September 14, 2022: Message from Health and Safety Executive Chief Scientific Adviser:
Following the sad passing of her late Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, the WHEC seminar has been postponed until after the period of national mourning. I’m sure you understand the exceptional circumstances, and hope that that decision does not cause you too much inconvenience.
We will contact you when we have made arrangements to hold the event on a suitable alternative date.
The prevention of disease and ill health caused by adverse factors at work will often require interventions to reduce the level of exposure to harm. Evaluation of the effectiveness of such interventions is an essential step to enable confidence that the intervention has had the desired effect, and to understand the extent of the benefit gained and whether it has caused any unintended harm.
Interventions and their evaluation are more straightforward where a single agent (e.g. asbestos, benzene, carbon disulphide) is responsible for one or more clearly defined outcomes (e.g. mesothelioma or lung cancer, leukaemia, ischaemic heart disease) but are more complex in circumstances where ill health is the outcome of multiple possible interacting environmental factors in and outside work. An important example of such complexity is organisational intervention focused on reducing psychological and social hazards that are known to contribute to poor mental and physical health outcomes.
This seminar will outline intervention principles to address this complexity and the research that underpins it.
Workplace Health Expert Committee: WHEC. The development of policy in HSE needs to be informed by the best available contemporary scientific evidence. HSE formed the Workplace Health Expert Committee (WHEC) to provide independent expert advice to them on:
- new and emerging workplace health issues;
- new and emerging evidence relating to existing workplace health issues;
- the quality and relevance of the evidence base on workplace health issues.
Paul Cullinan holds a chair in Occupational and Environmental Disease at Imperial Collage and is a consultant hospital physician. Paul has been a member of WHEC since it was created in 2015
Joanna Wilde is retired organisational psychologist, Chartered psychologist and Chartered Scientist, having held senior roles in organisational development, health and effectiveness with organisations such as Hewlett Packard, Comalco Smelting and British Airways. She joined WHEC in September 2018.
- Download the evidence review paper here: Evaluating interventions in work-related ill health and disease
- Find out more about Workplace Health Expert Committee (WHEC) here: WHEC
- Event website and registration