Conference Agenda


Day 1 : 4th Feb 2024, Sunday - Pre-Conference Workshops


Workshop 1


Faculty

Dr. Ivan D. Ivanov
Head - Occupational & Workplace Health, World Health Organization

Dr. Rola Al-Emam
Technical Officer, World Health Organization, Eastern Mediterranean Regional Office, Climate Change, Health & Environment

Dr. Dorothy Ngajilo
Consultant, WHO Global Occupational and Workplace Health Programme, Environment, Climate Change and Health Department Division of Healthier Populations, World Health Organization

Dr. Halim HAMZAOUI
Occupational Safety and Health Specialist, International Labour Organisation

Dr. Shriti Pattani
National Clinical Expert in Occupational Health & Wellbeing, NHS

Dr. Fatma Al Hakmani
Director of Environmental & Occupational Health, Ministry of Health, Oman


Workshop 2


Faculty

Haitham Adwani
Senior Industrial Hygienist, Petroleum Development Oman

Said Al Sabbari
Industrial Hygienist, Petroleum Development Oman

Meyrielle Veloso
Occupational Health & Industrial Hygiene Expert, OQ

Paul Verma
Worker Health, Protection Lead MEA, Shell EP International Ltd

Dr. Alex Hills
Industrial Hygiene Lead EMEA
Shell

Wan Sabrina Wan Mohamad
Health Lead Ventures
Shell Malaysia


Workshop 3


Faculty

Dr Gummanur T Manjunath
Consultant – Occupational Health & Public Health, Independent

Day 2 : 5th Feb 2024, Monday - Conference & Exhibition


Keynote Address 1
Workers Welfare & Wellbeing

Worker welfare and wellbeing are essential components of health and safety management systems. Workplaces take these seriously and are always linked to human rights. The aim of welfare and wellbeing measures is to make sure workers are safe, healthy, satisfied and engaged at work. These are essential key factors in determiningan organization’s performance, linked to productivity and the health of the workforce. On the other hand, inadequate worker welfare and wellbeing standards can be a risk for poor management of health and safety and always lead to reputational damage.

Worker welfare and wellbeing standards relate to all aspects of working and living conditions from the quality and safety of the physical environment, to how workers feel about their health, work and working environment. The welfare standard also covers essential principles such as workers treated with respect, dignity, ethics of recruitment practice, access to documentations and respect to wage and benefits agreement. Wellbeing programs in workplaces cover physical, mental health and lifestyle risks factors such as smoking, diet, exercise. Moreover, the workplace is a major target for global strategies on non-communicable diseases prevention and healthy workplaces initiatives.

Dr. Ivan D. Ivanov
Head - Occupational & Workplace Health, World Health Organization

Prof. Tawfik A. M. Khoja
Secretary GeneralThe Federation of Arab Hospitals

Dr. Richard J L Heron
Independent Chief Medical Adviser
Heron Health Consulting Ltd

Leadership Panel Discussion 1
Effective Leadership in Occupational Health Management

In this session we will be talking about Promotion and maintenance of the highest degree of Physical, Mental and Social well-being of workers by Preventing measures to reach the optimal health of all workforces. Establishing and maintaining a safe and healthy working environment by controlling hazards and risks. And the objective will be Establishing accountable framework for continually improving the quality of health care services, Safeguarding high standards of care, Imbedding Ownership Quality Performance Environment.

Moderator

Hassan Al Ajmi
VP - HSE
Oxy

Panelists

Dr. Salim Al-Sawai
Occupational Health Adviser
Petroleum Development Oman

Nick Pahl
Chief Executive Officer
Society of Occupational Medicine

Dr. Will Ponsoby
Consultant Occupational Physician
Ponsonby Occupational Health

Essam Al Sheibany
VP Sustainability & QHSSE
Asyad Group

Technical Session 1: Current Updates on Occupational Health & Medicine

Occupational medicine (OM) is a field that undergoes continuous evolution in response to various factors. Technological advancements, workplace transformations, changes in production processes, the emergence of new occupational risks and diseases, and updates in regulatory frameworks for occupational health and safety all contribute to the evolving nature of OM. As these factors evolve, OM professionals are committed to staying at the forefront of knowledge and practice, adapting their approaches to effectively protect and promote the health and well-being of workers in an ever-changing occupational landscape.

