TIC Council - DEKRA Occupational Health and Safety Webinar Series

In light of the Official Campaign Partners of EU-OSHA ‘Healthy Workplaces Lighten the Load 2020-2022’, TIC Council and DEKRA are organizing a joint webinar series comprised of three webinars.

Work-related musculoskeletal disorders in times of COVID

TIC Council - DEKRA occupational health and safety webinar series

13.04.2021, 3:00-4:00pm CET

The main objective of this first webinar of the series, featuring Siemens, is to draw attention to the health risks posed by work-related musculoskeletal disorders (MSDs) and the wider-reaching impacts on businesses, economies and society in the context of the COVID pandemic and within the framework of the EU-OSHA campaign. This prevalent issue which can result in disability, sick leave and early retirement, has only been aggravated by the pandemic and is thus highly topical.

Specifically, the panel will analyse the following topics:

  • The health risks posed by work-related musculoskeletal disorders (MSDs);
  • The wider-reaching impacts of MSDs on businesses, economies and society in the context of the COVID pandemic;
  • Challenges faced, best practices and possible solutions to prevent work-related MSDs;
  • The interconnection between ergonomics, performance and employee engagement.

TIC Council Virtual Panel

Agenda outline:

  • 15:00 - 15:05 pm CET Welcome address and introductions
  • 15:05 - 15:15 pm CET Remarks from Christa Sedlatschek
  • 15:15 - 15:30 pm CET Remarks from Ralf Franke
  • 15:30 - 15:45 pm CET Remarks from Sebastian Bartels
  • 15:45 – 16:00 pm CET Q&A

Flow of the Webinar and Panelists

EU-OSHA, Christa Sedlatschek, Executive Director

The keynote speaker will provide the context for the webinar series, sharing background information on EU-OSHA and more concretely, the ‘2020-2022 Healthy Workplaces Campaign’ and the role of official campaign partners.

Dr Christa Sedlatschek is Director of the European Agency for Safety and Health at Work, and a medical doctor and a specialist in occupational health. She has a particular interest in Musculoskeletal disorders (MSDs) which remains the most common work related health problem in Europe.

She began her career working in the Austrian Labour Inspectorate and moved to the Ministry for Labour and Social Affairs in 1993 as Deputy Head of the Department for Occupational Medicine. In 1998 she was recruited by EU-OSHA where she focused on the development and dissemination of good practice information, becoming the head of the working environment unit.

During that time she gained an in-depth knowledge about the EU and existing occupational safety and health (OSH) systems in the Member States.

She later served at the Federal Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (Bundesanstalt für Arbeitsschutz und Arbeitsmedizin - BAuA), where she became Director of the national “Initiative New Quality of Work - INQA” in 2004 before adopting her current position in September 2011.

EU-OSHA, Christa Sedlatschek, Executive Director

Siemens, Ralf Franke, Global EHS/HSE Head

The speaker will offer the perspective of a leading global organisation on how increased Home Office can physically impact upon employees. The speaker will share challenges faced concerning workers’ physical wellbeing, best practices as to how these have been overcome, and ergonomics recommendations to prevent and reduce the impact of MSDs within the context of the pandemic.

Dr. Ralf Franke performs the functions of Corporate Vice President and Corporate Medical Director and Head of HR EHS – Environmental Protection, Health Management and Safety at Siemens AG. He is also a qualified General Practitioner, Occupational Physician and Specialist for Occupational Safety.

Dr. Ralf Franke was a professional soldier and had officer training at the German Federal Armed Forces from 1983 to 1999.

He studied Medicine at the University Mainz and had his training at the German Federal Armed Forces Hospital in Ulm. He completed his doctorate in 1992, finished his specialist training for general medicine in 1996 and for occupational medicine in 2000. Since 2009 he specialised in occupational safety. Previously Dr. Franke also worked in executive positions in occupational health management and occupational safety with MTU Aero Engines GmbH and Daimler AG before joining Siemens AG in 2009.

Dr. Ralf Franke

DEKRA, Sebastian Bartels, Senior Vice President, Head of Business Line HSE & Sustainability

The speaker will present important findings and messages for leadership teams and HSE managers, which will clarify the interconnection between ergonomics, performance and employee engagement and will give ideas on how ergonomics can be a powerful factor to proactively increase the perceived corporate culture. Results from a representative survey that DEKRA recently carried out will also be included in the contribution.

Sebastian Bartels serves as SVP and Head of the global Business Line HSE & Sustainability at DEKRA. He is an experienced business leader, change manager, innovator, expert and consultant, who helps organizations to achieve their business, culture and HSE related goals.

Previously he has worked in several leading positions within the DEKRA Group and was Head of Quality and Safety Strategy at a global leading Mobility & Logistics corporation with over 300,000 employees.

Sebastian was member of the ISO 9001 and ISO 45001 standardization bodies and Chairman of the Technical Commission Health & Safety at the Confédération Européenne des Organismes de Contrôle (CEOC).

He represents the DEKRA vision and mission to be the global partner for safety at work internationally towards organizations, industries, authorities, and other external stakeholders.

Sebastian Bartels
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