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Data on patterns and trends of occupational disease is essential for driving effective prevention efforts. Unfortunately, these trends are poorly captured in workers’ compensation statistics and the lack of information on occupation and industry in administrative health data has precluded their use for surveillance. The Occupational Disease Surveillance System (ODSS) was created to overcome these challenges by linking occupational data from the Workplace Safety and Insurance Board (WSIB) on over 2 million people with tumour registry, hospital, and out-patient physician visit data. Results from the ODSS for a variety of cancers and other diseases will be presented to illustrate their value for prevention. The complexity of interpreting the results, particularly for multi-factorial diseases will also be discussed.
Presenter: Dr. Paul Demers
Paul Demers is the Director of the Occupational Cancer Research Centre, based at Cancer Care Ontario and funded by the Canadian Cancer Society, the Ontario Ministry of Labour, and through grants from a variety of federal and provincial agencies. He is a Professor with the University of Toronto and a Clinical Professor with the University of British Columbia. He has a PhD in epidemiology and Master’s degree in occupational hygiene and his research has focused primarily on occupational and environmental cancer.
The Occupational and Environmental Health Seminar Series is a self-approved group learning activity (Section 1) as defined by the Maintenance of Certification program of The Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada. The series is also approved by Council of Professional Experience for professional development hours (PDHs) for members of the Canadian Institute of Public Health Inspectors (CIPHI), and by the Canadian Registration Board of Occupational Hygienists (CRBOH) for Registration Maintenance (RM) points. For more information, please contact Elaina MacIntyre (email@example.com).
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