This session aims to provide attendees with a comprehensive overview of the most recent developments, research findings, and best practices in the field of occupational health and medicine.

Session chair

Nick Pahl

Chief Executive Officer

Society of Occupational Medicine

Speakers

Mohamed Fareed Jeebhay

Professor & Head of Occupational Medicine

University of Cape town

Dr. Will Ponsonby

Consultant Occupational Physician

Ponsonby Occupational Healte

Dr. Abu Hasan Samad

Occupational Health Physician, President

AOEMM, AAOEH


Technical Session 2: Women Health in Workplace

Women make up over half of the global workforce, but they continue to face unique health challenges in today's dynamic and inclusive workplace. They may face health issues, such as complications during pregnancy, that can impact their ability to perform their job duties and live healthy lives. In addition to that the other common health issue that women face in the workplace is stress. Stress can be caused by a variety of factors, including job demands, work-life balance, and interpersonal relationships. Stress can lead to several health problems, including anxiety, depression, and heart disease. Mental health is also a major concern for women in the workplace, as it may lead to anxiety and depression. In this session will present the strategies for promoting physical, mental, and emotional well-being.

Session chair

Nadiya Al Harthi

Senior Contract HSE Advisor

Petroleum Development Oman

Speakers

Dr. Manal Azzi

Global Team Lead on Occupational Safety & Health

International Labour Organization

Dr. Shriti Pattani

National Clinical Expert in Occupational Health & Wellbeing

NHS

Ibtisam Al Khaifi

Founder and CEO of Simat

Human Capital Consultant


Technical Session 3: Medical Emergency Preparedness and Response in Workplace

Various advancements in Medical Emergency Response (MER) have been seen over recent years in an effort to ensure preparedness of the workplace towards any eventual incidents or accidents causing injuries or illnesses to workers to prevent complications. This includes, among others, enhancing the competencies of site medical personnel as well as expanding the use of technology for example using apps and Telemedicine for remote locations. The sharing of updates, lessons learned, studies and experience during this session will provide opportunities to all participants to further explore this advancement and probably adopt and adapt these practices in their organizations.

Session chair

Dr. Ahmed Alhubaishi

Lead Emergency Doctor

International S.O.S

Speakers

Dr. Ade Mutiara

Lead of Occupational Health & Medicine

CSOEM

Dr. Humoud Al Barwani

Medical Officer

Petroleum Development Oman

Dr. Mohamed Saif Said Al Busafi

Director of Emergency Management Center

Ministry of Health

Technical Session 4: Burden of Occupational Injuries, Illnesses and Fatalities

Scientific studies indicate that there are over two million annual fatalities attributed to occupational diseases and more than 350,000 annual deaths resulting from work-related injuries. However, occupational injuries, illnesses, and fatalities not only affect the health and well-being of workers but also result in significant economic costs, productivity losses, and emotional distress. Dealing with all these cases of occupational diseases and injuries incurs a cost equivalent to over 4% of the Global gross domestic product (GDP).

This session aims to shed light on the significant burden and impact that occupational injuries, illnesses, and fatalities impose on individuals, workplaces, and societies as a whole.

Session chair

Dr. Humoud Al Barwani

Medical Officer

Petroleum Development Oman

Speakers

Dr. Sultan Alotaibi

Associate Professor of Occupational Medicine

Imam Abdulrahman Bin Faisal University

Dr. Younis Al Shezawi

Occupational Health Manager

Oxy

Dr. Halim HAMZAOUI

Occupational Safety and Health Specialist

International Labour Organisation


Technical Session 5: Industrial Hygiene Exposure Assessment & Monitoring

Exposure assessment and monitoring are crucial components of industrial hygiene programs. They involve identifying and evaluating potential hazards in the workplace, quantifying worker exposures to those hazards, and implementing appropriate control measures to protect the health and well-being of workers. Internationally, there are several methods and best practices for risk management. These include exposure monitoring and sampling strategies, as well as the utilization of various analytical methods for data interpretation. These approaches help obtain a clear picture of the worker's exposure profile and enable informed decisions based on robust data to achieve the As Low As Reasonably Practicable principle.

