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Browse Sanford OccMed’s available webinars to learn more about OccMed, the services we provide and how we can advance the health of your business. Watch past webinars or register for upcoming ones to get the latest information. 

Upcoming Webinars   

Cold Injury Awareness

When: Wednesday, Nov. 30, 2022, at 10 a.m. CST
Presenter: David Saxon, MD

Keep your workers safe in the coming winter months by learning about the dangers of frostbite and hypothermia in the workplace. Dr. Saxon will provide tips on recognizing, preventing and providing first-aid treatments for cold injuries.

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Introduction to Reasonable Suspicion Process in the Workplace

When: Wednesday, Dec. 21, 2022, at 10 a.m. CST
Presenter: Joel Blanchard, MD

Dr. Blanchard will review the importance of knowing how to handle situations at work where drug or alcohol use is suspected. He will stress the importance of assessing impairment with Marijuana use. Stephannie Knutson, Sanford OccMed's expert on reasonable suspicion training will outline the steps required to have a usable plan to assess unusual behavior at the worksite. This will allow supervisors to follow the employer's drug testing policy.

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Previous Webinars

Drug Testing Update: Electronic Chains of Custody and New Drug Testing Panels 

When: Wednesday, October 19, 2022, at 10 a.m. CST

The drug testing world is changing. Drugs currently being abused have changed over the last several years. Dr. Blanchard will review updated suggestions for drug testing panels. Many companies are using drug panels created 10 years ago that may not reflect current drugs being used and these new panels will provide for better monitoring of drug use at your workplace and create a safer work site. Dr. Blanchard will discuss the availability of electronic chains of custody for collection only procedures to decrease errors at the collection sites and provide faster turnaround of results to companies.

DOT Medical Clearance Examination Update 

When: Wednesday, September 28, 2022, at 10 a.m. CST

The DOT examination is an important part of improving safety on our highways. Helping drivers successfully complete this examination is crucial to addressing the current supply chain issues.

In this webinar, Dr. Blanchard reviews the updates to the DOT medical examination and provides information to motor carriers and commercial vehicle drivers to keep everyone informed about ever-changing regulations. Watch the presentation to help drivers better prepare for the DOT examination and successfully get a certification.

Sleep Deprivation: A Safety Issue

When: Wednesday, August 24, 2022, at 10 a.m. CST

Wellness is an integral part of safety at the workplace. Sleep is one of the most crucial wellness components. Dr. Blanchard will review the effects of sleep deprivation on workplace safety. He will recommend actions an employer can take to lessen sleep deprivation and its adverse effects on the workplace.

Workplace Violence: The New Epidemic

When: Wednesday, July 20, 2022

Workplace violence is unfortunately very common. Dr. Blanchard will discuss the prevalence of workplace violence, high-risk workplaces and best practices to prevent violence in the workplace.

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OSHA Surveillance Examinations

When: Wednesday, June 22, 2022

The pandemic has interrupted many OSHA surveillance exams. As the risk of COVID-19 lessens, all the OSHA surveillance exams are back in the forefront. Dr. Blanchard will discuss the various OSHA surveillance standards so your company can remain compliant with the regulations.

Heat-Related Injuries

When: Wednesday, May 18, 2022

Join Dr. Saxon for a presentation on the dangers of dehydration when working in the summer heat. He’ll provide tips for preventing, recognizing and treating heat-related injuries, including heat exhaustion and heatstroke.

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Drug Testing in the Workplace: Process and Program Simplified

When: Wednesday, April 20, 2022

The drug testing process is complex. During this session, Dr. Blanchard will give an overview of the drug testing process, including collection, lab analysis and MRO review. He will discuss the strict regulatory environment and provide guidance for employers to ensure company programs are appropriate. He will review drug testing panel options available to screen for the most common drugs and how to accommodate the marijuana legalization trends.

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Cold Injury Awareness

When: Wednesday, March 23, 2022

Dr. Saxon will present information on frostbite and cold-related injuries. He will review preventive measures and initial first aid measures.

COVID-19 Update: The Omicron Variant, Boosters and Updated RTW Guidelines

When: Wednesday, February 9, 2022

In the never-ending world of change regarding COVID-19, join Dr. Blanchard as he provides an update on the omicron variant, the updated return-to-work guidance from the CDC and what employers can do to improve safety at the worksite with the Supreme Court blockage of the OSHA ETS.

Webinar Archive

2021 Webinars

OSHA COVID-19 Emergency Temporary Standard (ETS) 

When: Wednesday, November 17, 2021 

OSHA has released the anticipated Emergency Temporary Standard to deal with the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic surge. Dr. Blanchard will review the details of this new standard and what it means for employers. He will outline how Sanford OccMed can help employers meet this new standard and protect employees from COVID-19.

