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 illness 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

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

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

Recognizing and preventing work-related illness continues to present significant challenges, and requires different (and sometimes unique) approaches from those that target injuries – although, at the core, the elimination or reduction of hazardous exposures and the control of risks are fundamental.

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ILLNESSES

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EXPOSURES

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PREVENTION

Three Occupational Illness Webinar Series to Serve You

OCC-TOBER & BEYOND

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

OCC-COVID

An ongoing series of webinars that present the current COVID situation
and provide guidance and direction for dealing with it in our workplaces and public settings

OCC-DISEASE PREVENTION

An Annual Webinar Series providing the latest research and workplace knowledge to help those impacted now, and prevent such harm in the future

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.

Icon of a heart, lungs and virus representing a variety of illness types
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.

Icon of an exposure lens with a figure overlapping
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.

Icon of an upside down triangle depicting control methods
PREVENTION

Recognizing and preventing work-related disease continues to present significant challenges, and requires different (and sometimes unique) approaches from those that target injuries – although, at the core, the elimination or reduction of hazardous exposures and the control of risks are fundamental. Occupational diseases are frequently not recognized as being related to workplace exposures, particularly because, for many diseases, the exposure which contributed to their development occurred many years ago.

ONTARIO’S OCCUPATIONAL DISEASE ACTION PLAN (ODAP)

The current ODAP was developed in late 2016 to focus the Prevention System and other key Stakeholder energies and efforts on Occupational Disease prevention.
Updates to the Plan are in the works and will be posted here as soon as they become 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:

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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