Session chair

Haitham Adwani

Senior Industrial Hygienist

Petroleum Development Oman

Speakers

Shiboun Hamed Ali Al Jassasi

Expert Industrial Hygienist

OQ Refineries

Lee Heffernan

Regional Industrial Hygiene Director – Middle East & Africa

bp

Dr. Alex Hills

Industrial Hygiene Lead EMEA

Shell


Technical Session 6: Fatigue Management in Workplace

Fatigue is a known health hazard which can have negative impacts on worker’s health, causing workplace incidents and accidents, as well as affecting business and organization productivity and performance. Therefore it is imperative that employers establish an effective fatigue management programme to address fatigue through various strategies, methods and tactics to minimize the risk to as low as reasonably practicable. Through this session, participants will learn best practices and update themselves on various tools, technologies, studies and approaches in managing fatigue at workplaces from presenters with various experiences and backgrounds.

Session chair

Dr. Al-Moatasem Al-Maamari

Specialist Psychiatrist

Ministry of Health

Speakers

Prof. Ahmed Aly Albadry

ICSOEM Vice President

MFM & ICSOEM & RCHSP

Datin Dr. Norsayani M Yaakob

Head (General Manager)Occupational Health

PETRONAS

Laura Nelson

Managing Director

RTITB

Day 2 Evening : 5th Feb 2024, Monday - Opening Ceremony


  • National Anthem
  • Safety Briefing
  • Holy Quran
  • MC Speech
  • Inaugural Video
  • Abdulrahman Al Yahyaei
    Chief Executive Officer
    Oman Energy Association (OPAL)

    Keynote Address 2
    (H.E. Dr. Hilal Al Sabti)
    Transforming Occupational Health through Leadership & Sustainability

    The keynote will discuss how effective leadership is not just about making decisions but also about inspiring change and fostering a culture of health that prioritizes the well-being of every employee. Moreover, highlight the significance of integrating sustainability into the core of occupational health strategies through creating systems that not only protect workers' health but also ensure the longevity and resilience of health programs in the face of economic, environmental, and social challenges. Keynote will cover:

    • The role of leadership in positive change in occupational health
    • Sustainable practices that lead to healthier workers and workplaces.
    • The intersection of technology, policy, and education in advancing occupational health
    • Actionable insights for implementing transformative health initiatives in occupational health.

    This session is designed for leaders, policymakers, health professionals, and anyone committed to elevating occupational health standards. This keynote will explore how we can collectively transform occupational health through leadership that is as persistent as it is compassionate, and sustainability that is as innovative as it is practical.

    H.E. Dr. Saeed bin Harib Al-Lamki
    Undersecretary for Health Affairs, Ministry of Health, Sultanate of Oman

    Theme: Enhancing Occupational Health Culture

    Moderator

    H.E. Dr Jean Yaacoub Jabbour
    The World Health Organization
    Representative,
    Sultanate of Oman

    Panelists

    H.E. (Rtd) Dr. Ahmed Al Saidi
    Former Minister of Health
    Sultanate of Oman

    Dr. Manal Azzi
    Global Team Lead on Occupational Safety & Health
    International Labour Organization

    Prof. Tawfik A. M. Khoja
    Secretary General
    The Federation of Arab Hospitals

    Day 3 : 6th Feb 2024, Tuesday - Conference & Exhibition


    Keynote Address 3: Occupational Health Policies & Standards Description

    Occupational Health Policies and Standards in an organization's pursuit of a healthy and productive work environment. These crucial guidelines are crafted to shield employees from occupational hazards, illnesses, and injuries, fostering a secure and well-being-oriented workplace. The discussion will encompass an array of pertinent subjects, such as the imperative of possessing comprehensive Occupational Health Policies and Standards, practical strategies for their implementation, and the key elements that constitute robust occupational health frameworks. Attendees can anticipate a thorough examination of the significance of these policies in ensuring employee protection, preventing health-related issues, and cultivating an environment that prioritizes safety and well-being.

