About this event

  • Date and time Wed 20 May 2020 from 12:30pm to 1:30pm
  • Location Online
  • Organised by Occupational Medicine

Join this webinar to review what steps can be taken by health organisations to keep their staff safe and well during a viral pandemic.

This webinar will promote understanding of the Hierarchy of Control as an organisational risk prevention tool and also discuss personal protective equipment (PPE) and its usefulness as a line of protection from infection for staff.

During this session you will be able to:

  • Learn about Occupational Hygiene and the Hierarchy of Control as it concerns health organisations and infection control
  • Be able to reflect on how useful the different elements of the Hierarchy of Control (such as e.g. engineering controls and PPE) can be in protecting staff at work during a pandemic
  • Value hearing the opinion of expert occupational medicine and occupational hygiene professionals regarding safe systems of work for healthcare workers in a pandemic, and also benefit from having access to the panel for any questions

Each panel member will be given 10 minutes to describe how best they see a health organisation putting a safe system of work in place to protect staff during a viral pandemic. This will include topics such as methods of segregation COVID-19 from non COVID-19 patients, engineering controls such as hospital ventilation systems and, staff health risk assessments and staff use of PPE.

There will then be 25 minutes of panel answers to audience questions submitted via Zoom on any topic relating to safe systems of work with the Chair, Lisa Curran, President of RSM, Occupational Medicine Section. And, we will conclude with a closing statement from the Chair and the panelists.


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Disclaimer: All views expressed in this webinar are of the speakers themselves and not of the RSM.


Special rates for difficult times. 

The RSM wishes to offer healthcare professionals continued learning opportunities during the coronavirus pandemic. The RSM’s COVID-19 online events are available free of charge, while there will be small charges to register for other online education. These fees will enable the RSM to continue its programme of activities and will apply during the course of the pandemic. 


Registration for this webinar will close 2 hours prior to the start time. You will receive the webinar link 2 hours before the meeting. Late registrations will not be accepted.

Key speakers

Dr Will Ponsonby

President of the Society of Occupational Medicine

Speaker's biography

Dr Ponsonby is the author of ‘No NHS staff member should die from work-acquired covid-19’ that was published on Health Service Journal in April 2020.

Dr Anne De Bono

President of the Faculty of Occupational Medicine

Professor John Cherrie

Principal Scientist, Institute of Occupational Medicine

Dr Lisa Curran

President of the Royal Society of Medicine, Occupational Medicine Section


View the programme

Welcome and introduction

Chair – Dr Lisa Curran, President Royal Society of Medicine, Occupational Medicine Section


Panellists’ introduce themselves and talk about their own area of experience as relates to occupational safety and creating a safe working environment for healthcare workers

Dr Anne De Bono, President of the Faculty of Occupational Medicine and Consultant Occupational Physician at University Hospitals of Leicester NHS Trust   

Dr Will Ponsonby, President of the Society of Occupational Medicine 

Professor John Cherrie, Principal Scientist at the Institute of Occupational Medicine, Emeritus Professor of Human Health, Heriot Watt University

Creating a safe working environment for healthcare workers during the COVID-19 pandemic

Professor John Cherrie

Question and panel discussion
Concluding remarks