Structuring and Delivering Workplace Medical Programs

Workplace overexposure to chemical hazards, and the resulting occupational diseases are not “things of the past”. In the United States, occupational diseases account for greater mortality than occupational injuries.  Occupational cancer is one of the leading causes of workplace fatalities and noise-induced hearing loss and work-related asthma continue to be significant occupational illnesses. To protect employees and manage risks, employers need to:

  • Understand when, where, and how employees are exposed to workplace health hazards.
  • Ensure compliance with regulatory and best practice requirements for health protection.
  • Ensure that proper and effective occupational medical programs are designed and implemented.


  • Regulatory and best practice requirements for establishing workplace medical programs
  • How to identify program needs and objectives
  • Making the business case for program development and implementation
  • Activities involved in program design, development, management and evaluation
  • Key inputs, processes, outputs and outcomes for workplace medical programs
  • The role of medical assessments in fitness for duty and protection of exposed workers
  • The role of community primary care resources in supporting the workplace program
  • Why health care providers should not be absenteeism managers
  • The place and purpose for medical file review and independent medical evaluations
  • Specific medical surveillance for common workplace chemical, physical and biological hazards
  • Specialty resources for diagnosis and treatment of occupational diseases
  • The fiduciary and non-fiduciary nature of relationships of health professionals to the employer and to employees
  • Functions that should and should not be performed by the employer’s health team


Public Price Per Attendee
$699.00 Early Bird (effective until 20 calendar days before course date)

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1 Day

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Also available for customized in-house presentations.


Dr. John Murphy

John is President of the REA companies in the United States, Canada and Barbados, Adjunct Professor of Occupational and Environmental Health at the University of Toronto School of Public Health, and an occupational hygiene, health and safety consultant and instructor for military and law enforcement organizations.  He holds four degrees: Bachelor of Science, Master of Business Administration, Master of Health Science in occupational hygiene, and Doctor of Philosophy degree in public health.  He is a Certified Industrial Hygienist and a Registered Occupational Hygienist.  His unique expertise and perspective on the course topic has been gained through work as an advisor on fentanyl risk assessment and protective measures with national police, border services, and transport regulatory agencies.  

Dr. Andrew Vellathottam

Dr. Andrew Vellathottam MD MScCH CCFP ACBOM is an occupational medical consultant with Resource Environmental Associates. He obtained the Doctor of Medicine degree from the University of Western Ontario, and the Master of Science in Community Health from the Dalla Lana School of Public Health, University of Toronto. He is certified by the College of Family Physicians of Canada and an Associate of the Canadian Board of Occupational Medicine.