Safely Returning to Work

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Up to 9.0  AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™ 


 Audience    ► Overview    ► Learning Objectives   
► Program Agenda     Planning Committeee

ACOEM's Safely Returning to Work Virtual Symposium is an integrated, comprehensive, in-depth educational offering presented by OEM health care professionals for OEM health care professionals
Expert faculty lay out a roadmap to prepare occupational physicians and other health professionals to answer the specific scientific, technical, and practical management questions that employers and workers will be asking during the reopening and resumption of operations. 


The Virtual Symposium is designed for physicians and other health care professionals who specialize in or have an interest in occupational and environmental medicine (OEM), including nurses, physician assistants, industrial hygienists, safety professionals, environmental health specialists, and human resource professionals. 
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As the world continues to deal with the COVID-19 pandemic, many businesses struggle to reopen. In order to reopen safely, employers will need support in facilitating employees returning to work, including dealing with testing protocols, business-specific guidance, and workplace modifications to reduce the potential for workplace transmission. These modifications will need to include defining and adjusting to workplace physical distancing, and the use of personal protective equipment (e.g., masks), engineering controls (e.g., ventilation), and administrative controls (e.g., staggered shifts) to prevent the spread of COVID-19. This Symposium will cover a comprehensive approach to returning to work during the pandemic, the biological science of viral transmission, as well as industry-specific guidance that can be applied to workplace environments. It will also discuss the role that medical, safety, and industrial hygiene plays in safely returning employees to the workplace.

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Learning Objectives

  • Describe the role that OEM physicians and other professionals (e.g., safety, industrial hygiene, human resources) play in returning employees back to work safely during the pandemic.
  • Assess the psychological impacts that the pandemic has on workers, especially health care providers, and the strategies and resources needed to assist them.
  • Cite the biological science of SARS CoV-2 transmission and the role that masking can play in reducing the transmission of the virus.
  • Identify how to prepare workplaces using health and safety measures with a focus on several industries including meatpacking/food, maritime, health care, transportation, public safety, and utilities.

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Program Overview

Up to 9.0  AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™ 

Day 1: A Comprehensive Approach to Wholesale Return to Work (RTW) During COVID-19 Pandemic (3.0 Hours)

Day 2:
Biological Science: Role of Medical, Safety, and Industrial Hygiene Professionals (3.0 Hours)

Day 3:
Industry-Specific Return-to-Work Guidance (3.0 Hours)


Accreditation Statement

The American College of Occupational and Environmental Medicine is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) to provide continuing medical education for physicians. 
Designation Statement
The American College of Occupational and Environmental Medicine designates this live activity for a maximum of 9.0 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™.  Physicians should only claim credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

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Virtual Symposium Planning Committee

  • Tanisha Taylor, MD, MPH, MBA, FACOEM
  • Kathryn Mueller, MD, MPH, FACOEM
  • Rupali Das, MD, MPH, FACOEM
  • Robert Blink, MD, MPH, FACOEM
  • Jennifer Christian, MD, MPH, FACOEM
  • Glenn Pransky, MD, FACOEM
  • Leslie Israel, DO, MPH, FACOEM
  • Robert Orford, MD, MPH, MS, FACOEM
  • Beth Baker, MD, MPH, FACOEM
  • Robert Bourgeois, MD, MPH, FACOEM

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