    Dr. Ivan D. Ivanov
    Head - Occupational & Workplace Health
    World Health Organization

    Dr. Manal Azzi
    Global Team Lead on Occupational Safety & Health
    International Labour Organization

    Hussain Al Lawati
    Assistant DirectorGeneral Manager at the General Directorate of Labour Care, Ministry of Labour

    Leadership Panel Discussion 3: Importance of Well-Being & Mental Health at Workplace

    Importance of well-being and mental health in the workplace goes beyond the individual; it is a strategic imperative for any organizational success. By creating an environment that supports and promotes well-being, employers not only contribute to the health and happiness of their workforce but also foster a thriving and sustainable business, therefore this session will present the significance of well-being and mental health at the workplace such as, enhanced employee performance, reduced absenteeism, improved morale and job satisfaction, attracting and retaining talent, reduced workplace stress, legal compliance and risk mitigation, ethical and social responsibility and positive organizational reputation

    Moderator

    Dr. Amal Al Maani
    Director General – Disease, Surveillance and Control, Ministry of Health

    Panelists

    Sayyida Dr. Basma Al Said
    Specialist in Mental Health, Founder of Whispers of Serenity Clinic, and Not alone Mental Health Campaign

    Dr. Richard J L Heron
    Independent Chief Medical Adviser, Heron Health Consulting Ltd

    Dr. Mansoor Habib
    Senior Director Employee Wellbeing, Du Telcom Company

    Datin Dr Norsayani M Yaakob
    Head (General Manager), Occupational Health, PETRONAS

    Technical Session 7
    Theme: Mental Wellbeing in the Workplace

    More than half the world’s population are currently in work and 15% of working-age adults live with a mental disorder. Without effective support, mental disorders and other mental health conditions can affect a person’s confidence and identity at work, capacity to work productively, absences and the ease with which to retain or gain work. Twelve billion working days are lost every year to depression and anxiety alone. Furthermore, people living with severe mental health conditions are largely excluded from work despite this being important for recovery. Mental health conditions can also impact families, carers, colleagues, communities, and society at large. Depression and anxiety cost the global economy US$ 1 trillion each year predominantly from reduced productivity.

    In this session subject matter experts and decision makers will delve into the complexities of mental health issues, offering practical insights and strategies to create a supportive work environment that nurtures the psychological well-being of employees.

    Session chair

    Basayir Lawati

    Senior HR Advisor

    Petroleum Development Oman

    Speakers

    Nick Pahl

    Chief Executive Officer

    Society of Occupational Medicine

    Dr. Nasser Al-Sibani

    Sr. Consultant Psychiatrist

    Sultan Qaboos University Hospital

    Wallysson Francis Soares

    Director of Knowledge (CKO)

    SME


    Technical Session 8
    Theme: Fitness to Work & Health Surveillance Best Practices

    The fitness to work and health surveillance practices are vital programs aimed at addressing the importance of ensuring employees' physical and mental well-being in the workplace. In this informative session, participants will explore strategies for assessing employees' fitness for specific job roles, implementing health surveillance measures, and promoting a safe working environment. Key topics include pre-employment medical assessments, periodic health check-ups, and the role of occupational health professionals. The session will provide valuable insights into legal obligations, industry standards, and best practices for managing occupational health risks. Attendees will gain a comprehensive understanding of creating robust fitness to work and health surveillance programs that prioritize employee health, safety, and productivity.

    Session chair

    Dr. Dhishaan Al Shanfari

    Chief Medical Officer

    MB Holding Company

    Speakers

    Prof. Shahieda Adams

    Associate Professor

    University of Cape Town

    Dr. Shahruz Idzwan Azmi

    Principal (Occupational Health)

    PETRONAS

    Dr. Malik Saif Mohamed Al Rawahi

    Head of Interior Medical Services

    Petroleum Development Oman


    Technical Session 9
    Theme: Workers Welfare & Wellbeing

    The workers' welfare and wellbeing prioritize the holistic health and happiness of employees in the workplace. In this informative session, participants will explore strategies for creating a supportive and nurturing work environment that fosters employee wellbeing. Key topics include mental health support, work-life balance, stress management, and promoting a positive organizational culture. The session will provide valuable insights into the benefits of investing in workers' welfare, such as increased productivity, employee retention, and overall job satisfaction. * Attendees will gain a comprehensive understanding of implementing effective policies, initiatives, and resources to enhance workers' welfare and promote their overall wellbeing.
    *Can be modified, based on papers submission.

