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Ensuring a healthy workforce... are you taking action? Many opportunities to listen and learn

February 2008

During 2008 there will be many opportunities to gain good advice and guidance on the best and latest ways to ensure good health. The following details should inspire everyone this coming year!

Closing event for the Lighten the Load Campaign of the European Agency for Health and Safety at Work

The closing event of the Lighten the Load campaign will be held on Tuesday 26th February 2008 at the Euskalduna Conference Centre in Bilbao, Spain.

The Summit provides a unique opportunity to hear from professionals, practitioners and participants what has been achieved during the European campaign on musculoskeletal disorders (MSDs). After an opening plenary with Vladimír Špidla, European Commissioner for Employment, Social Affairs and Equal Opportunities, delegates will have a choice of three thematic workshops:

In the afternoon, keynote speeches and the presentation of the Good Practice Award Winners round up the programme.

The British Occupational Hygiene Society's (BOHS) Annual Conference - Occupational Hygiene 2008

This conference takes place this year at the Thistle Hotel Bristol, UK from 13-15 May 2008. Highlights include the Conference-opening Warner Lecture by Paul Schulte, Director of the Education and Information Division of US NIOSH, which will be focusing on obesity in relation to occupational health and safety. Keynote lectures, leading into themed sessions, will also be given by Professor Lesley Rushton, of Imperial College, London, on the elimination of the occupational cancer burden in Britain, and Professor Anthony Seaton, himself a past Warner Lecturer, entitled 'Air: the past, the present and the future'. Other important themes within the three day conference programme will include REACH and nanotechnology. A series of interactive workshops will run over all three days, as will a poster display presenting scientific work. The associated exhibition of suppliers of services and equipment runs alongside.

This conference brings together leading UK, European and international researchers, practitioners and regulators, with a programme which aims to cover all the major themes and emerging issues in occupational health and hygiene. The professionally cosmopolitan environment of the Conference provides excellent scope to meet fellow hygienists and peers from related professions from all sectors of industry. The Conference can be booked on-line, via the BOHS website,, where the programme is also available. An early-bird reduction in fee applies for those who book before Friday 11th April 2008 and all non-BOHS members paying the full conference fee will be granted complimentary Society membership until 31st December 2008.

Staying Healthy in 2008: IOSH 08 to be held on 18-19 March 2008 - Telford International Centre, UK

Often, people plan to improve their health by cutting down on some of life's excesses or by doing more physical activity to help them get in better shape. The Institution of Occupational Safety and Health (IOSH), however, hopes most people will make a resolution to keep themselves safe and healthy at work. 36 million working days were lost in 2006/07 through workplace ill-health and injury. Musculoskeletal disorders (MSDs) are the most common occupational illness in Great Britain, affecting over one million people a year. They include problems such as lower back pain, joint injuries and repetitive strain injuries.

You can learn more about this topic and other health and safety issues by coming along to the IOSH 08 Conference and Exhibition, which takes place at the International Centre in Telford from 18-19 March 2008. Visit for more information.

Work, Stress, and Health 2008: Healthy and Safe Work Through Research, Practice, and Partnerships

The American Psychological Association, the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, and the Society for Occupational Health Psychology, will convene the seventh international conference on occupational stress and health entitled "Work, Stress, and Health 2008: Healthy and Safe Work Through Research, Practice, and Partnerships" Washington, DC, on March 6-8, 2008, at the Omni Shoreham Hotel. Continuing Education Workshops will be held on March 5, 2008. Please plan to join us to add your perspective to a rapidly growing area of workplace health research and practice.

The Work, Stress, and Health conference series is designed to address the constantly changing nature of work, and the implications of these changes for the health, safety, and well-being of workers. This year the conference will focus on the translation of research to practice. Numerous topics of interest to industry, employees, and researchers are covered in the series including:

  1. 01 - Best Practices in Creating Healthy Workplaces
  2. 02 - Collaborative and Participatory Approaches
  3. 03 - Engaging Small Businesses and Self-Employed Workers
  4. 04 - Minority and Immigrant Workers
  5. 05 - Workplace Diversity and Discrimination
  6. 06 - Workplace Violence
  7. 07 - Changing Employment Arrangements
  8. 08 - Compensation and Benefits
  9. 09 - Work Schedules and Flexible Work Arrangements
  10. 10 - Work-Family Integration
  11. 11 - Work Design and Worker Health
  12. 12 - Worker Control and Working Conditions
  13. 13 - High-Risk Jobs and Populations
  14. 14 - Traumatic Stress and Resilience for Workers in Hazardous Occupations and Disaster Relief Operations
  15. 15 - Psychological and Biological Effects of Job Stress
  16. 16 - Sleep, Fatigue, and Work
  17. 17 - Aging and Work Stress
  18. 18 - Health Services and Health and Productivity Management
  19. 19 - Building a Business Case for Workplace Safety and Health
  20. 20 - Safety Climate, Management, and Training
  21. 21 - Professional and Educational Development
  22. 22 - Theoretical and Conceptual Issues in Job Stress
  23. 23 - Research Methodology
  24. 24 - Improving Intervention Methods and Processes
  25. 25 - National and International Surveillance (Tracking)
  26. 26 - Emerging Risks, Opportunities, and Issues in Work, Stress, and Health