Factors associated with occupational disease among young people: a systematic review

We’re looking for managers and supervisors who have supported workers with chronic diseases to take part in this study

If you're a manager or supervisor with experience accommodating employees with chronic physical or mental health conditions, we’d like to talk to you about the challenges you have experienced in supporting these employees while also balancing privacy needs. Your participation would consist of a confidential phone interview of about 30 to 40 minutes.

If interested, please email jbowring@iwh.on.ca or call 1-855-884-1416.

Reasons for the study

What individual, job and workplace factors are associated with occupational disease among young people 12 to 24 years of age? This is an important question for three reasons. Since young workers are concentrated in certain industries and jobs, they may have different exposures to hazards than older workers. Since young workers are being exposed to hazards for the first time, the link between exposure and disease may be clearer. And, since young workers are still developing, they may be more vulnerable to work-related diseases. IWH undertook a systematic review to determine what factors are associated with occupational disease among young workers.


The systematic review was completed in 2006. It found limited evidence on occupational disease among young people. Nontheless, even though occupational diseases receive less attention than acute injuries among young workers, the review showed that some diseases such as hand dermatitis and lung conditions are prevalent among young workers in certain

Related research summaries

Summary of a systematic review of factors associated with occupational disease among young people . Sharing Best Evidence: Institute for Work & Health, October 2006.

Related scientific publications

Breslin FC, Day D, Tompa E, Irvin E, Bhattacharyya S, Clarke J, Wang A, Koehoorn M. Systematic review of factors associated with occupational disease among young people. Institute for Work & Health; 2006.

Project status


Research team

Curtis Breslin, Institute for Work & Health (PI)
Doreen Day, Institute for Work & Health
Emile Tompa, Institute for Work & Health
Emma Irvin, Institute for Work & Health
Sudipa Bhattacharyya, Institute for Work & Health
Judy Clarke, Institute for Work & Health
Anna Want, Institute for Work & Health
Mieke Koehoorn, University of British Columbia

Funded by

Workplace Safety and Insurance Board of Ontario