    Session chair

    Dr. Fatma Al Hajri

    Planning & Strategy Manager

    Petroleum Development Oman

    Speakers

    Ilham Al Eisri

    Head of People & Culture

    Oman Energy Association (OPAL)

    Prof. Yohama Caraballo-Arias

    ICSOEM President

    ICOH Venezuelan National Secretary

    Dr. Hashem Mohammed Al Ismail

    Occupational Health Consultant

    Qatif Central Hospital, EHS, Saudi Arabia

    Technical Session 10
    Theme: Industrial Toxicology

    Industrial toxicology involves the study and management of toxic substances present in industrial settings, with the goal of protecting the health and well-being of employees and promoting overall operational efficiency. A healthy workforce is always a productive workforce. It also demonstrates a commitment to a safe and healthy work environment and compliance with legal obligations. By identifying and mitigating potential hazards, we can prevent long-term health issues and acute incidents caused by exposure to toxic substances. Addressing industrial toxicology offers many benefits, such as implementing appropriate control measures to minimize exposure, providing correct personal protective equipment, and promoting safe work practices. Additionally, regular monitoring and evaluation of exposure levels ensure compliance and help identify areas for improvement.


    Session chair

    Dr. Houda Hassan Al Badwawi

    Occupational Health Advisor

    bp

    Speakers

    Dr. Badria Al Hattali

    Emergency Medicine & Toxicology Consultant

    Head of the Poison Control Section Ministry of Health

    Saleh A Katba Bader

    Former Industrial Hygiene Manager

    Sadara (JV Aramco and Dow)

    Noor Saleh Bader

    MD Student, Medical Researcher

    Yarmouk University Faculty of Medicine

    Dr. Hassan Al Balushi

    Emergency Medicine Consultant & Medical Toxicologist

    Ministry of Health


    Technical Session 11
    Theme: Occupational Health & Industrial Hygiene for Small & Medium Enterprises

    Employers, including small and medium size businesses, are responsible for the overall health and safety of their employees. The health risks for these businesses often require the specialist knowledge of a professional occupational health (OH) advisor and Industrial Hygienist (IH) to effectively manage and protect the workforce.

    In this session we will discuss how and when small and medium sized businesses should employ the services of a professional OH and IH. Themes include the challenges for small and medium sized businesses to find appropriate support in areas with shortages of OH & IH professionals, when should a business consider employing them into their company, availability of service providers (laboratory, equipment calibration etc.) in areas developing their OH/IH capacity.

    With more emphasis on protecting worker’s health and safety, the need for OH & IH professionals and service providers is growing.


    Session chair

    Prof. Yohama Caraballo-Arias

    ICSOEM President

    ICOH Venezuelan National Secretary

    Speakers

    Dr. Dorothy Ngajilo

    Consultant, WHO Global Occupational & Workplace Health Programme

    World Health Organization

    Rashid Mohammed Al Hajri

    QHSE and Assurance Manager

    Shaleem Petroleum Company

    Peter Michael Hamel

    General Manager Occupational Health & Safety, Environment

    be’ah


    Technical Session 12
    Theme: Occupational Health Hazards Exposure Controls Best Practices

    Occupational health hazards pose significant risks to workers across various industries, necessitating effective exposure controls to ensure a safe and healthy work environment. Hazards control can be achieved by development and implementation of measures focusing on controlling, minimizing or eliminating the hazards at the source, along the path or at the worker. This session will highlight best practices in hazards control such as (a) cutting-edge technologies and engineering solutions designed to minimize or eliminate occupational hazards at their source; (b) successful administrative measures, including training programs, policies, and procedures, that have proven to reduce exposure risks, (c) latest developments in PPE technologies and their efficacy in protecting workers from diverse occupational hazards, as well as the challenges and opportunities in meeting and exceeding occupational health and safety regulations. By implementing control measures, companies will minimize the risk of injuries, illnesses, and long-term health issues related to workplace exposures and foster a culture of safety that prioritizes the well-being of employees.

