NIOSH Future of Work Webinar Series

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NIOSH is pleased to launch a new webinar series on the future of work. With the participation of NIOSH researchers and external experts, this series aims to inform and engage audiences on fundamental future of work priority topics and sub-topics. We hope that you will join us as we explore subjects and critical questions vital for the safety, health, and well-being of tomorrow’s workforce.

Upcoming Webinars

The Role of Robotics in the Future of Work

Wednesday, June 22, 2-3pm ET

Registration Link: https://cdc.zoomgov.com/webinar/register/WN_4fAex2EpT3GlHRosH-FcnAexternal icon

You are invited to join the fifth webinar in the NIOSH Future of Work Webinar Series, covering significant priority topics. This event, presented by the NIOSH Future of Work Initiative, will focus on robotics. The webinar will offer an overview of robotics trends, implications for worker safety and health, and the NIOSH Center for Occupational Robotics Research. Findings will additionally be provided on ways to assess both human-robot interaction safety risks and exoskeleton performance in differing temperatures.

Featured speakers will also highlight select robotics sub-topics and discuss safety, health, and well-being opportunities and challenges facing tomorrow’s workforce.

Moderator:

Scott Henn, MS, CIH
Scott Henn is an industrial hygienist at the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health with over 20 years of experience conducting occupational health studies. He has an MS degree in Environmental Health from the University of Cincinnati and holds a certification from the American Board of Industrial Hygiene. His research interests are focused on conducting occupational surveillance of national exposures, including analyzing and interpreting exposure data and evaluating determinants of exposure.

Speakers:

Dawn Castillo, MPH
Dawn Castillo is the Director of the Division of Safety Research at the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH). She is also the NIOSH manager for the Center for Occupational Robotics Research, the Center for Motor Vehicle Safety, and the Traumatic Injury Prevention Program. She is an injury epidemiologist and has authored numerous articles, book chapters, and technical documents on a variety of occupational injury topics, including occupational injuries among young workers, older workers, fire fighters, and workplace violence. Ms. Castillo received her MPH in epidemiology from the University of California, Los Angeles.

Chukwuma (Chuma) Nnaji, MBA, PhD
Dr. Chuma Nnaji is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Civil, Construction, and Environmental Engineering at The University of Alabama, Tuscaloosa. He holds a BS degree in Building from Imo State University, an MBA from Oregon State University’s College of Business and an MS and Ph.D. degree in Civil Engineering from Oregon State University. His research focus is on generating foundational insight on human behavior, as well as formulating strategies and developing decision support tools that enhance construction safety and health, human-machine interactions, construction automation, sustainable construction, workforce development in different construction environments. Dr. Nnaji is a member of American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE), American Society of Safety Professionals (ASSP), National Society of Black Engineers, and the Precast Concrete Institute.

Past Webinars

The Role of Technological Job Displacement in the Future of Work
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NIOSH Science Blog: https://blogs.cdc.gov/niosh-science-blog/2022/02/15/tjd-fow/

The fourth webinar in the NIOSH Future of Work Webinar Series focused on the role of technological job displacement in the future of work. The webinar helped occupational safety and health (OSH) and allied professionals and practitioners understand and address OSH implications of automation; digitalization; job quantity and quality; occupational polarization; productivity enhancement and quality improvement through automated manufacturing; and stable, new, and redundant work.

The featured moderator and speakers discussed select technological job displacement sub-topics and the safety, health, and well-being opportunities and challenges facing tomorrow’s workforce.

Featured Moderator and Speakers:

Chia-Chia Chang, MPH, MBA
Coordinator in the NIOSH Office for Total Worker Health® and Coordinator in the NIOSH Healthy Work Design and Well-Being Cross-Sector Program

Naomi Swanson, PhD, MA
Senior Science Advisor in the NIOSH Division of Science Integration and Co-Manager of the Healthy Work Design and Well-Being Cross-Sector Program

Shannon Meade, JD
Executive Director of Littler’s Workplace Policy Institute and Executive Director of the Emma Coalition

The Role of Demographics in the Future of Work

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The third webinar in the NIOSH Future of Work Webinar Series focused on the role of demographics in the future of work. Prioritizing growing worker diversity will help occupational safety and health and allied professionals and practitioners identify, examine, and reduce the inequitable distribution of workplace- and work-related risks and benefits due to demographic characteristics, ensuring the well-being of all workers.

The featured speakers discussed selected sub-topics and the safety, health, and well-being opportunities and challenges facing tomorrow’s workforce.

Featured Speakers:
Laura Syron, PhD, MPH
Assistant Program Coordinator for the Occupational Health Equity Program and the Center for Maritime Safety and Health Studies, at the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health

Marie-Anne Rosemberg, PhD, MN, RN, FAAOHN
Assistant Professor at the University of Michigan, School of Nursing in the Systems, Populations, and Leadership Department

The Role of Artificial Intelligence in the Future of Work

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The second webinar in the NIOSH Future of Work Webinar Series focused on the role of artificial intelligence (AI) in the future of work. Understanding how AI works can maximize occupational safety and health (OSH) advantages as well as minimize potential setbacks. Although the application of AI in the workplace is still emerging, OSH professionals, practitioners, researchers, employers, and workers can benefit from developing a greater understanding of workplace AI applications.

The featured speakers discussed selected sub-topics and the safety, health, and well-being opportunities and challenges facing tomorrow’s workforce.

Featured Speakers

Jay Vietas, PhD, MS, CIH, CSP

Chief of the Emerging Technologies Branch, in the Division of Science Integration, at the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health

Houshang Darabi, Ph.D.

Professor of Industrial Engineering and Professor of Computer Science at the University of Illinois at Chicago

The Role of Organizational Design in the Future of Work

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During the first webinar in the new NIOSH Future of Work Webinar Series, this event focused on the role of organizational design, including the basic, foundational physical and functional infrastructures influencing where, when, and how work is conducted. The organization of work refers to psychosocial and physical aspects of the workplace that greatly impact worker safety and health issues, such as: autonomy, burnout and stress prevention, healthy leadership, job flexibility, leave policies, scheduling, social and corporate responsibility, built environment, workspace, and work-life fit.

The featured speakers discussed various organizational design sub-topics and safety, health, and well-being opportunities and challenges facing tomorrow’s workforce.

Featured Speakers

Jessica MK Streit, PhD, MS, CHES®

Research Psychologist and Deputy Director of the Office of Research Integration at the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health

Leslie B. Hammer, PhD

Professor at the Oregon Institute of Occupational Health Sciences, at Oregon Health & Science University

Co-Director of the Oregon Healthy Workforce Center

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