This partnership between WorkSafeBC (BC’s Workers’ Compensation Board) and the University of British Columbia (UBC) aims to address current and emerging issues of work-related health in British Columbia. The Partnership takes the lead in work-related health research by developing and promoting the use of routinely collected health and compensation data from multiple sources via our data partner, Population Data BC. The data allows us to conduct research on the entire working-age population over a 25 year period, providing a unique and comprehensive portrait of the health and well being of BC’s workers. Partnership researchers are also active in developing and enhancing the occupational data holdings of Population Data BC.
We offer challenging and dynamic training opportunities from our base at the UBC School of Population and Public Health. Current and prospective students interested in pursuing research on policy-relevant occupational health issues are encouraged to contact one of our co-leads, Mieke Koehoorn or Chris McLeod, to discuss training and funding opportunities.
We engage in active collaboration with a wide range of organizations, including:
- UBC School of Population and Public Health, particularly the Occupational and Environmental Health division and Centre for Health Services and Policy Research
- Institute for Work & Health
- Institute for Safety, Compensation and Recovery Research, Melbourne, Australia
- BC Cancer Agency
- Occupational Cancer Research Centre at Cancer Care Ontario
- CAREX Canada
- Asbestos-related Research, Education and Advocacy (AREA) Fund
WorkSafeBC worked with UBC’s Centre for Health Services and Policy Research (CHSPR) beginning in 1998, when CHSPR researchers conducted research in support of the Royal Commission on Workers’ Compensation in BC. A formal partnership was established in 2005. Prior to 2012, the Partnership for Work, Health and Safety was called the WorkSafeBC-CHSPR Research Partnership.
For more information about our research, please contact Chris McLeod.