Shiftwork Interventions Symposium

Interventions mitigating health risks of shift work: Current knowledge and workplace practices

On November 6, 2012, the Occupational Cancer Research Centre (OCRC) and the Institute for Work & Health (IWH) held a symposium about workplace practices to mitigate the health effects of shift work. The goal of this symposium was to extend previous discussions of injuries and illness related to shift work, to promising interventions for prevention. Over 100 individuals representing employers, workers, government, research, and the workers’ compensation communities came together in Toronto to share the latest evidence about interventions and to discuss the implications for research and practice. For background information about the symposium, please click here.

The symposium included the following topics and speakers, as outlined in the agenda and in the biographies of the speakers, facilitators, and panelists:

Dr. Robert Whiting video:

Dr. Karen Albertsen video:

Dr. Diane Boivin video:

There were also three breakout workshops on preventing illness and injury among shift workers in the healthcare, manufacturing, and public safety sectors. The minutes from these workshops and key discussion points from the closing panel discussion are available here.


An overview of this project and two summaries were shared on the following topics:

Post-symposium survey

A post-symposium survey was sent out to participants. Results are available here.


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