OCCUPATIONAL
ILLNESS

An occupational illness is a health condition or disorder that is caused by the work environment or related activities. They can be disruptive, disabling and sometimes fatal. Examples range from hearing loss to asthma, infections and some cancers. We encourage you to explore the many topics below as well as the services and resources we offer related to each.

A CHALLENGING and COMPLEX PROBLEM

Occupational Disease and its prevention requires engagement and action at all levels of the Prevention System and beyond – from communities, families, workers, managers, safety reps, owners, safety professionals, health care providers and regulators.

Key topics under Occupational Disease include the following:

ILLNESSES

From cancers to heart disease to respiratory issues, illness of many types can be related to our work. It is important to know the hazards of your job, and take whatever precautions are required to work safely and stay healthy on the job.

EXPOSURES

Exposure to asbestos, allergens and irritants, diesel exhausts, noise, heat/cold,  and silica can all cause adverse health effects if not controlled properly. It is important to know exactly what you are exposed to in your work and what the potential outcomes of those exposures are.

PREVENTION

Prevention of occupational illness and disease is …

DIAGNOSIS / CLINICAL

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CLUSTER PROJECTS

Cluster projects are clinical investigations into recurring illnesses / diseases that occur at specific workplaces. OHCOW has taken part in several of these cluster project investigations over the years. We present current status reports and study findings on these pages.

NEW / EMERGING ISSUES

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ONTARIO’S OCCUPATIONAL DISEASE ACTION PLAN (ODAP)

The ODAP was developed in late 2016 to focus the Prevention System and other key Stakeholder energies and efforts on Occupational Disease prevention.

OCC-TOBER & BEYOND
The Path Forward

An Annual Webinar Series Sharing Information on Occupational Health and Illness/Disease Prevention

Kicking off on October 29, 2021 and running throughout November (Lung Month)

Fridays from 1:00 to 3:00 pm

This year’s themes include:

October 29

Framing the Future

November 5
(Kicking Off Lung Month)

Examining Change

November 12

Research and Data

November 19

Workplace Tools and Knowledge Mobilization

November 26

Continued Collaboration

Note:  All sessions are FREE, but registration is required for access and reporting purposes.

COVID-19

COVID-19 is not showing any signs of letting up soon. As long as it is amongst us, we will continue to provide you with the latest information available. In our COVID section you will find a number of recorded webinars; fact sheets; position papers; recommendations and tools to assist workers and workplaces in navigating the unique challenges that COVID-19 presents. Don’t forget to check back regularly, we will continue to update our resources as new research and updated work-related information becomes available.

OCCUPATIONAL DISEASE CLUSTER INVESTIGATIONS

Occupational Disease Cluster Investigations (ODCI) are opened at the request of individuals, worker organizations, and/or community groups who suspect that health conditions that a group of workers have in common were caused by exposure in their shared workplace or industry. LEARN MORE >

The following ODCI are currently on-going:

PREVENT OCCUPATIONAL DISEASE

A portal of resources built and maintained by OHCOW and CCOHS.

PREVENTION
TODAY

HEALTH
TOMORROW

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OHCOW SERVICES

OHCOW offers a variety of services that you or your workplace can utilize
in dealing with work-related injuries or illnesses.

From an information/inquiry service to medical diagnostic services, and education and outreach programs
to group services and research services we are here to help in any way we can.

We also offer advocate, health professional, self, and joint health and safety representative and committee referrals.

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IN YOUR WORDS

I was treated like a human being and not like a statistic by all levels of staff – from administration to the nurse to the doctor. Thank you so very much for your support.

Anonymous

Despite my lack of language proficiency, your office made the necessary effort to understand me and made me comfortable to express my issues at ease.

Anonymous

I received professional service. the staff is very friendly and considerate. They talked in a way I understood even though my English is very limited.

Anonymous