shea, COHN-S, ARNP, MS

JoAnn Shea, COHN-S, ARNP, MS

Director, Employee Health & Wellness, Tampa General Hospital
JoAnn Shea has been in the employee health field since 1986 and has managed the Employee Health Department at Tampa General Hospital, a 1,000 bed Level 1 Trauma Center, for 27 years. She is responsible for oversight of the hospital FMLA and medical leave program, and she handles complex FMLA issues on a daily basis.


Friday September 12, 2014 3:00pm - 4:30pm
Nottoway Room 4/F

3:00pm

B019 Pre-Employment/Post-Offer Nicotine Testing (Intermediate)

Topic Overview:

This presentation will discuss the development and implementation of a pre-employment/post-offer nicotine testing program at a large healthcare organization. The importance of developing partnerships with multiple internal departments and external vendors will be discussed. The timeline and specific steps required will be detailed. An overview of the challenges and lessons learned from developing and implementing a pre-employment/post-offer nicotine testing program will be presented.

 

Objectives:

  1. List the driving forces behind the implementation of pre-employment/post-offer nicotine testing.
  2. Describe the timeline and required steps to develop and implement a pre-employment/post-offer nicotine testing program.
  3. Review the challenges and lessons learned from the development of a pre-employment/post-offer nicotine testing program.

Speakers
avatar for Sandy Swan, MS, BSN, RN, COHN-S/CM, CEAS, CSPHP

Sandy Swan, MS, BSN, RN, COHN-S/CM, CEAS, CSPHP

Manager, Occupational Health/Ergonomics
Sandy Swan is the Manager of Occupational Health and Ergonomics for BJC HealthCare in St. Louis, MO.  She received her Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Bowling Green State University in Bowling Green, OH, and her Master of Science in Education from the University of Dayton, in Dayton, OH. Sandy is licensed as an RN in Ohio, Illinois and Missouri. She has been a Certified Occupational Health Nurse Specialist/Case Manager since 2001. Swan... Read More →


Friday September 12, 2014 3:00pm - 4:30pm
Gallier 4/F

3:00pm

B020 Putting It Together Bit by Bit: Creating an on-site, Psychosocial Wellness Program for Your Employees (Intermediate)

Topic Overview:

Employee wellness programs continue to grow in popularity. The most comprehensive and integrated programs have several cornerstones, most notably health, safety and psychosocial well-being. In an ideal world, all three are equally valued. In the real world, however, the psychosocial cornerstone often receives short shrift. Yet, many employers and employees cite psychosocial issues as a significant well-being concern. When interventions are offered, many hone in on a specific issue (e.g., stress,) emphasize “fixing” the individual and may be offered off-site. This approach ignores the big picture. Workplace wellness programs benefit from a broader, more comprehensive, balanced approach with coordinated services for individuals, groups and the organization as a whole. Offering services on-site can help maximize employee participation and engagement, and provide unique secondary benefits.

 

This presentation highlights a comprehensive, on-site program comprised of an array of diverse services that can be tailored to other workplaces. Program components range from simple to complex and address psychosocial support, stress management, team-building, morale, job satisfaction and professional development.  Positive outcomes include enhanced well-being, coping skills, job satisfaction, teamwork, group cohesiveness, peer support and cultural awareness. In addition, reduced burnout, absenteeism, turnover, and bottom line costs are noted.

 

This interactive session will encourage participants to share their thoughts and stories. Lessons learned in the model program will be shared to help participants develop preliminary ideas and plans for creating psychosocial wellness programs in their workplaces (including how to integrate safety and health promotion components.) It can be done! And, it’s so worth it! 

 

Objectives:

  1. Describe the issues related to workplace psychosocial wellness programs.
  2. Describe a model program providing comprehensive on-site, psychosocial wellness services for a large multidisciplinary hospital.

Speakers
LS

Lori Schwartz, PhD

Lori Schwartz received her PhD in Psychology from Penn State University. For nearly 30 years, she has provided direct care, consultation and training in mental health centers, hospitals and community-based programs. Much of her work has focused on individuals and families impacted by chronic illness and their caregivers. Dr. Schwartz provided a comprehensive psychosocial wellness program for a large, multidisciplinary hospital staff for 12... Read More →


Friday September 12, 2014 3:00pm - 4:30pm
Bayside A 4/F

4:40pm

National Committee Informaiton Meetings - Come join us!