OSHA COVID-19 Emergency Temporary Standard (ETS) 

When: Wednesday, October 20, 2021 

OSHA is releasing a Emergency Temporary Standard to deal with the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic surge. Dr. Blanchard will review the details of this new standard and what it means for employers. He will guide employers on the best way to meet this new standard and protect employees from COVID-19. 

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The Ongoing COVID-19 Battle: COVID-19 Case Surge, Vaccines and Variants

When: Wednesday, September 22, 2021 

Our battle with COVID-19 is ever-changing. Dr. Blanchard will review the vaccine, the new variants and how to make sense of the abundance of information. Dr. Blanchard will also review the updated OSHA guidelines to help protect our employees.

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The Coming Double Threat: Influenza and COVID-19

When: Wednesday, August 25, 2021 

Flu season is approaching and COVID-19 is still prevalent in communities. Dr. Saxon will review evidence about contracting influenza and COVID-19 at the same time and will explain why vaccines are essential for this upcoming flu season.

Protecting your employee's hearing and the OSHA Hearing conservation program

When: Tuesday, June 22, 2021

One of the most common causes of an OSHA citation is company violation of the Hearing Conservation Program. Dr. Blanchard will discuss how to protect your employee's hearing and avoid an OSHA Hearing Conservation Program violation.

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DOT Update for Drivers and Motor Carriers

When: Wednesday, May 26, 2021

Dr. Saxon will review changes and updates to the DOT medical examination. He will discuss how this affects drivers and motor carriers and give suggestions on how to make the process more efficient.

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Marijuana Legalization Impacts on Drug Testing Programs

When: Tuesday, April 20, 2021

The northern plain states will all have legalized marijuana by this summer. This has a large impact on company drug testing policies and drug testing programs. Dr. Blanchard will review ways to navigate the conflicting federal and state laws to avoid discrimination, yet provide a safe workplace.

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COVID-19 Vaccine Updates; Tips for Company Involvement in Employee Education

When: Wednesday, March 17, 2021

The COVID-19 Vaccines have been approved three months now. Dr. Blanchard will discuss what new vaccines are available, and what they add to our fight against the pandemic. He will discuss how you as an employer can help promote vaccination for your employees to help maintain a healthy workforce.

Setting Up an Ergonomic Workspace at Home

When: Wednesday, February 17, 2021

As the COVID-19 pandemic continues, new challenges arise as workers are sent home to work. Employers and employees alike were not prepared for the transition and lack sufficient means to resolve injuries due to poor workstation setup. Grant Judah, PT will review workstation issues and the injuries they cause for your at-home workforce and address interventions and tools to minimize the negative effects.

Learn how to set up an ergonomic workstation at home.

The Arrival of the COVID-19 Vaccine

When: Wednesday, January 20, 2021

Now that COVID-19 vaccines have been released for use, you may have many questions. Dr. Blanchard will review the role the COVID-19 vaccine plays to end the pandemic. He will discuss the safety and effectiveness of the vaccine, as well as review how these vaccines have become available so quickly. He will review the roll-out of the vaccine and answer questions.

2020 Webinars

COVID-19 During Flu Season - What's Next?

When: August 19, 2020

As the COVID-19 pandemic continues, new challenges arise with the upcoming flu season. Joel Blanchard, MD will review these two viral respiratory illnesses and discuss how they will impact the workplace. He will share strategies to help minimize the impact on our business worksites.

Bouncing Forward after COVID-19

When: June 24, 2020

COVID-19 has disrupted our lives and businesses. Dr. Jeffrey Leichter and Dr. Craig Uthe from Sanford Health's Behavioral Health Integration team will discuss how we can look after ourselves as business leaders, so we can help model a bounce back from the disruption for our employees as well as ourselves. Dr. Joel Blanchard will moderate the question and answer session following the presentation.

Reopening During the COVID-19 Pandemic Webinar

When: Wednesday, May 6, 2020

As businesses begin reopening in our communities, protecting workers from COVID-19 will be essential. Joel Blanchard, MD, an occupational medicine specialist, explains what you can do to reduce the risk of COVID-19 for your workforce. Dr. Blanchard also discusses the role testing will play as you plan for the future.

Downloadable Documents from the Webinar: 

COVID-19 Pandemic Webinar

Listen to information on COVID-19 and its effect on companies. We cover federal regulations and information on what companies can do to help the strain on medical facilities. We provide information on how to direct sick employees, information on prevention techniques, and guidelines on when employees can return to work if they are ill.

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