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Supporting Research To Improve Workplace Safety

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Supporting Research To Improve Workplace Safety

Ministry of Labour

The province's Research Opportunities Program supports research projects that reduce workplace injuries, illnesses and fatalities in Ontario. This year, total funding of over $2.7 million will support 13 research, health and educational organizations in advancing occupational health and safety knowledge and research. The successful projects focus topics like vulnerable workers, high-hazard activities or occupational disease.

2014-15 Research Opportunities Program Projects

OrganizationProgram / Project Title & PriorityProgram SummaryApproved Budget

Cancer Care Ontario

Establishing an occupational disease surveillance system for Ontario

Priority: Occupational Disease

The aim of the research is to establish a surveillance system for occupational/industry risk factors for chronic diseases. 

$239,013.00

University of Ottawa

Defining age-specific heat exposure limits for workers 

Priority:Vulnerable Workers

The aim of the research is to develop age-relevant exposure limits for workers exposed to hot environments and/or hot processes. The proposed work will advance understandings of how age-related changes in heat stress response may affect the health and safety of Ontario's workers.

$225,000.00

McMaster University

Occupational injury among young workers: exploring the impact of psychosocial forces

Priority:Vulnerable Workers

The aim of the research is to identify and address the psychological and social forces that increase the risk of injury among young workers in Ontario.

$259,666.78

Carleton University

Occupational exposure to silica, diesel and gasoline engine emissions and incident kidney cancer in Canadian men

Priority:Occupational Disease

The aim of the research is to determine whether workplace exposure to silica, diesel and gasoline engine exhausts increase the risk of developing kidney cancer in Canadian men. 

$239,275.00

Institute for Work & Health

Addressing essential skills gaps among participants in an occupational health and safety  training program: a pilot study

Priority:Vulnerable Workers

The aim of the research is to develop, implement and evaluate a pilot training program designed to improve training for workers by enhancing their essential skills.

$220,600.00

Institute for Work & Health

Examining the impact of mandatory awareness training on worker occupational health and safety vulnerability in Ontario

Priority:Vulnerable Workers

The aim of the research is to evaluate the impacts of the province's mandatory awareness training program. The project will examine changes in four areas of the workplace that place workers at a higher risk of injury and illness since the introduction of the mandatory awareness training. These include hazards, awareness of occupational health and safety rights and responsibilities, workplace policies and procedures and empowerment to participate in injury prevention. Results will also be compared to those in British Columbia.    

$263,994.00

Laurentian University

Line of sight perceptions and reversing technologies to increase situational awareness in the construction industry

Priority:Highest Hazards

The aim of the research is to launch an industry wide survey of attitudes towards interactions between humans and equipment, knowledge of safe work practices for heavy equipment and pedestrians, workers' compliance with safety behaviour and knowledge of line of sight and safe working distances around heavy equipment.

$197,472.00

Toronto Rehabilitation Institute / University Health Network

Identifying risk factors for injury in community-basedPersonal Support Workersand potential interventions for injury prevention

Priority:Highest Hazards

The aim of the research is to develop and implement interventions to reduce the risk and rate of injuries amongst community-based Personal Support Workers.

$225,000.00

University of Toronto

Investigation of exposure to flame retardants among electronic waste recycling workers

Priority:Occupational Disease

The aim of the research is to investigate the impact of the inhalation and skin exposure of e-waste recycling workers to flame retardant chemicals. It will also examine the type of flame retardants that e-waste workers are exposed to and the levels at which they are exposed.

$225,000.00

Cancer Care Ontario

Lung cancer and chronic respiratory disease in the Ontario mining industry

Priority:Occupational Disease

The aim of the research is to study the relationship between employment in the Ontario mining industry and both lung cancer and chronic respiratory diseases.

$207,209.30

Cancer Care Ontario

Occupational exposure surveillance in the Ontario mining industry

Priority:Occupational Disease

The aim of the research is to study occupational exposure in three priority sectors of the Ontario mining industry.

$103,909.80

Laurentian University

Evaluating the impact of simulator training for improving mining health and safety outcomes

Priority:Highest Hazards

The aim of the research is to determine the benefits of introducing a Cybermine Equipment Simulator into the training of new and experienced underground machine operators as part of the Northern Centre for Advanced Technology's underground operator common core orientation and refresher courses. The research will also determine whether demographics like age, gender, previous training or work experience have any bearing on how trainees respond to simulator training, and how well the simulator training transfers to real-world performance on health and safety related measures.

$56,592.00

Institute for Work & Health

Employer investments in occupational health and safety: establishing benchmarks for Ontario

Priority:Highest Hazards

The aim of the research is to obtain detailed estimates of firm-level expenditures and investments in occupational health and safety for a representative sample of 350 employers in the province of Ontario. The investigation will replicate a groundbreaking study design pioneered by the International Social Security Association and the German Social Accident Insurance funds.

$250,000.00

Total Funding

$2,712,731.88

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