National Committee Information Meetings

  1. National Conference Committee                     
  2. Technology Committee
  3. Government Affairs Committee                      
  4. Research Committee
  5. Continuing Education Committee       
  6. Finance Committee

Friday September 12, 2014 4:40pm - 5:30pm
Napoleon Ballroom 3/F

6:00pm

Reception Hosted by ABOHN

All Certified and non-certified Occupational Health Nurses are invited


Friday September 12, 2014 6:00pm - 8:00pm
Bayside B&C 4/F
 
Saturday, September 13
 

7:00am

7:15am

7:45am

C001 Should You Be Jazzed about Incentives as the Instrument of Worksite Health Promotion? (Intermediate)

Topic Overview:

As part of the societal push to improve worker well-being through worksite health promotion, increasing attention is being given to the use of incentives. For example, the Affordable Care Act (ACA) incents employers to pursue a comprehensive worksite health promotion strategy, with intention of driving high levels of participation and demonstrated health outcomes. But, what do we really know about the use of positive and negative incentives in getting workers to improve their health? Do incentives improve participation? Do they lead to long-term gains in worker health?

 

This presentation will focus on one of the most vexing aspects of worksite health promotion - how to effectively use incentives to promote sustainable engagement. The presenters will review case studies and benchmark data on how organizations have applied knowledge of health behavior change in the workplace. Discussion will include a review of the incentives built into the ACA, provide information on what organizations across the country are doing with incentives, and provide insights, tools and resources to help new and seasoned professionals design and implement worker health promotion programs that meet the needs and interests of every worker.

 

Objectives:

  1. Explain the principles that motivate workers to change health behaviors.
  2. Identify incentives in the Affordable Care Act to encourage organizations to adopt comprehensive workplace health promotion programs.
  3. Discuss case studies that illustrate the promise and pitfalls in the use of incentives to promote worksite wellness.
  1. Review current practices in the business community regarding the use of incentives.

Speakers
avatar for Lee S. Newman, MD, MA, FACOEM, FCCP

Lee S. Newman, MD, MA, FACOEM, FCCP

Professor, Colorado School of Public Health, Department of Environmental and Occupational Health, University of Colorado; CMIO Axion Health, Inc.
Dr. Lee Newman is a professor, lecturer, physician, entrepreneur and irrational optimist. He is a professor in the Department of Environmental and Occupational Health, Colorado School of Public Health and in the School of Medicine, University of Colorado. Dr. Newman directs the Center for Worker Health and Environment at the university, which has been recognized by NIOSH as an Affiliate Total Worker Health™ Center of Excellence. He is the... Read More →
avatar for Lili Tenney Starr, MPH

Lili Tenney Starr, MPH

Instructor, Colorado School of Public Health, Department of Environmental and Occupational Health, University of Colorado; Deputy Director, Center for Health, Work & Environment
Lili Tenney Starr is the Deputy Director at the Center for Worker Health and Environment and an instructor at the Colorado School of Public Health. She is Co-founder and Director of Health Links™, an initiative to promote worksite wellness by providing businesses with expert advising, certification, direct support and connection to local health and wellness services. She conducts research on workplace health promotion and health... Read More →


Saturday September 13, 2014 7:45am - 8:45am
Napoleon Ballroom 3/F

8:50am

C002 The EXPO-S.T.O.P. Report: Exposure Benchmark Research Update (Intermediate)

Topic Overview:

Bloodborne pathogen exposures continue to occur among healthcare workers, despite years of attention and a variety of efforts to eliminate them. The AOHP-sponsored Exposure Survey of Trends in Occupational Practice (EXPO-S.T.O.P.) benchmarking research study (in its second year) continues to provide new insights into this issue. This team-taught presentation will demonstrate to conference participants how research and evidence-based practice can inform their management of this crucial concern. The session will include updates on sharps and muco-cutaneous exposure incidence, expand on best Practices in exposure prevention and provide a preview report on the most recent findings.

