How to make finding and implementing scientific evidence a core element of being an OSH expert

Finding and Implementing Scientific Evidence

10th – 12th of April 2019
National and University Library of Iceland, Reykjavik, Iceland


  • 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

About this course

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.

Price information

The price of the course consists of the course fee of EUR 500
and the day package of choice.

Day package I

This package includes:

  • conference facilities and technical equipment
  • course material
  • coffees, lunches
  • dinners and the social program on Tuesday.

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 (between people) and strive to create an inspiring possibility for that through the social program.

The total price of the course is EUR 950 (course fee EUR 500 + day package fee EUR 450).

EUR 450

Day package II

This package includes:

  • conference facilities and technical equipment
  • course material
  • coffees and lunches.

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

The total price of the course is EUR 700 (course fee EUR 500 + day package fee EUR 200).

EUR 200


26th – 28th of October 2020 at Hotel Hanaholmen, Espoo, Finland.

To book a room from the block kindly make the reservation directly to the hotel by email to using the booking code “NIVA” (available until 2.10.2020).

Single The room price for a single standard room is EUR 115/night (including breakfast, morning sauna and access to the pool) and the price for a double room EUR 134/night (including breakfast, morning sauna and access to the pool). room: 128 €/night (including breakfast).

The block reservation will be available until 2nd of October 2020.

EUR 115 – 134 / night

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

General course fee information

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.

Subject background

Expert advice is an important mechanism to improve occupational health and safety. In most countries in Europe, and many countries outside Europe, there is some kind of legal obligation to involve experts in solving occupational health and safety problems. Research has shown that the quality of expert advice in general greatly varies and often does not result in effective problem reduction (Sutherland and Burgman Nature 2015). It has been suggested that better understanding the limitations of experts’ advice and making better use of experts can greatly improve the quality of experts’ advice. Asking better questions and making better use of research that can answer these questions will also help to overcome the limitations of experts’ advice.

Course leader

Jani Ruotsalainen

Jani Ruotsalainen

Course lecturers

Charlotte Wåhlin

  • PhD, Associate professor, ergonomist, Occupational Medicine, Linköping University hospital, Region Östergötland & Linköping University, Sweden
Jan L. Hoving

Jan L. Hoving

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