    Session chair

    Prof. Tawfik A. M. Khoja

    Secretary General

    The Federation of Arab Hospitals

    Speakers

    Sulaiman Al Hinai

    Lead, Occupational Hygienist

    Oman LNG

    Dr. Rola Al-Emam

    Technical Officer

    World Health Organization

    Mohamed Al Busaidi

    Senior IH Advisor

    bp

    Leadership Panel Discussion 4: Enhancing Occupational Health Surveillance & Industrial Hygiene Program

    Robust occupational health surveillance and industrial hygiene programs play a crucial role in continuously monitoring the health of employees at the workplace. By identifying potential health risks at an early stage, it enables a proactive approach to maintaining their well-being and safety. Moreover, through well-designed industrial hygiene programs, organizations can closely monitor workplace conditions, identify potential hazards, and take appropriate measures to mitigate them. This not only helps reduce the occurrence of occupational diseases and injuries but also aligns with legal and ethical responsibilities. Furthermore, it becomes a strategic imperative for organizations that aim to create a safe, healthy, and sustainable workplace, fostering employee well-being and operational excellence.

    Moderator

    Dr. Adil Al Wahaibi
    Director of Epidemiological Surveillance
    Ministry of Health

    Panelists

    Lee Heffernan
    Director of Environmental & Occupational Health
    Ministry of Health, Oman Regional Industrial Hygiene Director – Middle East & Africa
    BP

    Wan Sabrina Wan Mohamad
    Health Lead Ventures
    Shell Malaysia

    Dr. Ade Mutiara
    Lead of Occupational Health & Medicine, Indonesia Oil and Gas Task Force - ICSOEM

    Dr. Ali Al Lawati
    Head of Occupational Health & Industrial, Hygiene Expert, OQ

    Day 4 : 7th Feb 2024, Wednesday - Conference & Exhibition


    Keynote Address 4
    Theme: Innovation & Technology in Occupational Health & Industrial Hygiene

    Innovation and technology play a crucial role in advancing occupational health and industrial hygiene, aiming to create safer and healthier working environments for employees across various industries.

    In essence, these innovations aim to prevent workplace incidents, improve safety, and enhance worker well-being through advanced Monitoring Systems, IoT and Sensor Networks, VR and AR, Data Analytics and Predictive Modeling, Telehealth and Remote Monitoring, and Preventive Measures.

    This session is designed for professionals, researchers, and practitioners seeking to stay well-informed of the latest technological trends shaping the future of occupational health and industrial hygiene.

    Ghaith Al Darmaki
    Group Chief Technology Office
    Asyad Group

    Lee Heffernan
    Regional Industrial Hygiene Director – Middle East & Africa, bp

    Dr. Kenji Saito
    President
    ACOEM

    Giulia Peretti
    Owner & Member of the Board
    SAFE

    Leadership Panel Discussion – 5
    Best Practices in Occupational Health: Challenges and Opportunities

    It is crucial to implement best practices in occupational health (OH) to ensure a healthy and safe work environment, enhance employee well-being, and maximize productivity. However, these changes also present challenges that need to be addressed and opportunities to capitalize on.

    One of the challenges in maintaining and improving OH management performance is the need to adapt to new approaches in OH management to suit new working environments. Other challenges include filling gaps in the legal framework, raising public awareness, improving planning and human capacity, and promoting transparency and accountability. Moreover, gaining support and commitment from decision-makers and top management can be influenced by these challenges.

    Despite these challenges, the field of OH promises several opportunities. For instance, implementing proactive OH measures can prevent workplace injuries and illnesses, ensuring business continuity, improving performance and productivity, and reducing overall medical expenses and associated costs. Collaboration among employers, employees, government agencies, and occupational health professionals can lead to the development of effective strategies and the efficient management of resources in emerging economies. Furthermore, leveraging technology and data analytics can facilitate a more effective approach to health risk management, enable better monitoring of employee health, and support targeted interventions.

