Research in Progress
Knowledge Translation

Knowledge translation is a process by which relevant research information is made available and accessible for practice, planning, and policy-making through interactive engagement with audiences. CHER aims to bring its research findings to the scientific community, to policy makers, to participants and the general public through the use of relevant and effective media. Effective knowledge translation is necessary if key messages from research are to change and improve policy and practice.

Knowledge translation is ideally a two way process that hones research to the needs of the community and brings research results to the people that need it to improve human health. Knowledge translation can make research work by:

  • informing workers or communities of changes in bahaviour that research has shown will reduce the potential for ill health.
  • informing decision makers who can direct policy based on evidence from research.

Information about our knowledge translation research can be found below. CHER also supports researchers engaging in practical knowledge translation activities. Learn more about how we put knowledge translation into practice.

Current Research

Research Project Description More information
Talking about COPD The objective of this study is to look at how men and women who have chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) learn about and understand their condition. We will be conducting group and individual interviews with people who have COPD across British Columbia. Project website
UBC Metalworking Fluids study The purpose of this study is to learn more about how occupational health knowledge is transferred and exchanged between scientists who study metalworking fluids, and workers and front line managers who use these substances in the course of their work. Project website

Past Research

Communicating the hazards of workplace exposures: a review of Toluene Diisocyanate and Lead

Principal Investigators: Drs. Anne-Marie Nicol and Paul Demers

Material Safety Data Sheets (MSDS) are a key component of the Workplace Hazardous Materials Information System (WHMIS) in Canada. This project aims to determine if MSDSs for Toluene Diisocyanate (TDI) and Lead disclose hazard information adequately, and to evaluate the readability of hazard information provided on MSDSs.

Download a presentation outlining this study (PDF file, 78KB)


Neighbourhood health risks from oil refinery air emissions: findings and lessons learned about community risk communication

Principal Investigator: Susan Kennedy

This study into oil refinery air emissions was carried out in response to concerns of those living close to the refinery. The study benefited from the input of stakeholders including representatives of: government, public sector, community groups and Chevron Canada.

A number of risk communication lessons were learned and these are detailed here. (PDF 2,872 KB)

View the project website here


Leaflet used to collect community opinions


Project to Help SMEs Use More Sustainable Supply Chains

Principal Investigator: Hadi Dowlatabadi

We are launching a program to disseminate to VanCity customers information about “sustainable suppliers” they use. The key finding will be empirical data on the upper bound of changes in consumer behaviour after filling a known information gap.

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