Margaret Spence the Opening Keynote Speaker at the 2012 Ohio Safety & Health Congress

Margaret Spence's presentation Changing the Paradigm From Workers Comp Claimant to Valued Employee will challenge the 5000 attendees of the Safety Congress to focus on injured employees ability while advocating the return to work process.
By: Peggie Campbell
Margaret Spence
Margaret Spence
March 4, 2012 - PRLog -- Keynote speaker Margaret Spence will kick off the 2012 Ohio Safety & Health Congress – Well at Home. Safe at Work Conference in Columbus, Ohio on March 28th, 2012.

Her presentation, Changing the Paradigm From Workers Comp Claimant to Valued Employee will challenge stakeholders in the workers compensation and safety arena to view injured workers post-accident ability not disability, while advocating for return to work or stay at work programs. Her presentation will answer the age old question asked by all stakeholders managing workers compensation injuries - Can injured employees return to work successfully?

Margaret says, “The answer is yes, done right return to work programs benefit the employee and the employer. The reality for stakeholders, everyone is not sold on this argument, employers are balancing the economic benefits of transitional duty programs against the argument that these programs are ineffective. There are those who question why we need a “special” program to help injured employees return to work. The challenge for stakeholders, how do we continue to champion the return to work cause?”

To change the paradigm we must also be willing to answer three fundamental questions:

•   Does the employees’ value proposition change after they have an injury?
•   Can we see the employees’ ability to do the job or are we stuck on the list of inabilities assigned by their doctor?
•   Do we have the vision to create and maintain a proactive road map that facilitates injured employees returning to work as productive members of our team?

The Ohio Safety Congress & Expo (OSC12) is the largest and longest-running occupational safety, health and workers’ compensation event in the Midwest. More than 5,000 business representatives will gather from March 27 to 29 at the Greater Columbus Convention Center for dynamic keynote speakers, a variety of educational sessions and displays of occupational safety and health products.

The theme of this year’s program, “Well at Home, Safe at Work.”  the Conference goals to:
•   Improve worker health and productivity;
•   Prevent work force injuries and illnesses;
•   Reduce workers’ compensation costs;
•   Identify solutions for hazardous situations; and
•   Provide cost-effective, multidisciplinary training and professional development.

About Margaret Spence:

Margaret Spence is the President/CEO of Douglas Claims & Risk Consultants, Inc. and The core foundation of her company is a commitment to helping employers implement proactive workers compensation and integrated disability management policies, that retains or returns ill, injured and disabled employees to the workforce. Margaret is an expert at showing companies how to navigate the often complex workers compensation system and create polices that link HR best practices with prudent injury management strategies.

Margaret is the author of, From Workers Comp Claimant to Valued Employee, published in 2008 and her new book, The HR Managers Survival Guide to Workers Compensation Injury Management will be published this spring. She has written extensively for many business publications on return to work implementation, worksite wellness, post-disability inclusion and she is a national speaker on workers compensation and mentoring women to entrepreneurial leadership. Her blog the was awarded the 2010 - Top 25 Workers Compensation Blog by LexisNexis.

Margaret was a three year member of SHRM’s Special Expertise Panel on Employee Health, Safety & Security and she is the two term VP of Professional Development for the Greater Miami SHRM Chapter. To learn more about Margaret Spence or to book her to speak at your event - Visit her website:

About Ohio Safety Congress & Expo:

Since 1927, BWC has provided a forum for Ohio businesses to increase their knowledge and discover products and services that can keep their workers safe and healthy. This year, the 2012 Ohio Safety Congress & Expo (OSC12) will continue that tradition by helping you foster a culture of safe and healthy behaviors both on and off the job -

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Margaret Spence is the President/CEO of Douglas Claims & Risk Consultants, Inc., and Margaret is the author of, From Workers Comp Claimant to Valued Employee. Her blog was voted top 25 Workers Comp Blog in 2010 - Visit her website for more information or to bring her to speak for your organization -
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