Themes

The overarching theme of CARWH 2016 is Advancing Research to Improve Work and Health.

The conference keynotes, sessions, and symposia will focus on the following major themes:

  • Worker populations and work contexts
  • Health outcomes
  • Occupational exposures
  • Interventions, policy, and knowledge translation & exchange


These themes are intended to demonstrate the breadth of topics that will be included in the CARWH conference, and may also be used to help group abstracts into sessions. It is acknowledged that there is some overlap between these themes, and that abstracts may fall into more than one category. Some Examples of topics that could fall under each of these themes are provided below.


Worker populations and work contexts

  • Gender, work, and health
  • Aging, work, and health
  • Immigration, migration, work, and health
  • Workers in industries such as fisheries, agriculture, forestry, health care, the service sector, construction, mining, etc.
  • Vulnerable workers, precarious employment, and geographically mobile workers
  • Sustainable development, green jobs, and occupational health and safety
  • Social inequities and occupational health

Health outcomes

  • Occupational disease
  • Occupational injuries
  • Burden of occupational disease and injury
  • Endocrine disruption
  • Canadian examples of total worker health
  • Work and mental health

Occupational exposures

  • Occupational exposures and exposure assessment, e.g. pesticides, shift work, physical demands, psychosocial and organizational factors, work-related stress, multiple exposures, complex exposures, etc.
  • The use of biomarkers in monitoring and surveillance
  • Emerging occupational hazards, technologies, and contaminants
  • Workplace violence
  • Ergonomic factors

Interventions, policy, and knowledge translation & exchange

  • Workplace interventions to reduce injury and disease: what works, methodological challenges of evaluating effectiveness, evaluation of complex interventions, results of new studies
  • Increasing activity levels in the workplace
  • New policies on work from heights
  • Knowledge to action
  • Workers’ compensation, policy and regulation
  • Return-to-work and disability

We also welcome abstracts about occupational health research methods, e.g. quality indicators in exposure assessment, use of administrative data, meta-analytic approaches, cross-disciplinary reliability studies, etc.