Exposure & Interventions


Validation of respirator fit testing for emergency workers during simulated life support tasks

STUDY UPDATES We are now recruiting paramedics for fit testing! Last chance to sign up! WHY JOIN? Paramedics are at risk of exposure to bioaerosols. Respirators are often the only protection available against bioaerosols for paramedics providing emergency care. However, little is known about how well respirators fit during paramedic tasks and the exercises used …

Validation of respirator fit testing for emergency workers during simulated life support tasks – project summary

Status: In progress Purpose: This is an experimental study where we aim to compare respiratory fit with two protocols: i) the Canadian Standards Association (CSA) standard fit testing protocol and ii) a simulated work fit testing protocol using a set of paramedic tasks. We also aim to identify factors associated with passing a standard and …

Assessing new methods for measuring occupational exposure to flame retardants

In progress. The goal of this study is to explore two new methods for measuring occupational exposure to flame retardants.

COVID-19 Occupational Risks, Seroprevalence and Immunity among Paramedics in Canada (CORSIP)

In progress. The goal of this study is to investigate COVID-19 risk factors, infection, vaccination and immunity among paramedics in Ontario and BC.

Radon Survey of Workplaces in Ontario

In progress. The main objective of this study is to collect data to assess where hazardous levels of radon are present in Ontario workplaces in order to target prevention efforts.

Diesel Engine Exhaust Exposure in the Ontario Construction Industry

In progress. The goal of this study is to measure levels exposure to diesel engine exhaust among workers in the Ontario construction industry.

Occupational exposure in Ontario nail salons

Complete. This study characterized worker exposure to a variety of occupational hazards in the nail salon environment, including chemicals, ergonomics and stress.

Investigation of exposure to flame retardants among electronic waste recycling workers

Complete. This study characterized the inhalation and skin exposure of electronic waste recycling workers to flame retardants, and tested a new method of measuring exposure.

Diesel exhaust exposure in Ontario fire halls

Complete. The findings from this study improve our understanding of the nature and the extent of diesel exhaust exposure in Ontario fire halls, and the effectiveness of existing control measures.

Asbestos exposure in schools

Completed. The goal of the study was to assess custodial workers’ awareness of asbestos through an online survey.