Spring symposium: pain at work

We look forward to diving into the topic of pain in the workplace as we examine best practices for preventing, recognizing, and treating pain. Each year we intend for our biannual symposia to be more than just another event on workplace safety, but rather, to address emerging and particularly challenging topics affecting the health, safety and well-being of employees and workers. This upcoming full-day event, to be held on Thursday, May 31 at the Wilsonville Holiday Inn, will be no exception.

This symposia is targeted toward occupational health researchers, occupational health and safety, wellness, well-being, human resource, and workers’ compensation professionals. A mix of research and practice presenters will share current pain models, early intervention and prevention recommendations, current knowledge on effective pain treatments, and organizational recommendations for best practices in supporting workers who suffer from pain. We are fortunate to offer a diverse slate of highly knowledgeable presenters and topics, including:

  • Pain-free Workplaces are Key to our Future
, Ronald “Chet” Brandon, CSP, CHMM, VP of Operations and Corporate Safety Officer, ATI Worksite Solutions
  • How to Understand Pain, 
Kevin Cuccaro, DO, Consultant and Physician
  • Five Domains of Best Pain Care, Catriona Buist, PsyD, Psychologist OHSU Comprehensive Pain Center, Assistant Professor, Departments of Anesthesiology and Perioperative Medicine, and Psychiatry, OHSU, Chair of the Oregon Pain Management Commission
  • Delivering Community-Based Pain Care: Preventing disability in injured workers
, Gary Franklin, MD, MPH, Research Professor, Departments of Environment Health, Neurology, and Health Services, University of Washington; Medical Director, Washington State Department of Labor and Industries

Mindfulness and Yoga: Promising treatments for chronic pain, 
Jim Carson, PhD, Psychologist, OHSU Comprehensive Pain Center, Associate Professor, Departments of Anesthesiology & Perioperative Medicine, and Psychiatry, OHSU
  • Employer Strategies for Chronic Pain, 
Leigh Manning, MPH, Senior Safety Management Consultant, SAIF Corporation

As always, participants can join in person and by live webinar. Registration is now open. Rates vary from $20 for webinar viewing, to $30-$60 for in person attendance. We hope to see you there!

Pain at Work: How to prevent, recognize and treat webpage
Previous OccHealthSci symposia