    Moderator

    Dr. Richard J L Heron
    Independent Chief Medical Adviser
    Heron Health Consulting Ltd

    Panelists

    Dr. Fatma Al Hakmani
    Director of Environmental & Occupational Health
    Ministry of Health, Oman

    Prof. Ahmed Aly Albadry
    ICSOEM Vice President
    MFM & ICSOEM & RCHSP

    Dr. Ivan D. Ivanov
    Head - Occupational & Workplace Health, World Health Organization

    Dr. Halim HAMZAOUI
    Occupational Safety & Health Specialist, International Labour Organisation

    Technical Session 13
    Theme: Non-Communicable Diseases in the Workplace

    Non-communicable diseases (NCDs) enduring health issues influenced by various workplace factors, spanning from chemical exposures to sedentary work patterns and stress-related triggers. Recognizing the intricate relationship between work environments and health outcomes, organizations have the power to effect positive change by fostering spaces that encourage and support healthier lifestyles. These concerted efforts not only alleviate the impact of NCDs but also nurture an atmosphere of wellness and productivity. By taking proactive measures to enhance workplace conditions and prioritize employee health, organizations become active contributors to a healthier society while cultivating a more engaged and resilient workforce.

    Session chair

    Dr. Khuloud Al Hammadi

    Occupational Medicine Consultant

    Abu Dhabi Health Services Company - SEHA

    Speakers

    Dr. Rola Al-Emam

    Technical Officer

    World Health Organization

    Dr. Fazween Ibrahim

    Consultant specialist in Occupational Medicine

    Medmark LTD

    Dr. Ahmed Haytham Altayyar

    Chair of health, Safety and Environment

    John Hopkins Aramco Health Care


    Technical Session 14
    Theme: Career and Training in Occupational Health & Industrial Hygiene

    Occupational health practice is delivered with a multidisciplinary team with each member playing a significant role in supporting the health and wellbeing of the working population.

    Despite its importance, occupational health, medicine, and industrial hygiene are inadequately represented as a specialty in the undergraduate and post graduate curricula and few trainees seek out the specialty for their career. This session will discuss opportunities available for the career in occupational health and the key milestones towards becoming a specialist in different occupational health subspecialties such as occupational medicine, health, industrial hygiene, and nursing


    Session chair

    Dr. Yaqoub Al Saidi

    Occupational Medicine Consultant

    SQU Hospital

    Speakers

    Dr. Alan J Bray

    Consultant Occupational Physician

    South West Independent Medical Services Ltd

    Dr. Sultan Alotaibi

    Associate Professor of Occupational Medicine

    Imam Abdulrahman Bin Faisal University

    Dr. Shaima Abbas Lari

    Consultant Physician

    Shaikh Shakhbout Medical City


    Technical Session 15
    Theme: Insurance and Compensation Regulations for Occupational Illnesses and Injuries

    Occupational accidents not only threaten the lives of workers and undermine the human capital of employers but also impose significant social costs on a country. To mitigate these negative consequences, almost every nation has enacted laws and regulations aimed at preventing occupational accidents and diseases in the workplace. However, countries differ considerably in how they structure their workers' compensation systems. Therefore, it is reasonable to expect that these distinct approaches can have substantial implications for the performance of the system itself, affecting the incentives of both employers and employees to prioritize and promote workplace safety. Consequently, these differences can significantly influence the actual occurrence rates of occupational injuries and diseases.

    This session aims to provide attendees with a comprehensive understanding of the insurance and compensation frameworks for addressing occupational illnesses and injuries. Furthermore, this session will shed light on the challenges and potential solutions in the insurance and compensation sector.

    Session chair

    Murtadha Awadh Al Ajmi

    General Manager

    Oman Insurance Co.

    Speakers

    Prof. Shahieda Adams

    Associate Professor

    University of Cape Town

    Dr. Mohammed Abdullah Aldar

    Managing Director

    ACCUMED

    Zakaria Al Saadi

    Deputy Manager

    Ministry of Labour

    Technical Session 16
    Theme: Innovation & Technology in Occupational Health & Industrial Hygiene

    Innovation and technology have significantly transformed the landscape of occupational health and industrial hygiene, revolutionizing the way workplaces prioritize and ensure the well-being of their employees.

    Advanced sensor technologies now enable real-time monitoring of environmental conditions, detecting and mitigating potential hazards promptly. Wearable devices equipped with sensors allow for personalized health monitoring.

