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The term “vulnerable workers” and the goal of “decreasing vulnerability” are often thrown about in the area of occupational health and safety, without a clear definition of what vulnerability means, or how one might understand if it is changing or not. This presentation will describe the development of a framework and associated measure to more objectively assess occupational health and safety vulnerability. It will provide demonstrations of the utility of using such a measure to understand priorities for primary prevention activities, and understand the mechanisms that make certain groups of workers more at risk of injury. It will also describe current projects that will use the measure to assess changes in vulnerability in the labour market in Ontario.
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Presenter: Dr. Peter Smith
Dr. Peter Smith is a senior scientist at the Institute for Work & Health in Toronto where he holds a Research Chair in Gender, Work and Health from the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR). He is also appointed as an associate professor in the Dalla Lana School of Public Health at the University of Toronto, and in the School of Population Health and Preventive Medicine at Monash University in Australia. He is a previous recipient of a New Investigator Award from CIHR (2008 to 2013) and a Discovery Early Researcher Award from the Australian Research Council (2012 to 2014).
Dr. Smith has extensive experience conducting research related to work injury and its consequences using large population-based surveys and administrative workers' compensation data. His key research interests include: gender and sex differences in the relationship between work and the risk of chronic disease and work injury; labour market inequalities and their health-related outcomes; the labour market experiences of newcomers, older workers, younger workers and other vulnerable labour force subgroups; chronic illnesses and work injury; and trends in working conditions over time.
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 (firstname.lastname@example.org).
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