Occupational disease surveillance can help to identify and monitor trends in work-related diseases and risk factors, and consequently, to identify priority populations for primary prevention. Current population-based surveillance systems are not able to monitor occupational disease due to a lack of information on workers’ industries and occupations. The overall purpose of this project is to develop an occupational disease surveillance system for Manitoba. To do so, we draw from a system established in Ontario, and will:
- identify workers through Workers’ Compensation Board Manitoba claims records, which contain industry and occupation information;
- link workers with data available in administrative health databases to identify future disease incidence among these workers; and,
- estimate the risk of asthma, contact dermatitis, Raynaud’s disease, carpal tunnel syndrome, acute myocardial infarction, and cancer within this cohort of workers, by sex, occupation, and industry.
Additional funding is being pursued to explore how exposure within occupations and/or industries varies by sex/gender, and the impacts of this variability on health outcomes. By leveraging existing data sources in Manitoba, the Manitoba Occupational Disease Surveillance System will fill gaps in current occupational disease surveillance in Manitoba, and will help to identify high risk workers and areas for prevention priority setting.
Co-Principal Investigators: Dr. Allen Kraut, Dr. Cheryl Peters
Co-Investigators: Dr. Paul Demers, Dr. Christopher McLeod, Dr. Mieke Koehoorn
Funder: Workers Compensation Board of Manitoba