Finding and Implementing Scientific Evidence – a core element in OSH expertise

As occupational health and safety professionals we are all advising employers, employees and policy makers. Research shows that the quality of expert advice widely varies. In this course participants will learn how they can improve the quality of their advice by reformulating clients’ questions into better answerable questions, understanding the limitations in answering these questions and using research, especially systematic reviews to answer these questions.

Course objectives

  • Understand the limitations of expert advice
  • Formulate answerable questions
  • Understand the objectives and results of systematic reviews
  • Apply results from systematic reviews to a practical workplace problem

Target group

  • occupational health physicians
  • occupational health nurses
  • occupational safety experts
  • occupational hygienists
  • occupational psychologists
  • occupational physiotherapists
  • and other experts interested in the field of health and safety at work

Course outline

The course will consist of lectures, and small group work. The participants will get problems from actual OH practice (or they can bring their own) where they would like to improve the quality of their expert advice. These problems will be the red thread throughout the course and will result in a presentation of what the participant has learned at the end of the course.


Main topics

  • Expert advice
  • Answerable questions
  • Systematic reviews
  • Translating research to practice

Registration deadline

March 7th 2019




The price of the course consists of two parts:

1) The course fee of EUR 500 and

2) One of the following:

  • The day package I fee of EUR 440
  • The day package II fee of EUR 110
  • Day package

    Day package I

    The day package I price is 440 EUR/person. This price includes conference facilities and technical equipment, coffees, lunches, dinners and the social program.

    The total price of the course is EUR 940 (course fee EUR 500 + day package fee EUR 440).

    We strongly encourage you to take part in the social program, as this is a vital part of the NIVA course experience. We believe in the power of networking and strive to create an inspiring possibility for that through the social program.

    Day package II

    The day package II price is 110 EUR/person. This price includes conference facilities and technical equipment, coffees and lunches.

    The total price of the course is EUR 610 (course fee EUR 500 + day package fee EUR 110).

    Kindly note that the day package II does not include dinners nor the social program.

  • Accommodation

    NIVA has made a block reservation for the accommodation 9th – 12th of April 2019 at Radisson Blu Saga Hotel, Reykjavik, Iceland. To book a room from the block kindly make the reservation by emailing the hotel directly at  Please use the code 190401NIVA when booking the room (available until 1.3.2019).

    The room price for a single standard room is EUR 195/night (including breakfast) and EUR 220/night for double standard room (including breakfast).

    The block reservation will be available until the 3rd of March 2019.

  • Payment info

    Cancellations received by March 3rd 2019: full refund

    Cancellations received after March 3rd 2019: no refund

    The total price of the course will be invoiced after the registration deadline.

    The price is subject to minor changes.

Contact person

Course Leader
Jani Ruotsalainen
Managing Editor
Cochrane Work Review Group

In practical matters, please contact:

Project Manager
Morten Jakobsen
mobile: +358 40 126 3336

Course venue


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Course Leader


Charlotte Wåhlin
Jan L. Hoving
Stefano Mattioli

General information

Course fee and payment The courses and workshops vary in price. Please note that the course fee does not cover meals or accommodation. The course fee and day-package fee are invoiced after the registration deadline. Travel arrangements Please refrain from booking any tickets until we have confirmed the course. The confirmation, which will be sent after the registration deadline, will include detailed information on the payment of the course fee and day-packages, as well as information on accommodation options and practical arrangements. Please note that you are not insured by NIVA. Accommodation For more information about accommodation options, please see the…

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