Adults spend at least a third of their waking hours at
work. So it is not surprising that work can lead to an array of health
impacts: traumatic injuries, repetitive motion joint and tendon injuries,
asthma, and stress-related mental health problems. Recent evidence also
indicates that chronic diseases predominantly affecting post-retirement
life, such as cancer, heart disease, obstructive lung disease, Parkinson’s,
Alzheimer’s, and arthritis may be related to work.
CHER’s research addresses these issues
along a continuum from identifying diseases and their proximate risk factors
to devising means of mitigating exposure and preventing future disease.
|Acoustics and Noise Research Group
||The Group's objective is to optimize acoustical environments to the benefit of the health, safety, education, well-being and comfort of people. This involves Ecological and Engineering Acoustics Research. The objective is being achieved by the theoretical and experimental study of sound and its effects, and by the development of prediction tools, measurment techniques, control measures and strategies.
||Research group's website
|Asthma Job Exposure Matrix
||This website is maintained to provide access to a scientific tool
designed for epidemiologists who want to estimate occupational risks
for asthma in general population studies. The tool is a job exposure
matrix, with an embedded semi-expert re-evaluation tool.
||Back injuries are among the most common workplace injuries,
but their causes and the best means of preventing them are
not well understood. The purpose of the Back Study is to investigate
back injuries and risk factors for back injuries in five heavy industries
in British Columbia. The ultimate goal is to develop strategies to
prevent back injuries.
|CAREX Canada: The Information System on Occupational
Exposure to Carcinogens
||The objective of the CAREX Canada project is to develop estimates
of the numbers of workers occupationally exposed to British Columbia's
most common workplace carcinogens.
|Heart Disease in Firefighters
||The goal of this research study is to understand
the risk of heart disease associated with working as a professional
|Heart Disease in Paramedics
||The goal of this research study is to understand the risk of heart
disease associated with working as a professional paramedic.
|Lung Health Study
||The UBC Lung Health Study aims to learn about whether changes that
occur in the lungs early in a person’s working life, in response
to irritants or allergens at work, predict the development of chronic
breathing problems later on.
|Tree Planter Health Study
||The Tree planter Health Study is investigating occupational exposure
of tree planters to chemicals in their workplace, notably fertilizers
|Workplace Noise Control
||This study aims to identify factors influencing
the use of engineered noise controls (ENCs) in workplaces. The ultimate
goal is to develop strategies to prevent hearing loss.
|UBC Sawmill Study
||The goal of this study is to investigate whether
chemicals, dusts, and other potential exposures in the sawmills cause
work-related illnesses and injuries.