 

Objectives:

  1. Identify current bloodborne pathogen exposure prevention initiatives.
  2. Discuss examples of prevention best practice.
Identify the report findings of the second annual EXPO- S.T.O.P. survey, and encourage continued support

Speakers
avatar for Linda Good, PhD, RN, COHN-S

Linda Good, PhD, RN, COHN-S

Director, Employee Occupational Health Services, Scripps Health
Linda Good has more than 30 years of nursing experience, including six years as an educator and 20 years in occupational health. She has a Master's and PhD in Nursing with experience in nursing research and is a Certified Occupational Health Nurse Specialist (COHN-S.) She serves as Director of Employee Occupational Health Services for Scripps Health in San Diego, CA, with extensive experience in the area of bloodborne pathogen exposure... Read More →
avatar for Terry Grimmond, FASM, BAgrSc, GrDpAdEd

Terry Grimmond, FASM, BAgrSc, GrDpAdEd

Director, Grimmond and Associates, Microbiology Consultancy
Terry Grimmond is an Australian microbiologist with 49 years of experience in university hospitals, industry and consultancy and is an international researcher and speaker on sharps injury prevention. Terry is an AOHP member, serves on sharps container standards in four countries, has published extensively, spoken at 180 conferences in 18 countries, and has received many awards for his work.


Saturday September 13, 2014 8:50am - 9:50am
Napoleon Ballroom 3/F

9:50am

10:05am

C003 Legislative Update: What’s New for 2014 (Advanced)

Topic Overview:

Occupational health plays a pivotal role in the ongoing safety of the work environment. As members of the management team, it is essential for Occupational Health Department staff to know and understand the potential changes in the regulatory environment caused by the passage of newly introduced legislation. This presentation will review the pertinent and germane bills introduced in the second session of the 113th Congress and give insights into the reasons behind the issues.

 

New initiatives presented by the various federal agencies will also be reviewed. Since 2008, OSHA has become an enforcement agency, and in the fall 2013 regulatory agenda, OSHA included initiatives for a new infectious disease standard and regulations which may result in the promulgation of required injury/illness prevention plans. This section of the legislative review will discuss the proposed regulations introduced by the Department of Labor and Department of Health and Human Services, and give details of the potential outcomes.

 

Objectives:

  1. Recognize which new legislation introduced into the 113th Congress may impact occupational health.
  2. Describe the issues behind the newly introduced legislation and the potential for passage.
  3. Identify strategies to address departmental changes brought on by newly introduced legislation.
  4. Review OSHA’s upcoming regulatory agenda for 2014 and initiatives which may impact the Occupational Health Department.

Speakers
avatar for Stephen A. Burt, MFA, BS

Stephen A. Burt, MFA, BS

President, Healthcare Compliance Resources
Stephen A. Burt is President and CEO of Healthcare Compliance Resources, an affiliate of Woods Rogers Consulting, a company developing and delivering strategic solutions to today's healthcare regulatory compliance problems. From 1981 to 1994, as Corporate Director of Environmental Health for Carilion Healthcare System (Roanoke, VA), he was responsible for OSHA, EPA and Joint Commission compliance and was awarded the prestigious American... Read More →


Saturday September 13, 2014 10:05am - 11:35am
Napoleon Ballroom 3/F

11:45am

C004 You Only Go Around Once! (Basic)

Topic Overview:

This presentation provides a blueprint for attendees to get more out of life, both personally and professionally. This is accomplished by encouraging participants to choose a positive attitude, take positive risks, be a team player and live each day with enthusiasm. It is a reminder to be all we can be, and to live each day to the max. This session is practical, highly motivational and spiced with liberal doses of humor, both regular and Cajun. Life should be enjoyed, not endured!

 

Objectives:

  1. Describe how attitudes are formed and how to choose a positive one.
  2. Explain the relationship between taking positive risks and developing one's potential.
  3. Explain the advantages of working as a team.
  1. Define the correlation between enthusiasm and quality of life.

Speakers
avatar for Curt Boudreaux, M.Ed.

Curt Boudreaux, M.Ed.

Curt Boudreaux is known as “The Motivation Man.” He has been speaking professionally since 1989 and has presented programs throughout the United States at conferences and conventions. Boudreaux is a member and Past President of the New Orleans Chapter of the National Speakers Association. He has served as Chairman of the Board of Commissioners at Lady of the Sea Hospital and Chairman of the Board of the South Lafourche Chamber of... Read More →


Saturday September 13, 2014 11:45am - 12:40pm
Napoleon Ballroom 3/F

12:40pm

CLOSING and EVALUATIONS
Saturday September 13, 2014 12:40pm - 12:50pm
Napoleon Ballroom 3/F