Our injury surveillance program focuses on serious work injuries and fatalities and our emphasis is on exploring injury patterns by industry, occupation, and demographics in order to help inform prevention and monitoring efforts. We are also investigating how well serious work injuries and fatalities are identified by the workers’ compensation system by comparing the incidence of these injuries across multiple data sources. This research will provide us with a comprehensive understanding of the burden of serious occupational injuries in BC and lay the groundwork for an integrated occupational injury surveillance program.
Our disease surveillance program is largely focused on occupation-related respiratory diseases, including pneumoconioses and asthma, and on occupational cancers, such as mesothelioma. By drawing on health information from multiple data sources we are able to characterize the burden of these diseases, including their incidence in BC.