Expanding Research Partnerships Webinar Series, September 2021
Presentation Date: September 8, 2021
Robert Bourgeois, American College of Occupational and Environmental Medicine
Dr. Bourgeois has practiced in an Occupational Medicine group in Morgan City, Louisiana since 1993. Prior to that he was the Medical Director of the Martin Marietta Electronics, Information and Missiles Group in Orlando, Florida. He served as a Consultant to SeaWorld of Florida and Walt Disney World. Since 1993, his Louisiana based Occupational Medicine group has provided services to hundreds of companies across South Louisiana and the Gulf of Mexico. An expert in Maritime and Oil Worker Fitness for Duty, he has testified as an expert in multiple jurisdictions including for the National Transportation Safety Board. He serves as the 2021-2022 President of the American College of Occupational & Environmental Medicine.
Chris Cunningham, Society for Occupational Health Psychology
The discipline of Occupational Health Psychology (OHP) is now established as a legitimate and meaningful specialization in applied psychology focused on research and practice addressing worker health, safety, and well-being, with a focus on the complex interaction of psychological (including emotional, cognitive, and behavioral), social, and environmental factors. In this presentation I will identify and discuss several critical opportunities we have now and in the near future for increasing OHP professionals’ impact. These include: (1) increasing our collaborative connections with other occupational safety and health professionals and more generally functioning as the “hub science” we can be in this domain that can help to augment and strengthen efforts to address complex health and safety challenges; (2) balancing the focus of our attention so that there is at least as much attention on translating and applying our theories and empirical findings to practice as there is to generating more research and related outputs; (3) expanding our frame of attention to include workers in nontraditional and underrepresented working situations, who often face extremely serious risks that are poorly understood and not being addressed; and (4) helping the world appreciate the importance and benefits of work that is designed and done well.
Joel Haight, American Society of Safety Professionals
Presentation will include discussion of the history of ASSP supported research. It will include discussion ASSP’s current role in funding and supporting research as well as its role in disseminating NIOSH-developed research findings. Included also will be some discussion of how ASSP views it role in working with NIOSH in the future.
John Mulhausen, American Industrial Hygiene Association
AIHA President John Mulhausen will discuss a new AIHA initiative called “Defining the Science,” a project in which AIHA and its sister organization ACGIH aim to create a new national occupational and environmental health and safety (OEHS) research to practice agenda.
Larry Sloan, American Industrial Hygiene Association
AIHA CEO Lawrence Sloan will provide a summary of work being performed under a $500,000 CDC/NIOSH grant awarded earlier this year. This project entails the development of multiple pandemic response deliverables that are based on its Back to Work Safely Initiative and other COVID guidance documents produced since the inception of the pandemic in February 2020.