    Offering insights into exposure levels and movement patterns. Data analytics processes vast amounts of information, uncovering patterns and trends to inform proactive decision-making. Virtual and augmented reality technologies enhance training programs, providing immersive simulations for practicing safety protocols. The Internet of Things (IoT) connects and communicates workplace equipment, facilitating efficient monitoring and control. Robotics and automation contribute to minimizing human exposure to hazardous environments. Biometric authentication enhances security measures, and digital health platforms streamline communication and information dissemination. The integration of 3D printing allows for the customization of safety equipment. Overall, the synergy of innovation and technology in occupational health and industrial hygiene not only fosters a safer working environment but also elevates the standard of employee well-being


    Session chair

    Prof. Ahmed Aly Albadry

    ICSOEM Vice President

    MFM & ICSOEM & RCHSP

    Speakers

    Saleh A Katba Bader

    Former Industrial Hygiene Manager

    Sadara (JV Aramco and Dow)

    Dr. Adhari Alzaabi

    Assistant Professor

    Sultan Qaboos University

    Dr. Fahad Alqurashi

    Founder & President

    Raqi Investment Company


    Technical Session 17
    Theme: Role of Epidemiology in Occupational Health and Industrial Hygiene

    Epidemiology has been described as “The study of the distribution and determinants of health-related states or events in specified populations, and the application of this study to the prevention and control of health problems” – John Last, Dictionary of Epidemiology.

    One of the determinants of health is work. Occupational Epidemiology studies worker populations to determine if exposure to chemical, physical or biological hazards in the workplace can result in adverse health outcomes.

    This session will explore how epidemiology informs how the industrial hygienist can better assess workplaces and how a multi-disciplinary approach to risk management can lead to better outcomes for workers.


    Session chair

    Dr. Thamra AlGhafri

    Director General of Health Affairs

    Muscat Governorate

    Speakers

    Mohamed Fareed Jeebhay

    Professor & Head of Occupational Medicine

    University of Cape Town

    Dr. Adil Al Wahaibi

    Director of Epidemiological Surveillance

    Ministry of Health

    Dr. Andrew Jeremijenko

    Head of Occupational Health M42 & Medical Director

    Capital Health Screening Centre


    Technical Session 18
    Theme: Ergonomics at Workplace

    Ergonomics is the scientific discipline concerned with the understanding of interactions among humans and other elements of a system to design optimal work environments. There are many benefits of Ergonomics such as Lower costs, Higher productivity, better product quality, Improved employee engagement, and better safety culture.

    Ergonomics draws on many disciplines to optimize the interaction between the work environment and the worker such as Anthropometry, Biomechanics, Mechanical engineering, and Psychology.

    There are 3 dimensions of ergonomics; physical, cognitive, and organizational. The ergonomics improvement process systematically identifies ergonomic hazards and puts in place engineering and administrative control measures to quantifiably reduce risk factors.

    Session chair

    Moosa Al Habsi

    GM HSE & Corporate Security

    Oman LNG

    Speakers

    Dr. Sultan Alotaibi

    Associate Professor of Occupational Medicine

    Imam Abdulrahman Bin Faisal University

    Dr. Dhishaan Al Shanfari

    Chief Medical Officer

    MB Holding Company

    Said Al Sabari

    Industrial Hygienist

    Petroleum Development Oman

    Leadership Panel Discussion – 6: Return to Work Program – Disability & Rehabilitation

    The return-to-work program has unique challenges and opportunities associated with reintegrating individuals with disabilities into the workforce. In this informative session, participants will explore strategies for creating inclusive and accessible work environments, accommodating diverse needs, and promoting equal opportunities for individuals with disabilities. Key topics include reasonable accommodations, workplace adaptations, and fostering a culture of respect and inclusion. The session will provide valuable insights into government regulations, disability rights, and best practices for supporting the rehabilitation and successful return to work of individuals with disabilities. Attendees will gain a comprehensive understanding of creating effective return to work programs that empower and uplift individuals with disabilities.
    *Can be modified, based on papers submission.

    Moderator

    Dr. Mohammed Said Al Yazidi
    Occupational Health Consultant
    YAZ Consultancy

    Panelists

    Dr. Halim HAMZAOUI
    Occupational Safety & Health Specialist
    International Labour Organisation

    Dr. Alan J Bray
    Consultant Occupational Physician, South West Independent Medical, Services Ltd

    Dr. Salim Al-Sawai
    Occupational Health Adviser
    Petroleum Development Oman

    Shamsa Al Tamimi
    Medical Affairs Manager
    Social Pension Fund (SPF)


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