Researching Workplace Hazards
Worker Resources for Healthy Workplaces
The Canadian Centre for Occupational Health & Safety (CCOHS) is a non-profit health and safety information centre with online databases of hazards and other information. The also offer online courses and materials for safer workplaces.
CCOHS For Young Workers has specific information for young workers.
Alberta Occupational Health and Safety is the Alberta Government department responsible for workplace health and safety. It has many resources for workers including fact sheets, bulletins, best practice guidelines, links to legislation and more.
The Institute for Work & Health (IWH) is an independent, not-for-profit research organization. The Institute has been described as one of the top five occupational health and safety research centres in the world.
The SafetyNet Centre for Occupational Health and Safety Research is a community alliance for multidisciplinary research, knowledge exchange and education in occupational health and safety (OHS), based at Memorial University.
Health and Safety Committee / Health and Safety Representative resources:
As of June 1, 2018, Alberta worksites* with 20 or more workers requires a Health and Safety Committee (HSC) made up of representatives of both Workers and Employers. Worksites with 5-19 workers requires a Health and Safe Representative (HS Rep).
HSC co-chairs and HS Reps are required to have training. Part of this training is available to all Alberta workers through a partnership with CCOHS, in the form of a free online course.
*on jobs lasting longer than 90 days
HAZMAP: a database of potential occupational illnesses and their physical consequences. Searchable by Hazardous Agents by Types of Diseases and Occupation, by Adverse Effects
Occupational Cancer Research Centre (OCRC) is a research centre focused on the causes and prevention of occupation-related cancers. The OCRC will work to fill the gaps in our knowledge of occupation-related cancers and use these findings to inform preventive programs to control workplace carcinogenic (cancer-causing) exposures and improve the health of workers.
OHCOW (Occupational Health Clinics for Ontario Workers) is an Ontario organization that has tools and resources for workers, including specific tools for ergonomics.
ChemHAT (Chemical Hazard and Alternatives Toolbox) is an internet database designed to offer up easy to use information that we can use to protect ourselves, our families and our co-workers against the harm that chemicals can cause.
Do-it-yourself Hazard Research
Use Digital Mapping Programs to gather and share health information, such as identifying Toxic Hot Spots.
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