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. They 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.

Canadian Standards Association (CSA) conducts standards research, development, education, and advocacy. Some CSA Occupational Health and Safety Standards are referenced in legislation and/or have been implemented by organizations (such as the CSA Standard for Psychological Health and Safety in the Workplace). There is a cost to some of their materials, but their OHS Standards Support Tools are available free of charge.

The Canadian Mental Health Association (CMHA) is a national organization focused on mental health. They have some specific materials and resources for Workplace Mental Health.


Occupational Hazards

HAZ-MAP: 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.

CAREX Canada (CARcinogen EXposure) provides a body of knowledge about Canadians’ exposure to known and suspected carcinogens.


Worker Experiences

Worker Stories: Our own collection of stories from workers facing health and safety hazards and concerns.

Alberta Labour History Institute (ALHI): ALHI collects, preserves, and disseminates the stories of Alberta’s working people and their organizations. Their website includes full transcripts, podcasts, and profiles of their interviewees. It also includes videos, booklets, themed essays, annual calendars, and a link to a book created by ALHI. Check out their collection of interviews focused on Occupational Health and Safety in Alberta.


Search for Legal Information

Search the Canadian Legal Information Institute’s databases (CANLII) for legal decisions of interest to you, including those involving Occupational Health and Safety.

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