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Tracking Occupational Diseases: An Analysis of Approaches for the Canadian Context

Across Canada, compensation boards, employers, unions, and health policy makers are increasingly preoccupied by occupational disease as a fiscal, administrative and planning challenge. One crucial gap is a system for tracking, recording, and analyzing the incidence of key occupational diseases at the provincial and multi-provincial levels

Because of factors related to the diverse nature of Canada, in its geography, industry, and approaches to workers’ compensation systems and workplace health and safety legislation, the country faces unique challenges in monitoring occupational disease. This project set out to assess the effectiveness of exposure registries in tracking occupational exposure and illness

The study was aimed at assessing prevailing approaches to disease surveillance, including but not limited to registries, and evaluating the appropriateness of each for a set of key occupational diseases both for specific provinces and at the national level

Principal Applicant: Stephen Bornstein (Memorial University of Newfoundland)
Co-applicants: Paul Demers (Cancer Care Ontario); Elizabeth Dicks (Memorial University); Kimberly Dunphy (Government of Newfoundland &Labrador); Andrew King (McMaster); George Fox (Eastern Health); Mieke Koehoorn, Chris McLeod (UBC); Tim Takaro (SFU)
Funding Awarded: $49,321 (Innovation)

In partnership with the WCB of Nova Scotia and Alberta Human Services

Competition Year: 2011 File type: PDF (5 MB) Asset type: Research Research: RS2011-IG37