Course Objectives

By the end of the course, the physician will be able to:
  1. be able to identify the hazards found in different industries and occupations and to give informed advice to patients on the types of work that would be compatible with any health limitation;
  2. be better able to communicate with workers, employers and occupational health practitioners in industry about issues relating to health and work, and to balance requirements for privacy and information;
  3. know how to access and interpret legislation, regulation and guidance relevant to occupational health in Canada;
  4. know how to recognize and diagnose common types of work-related disease;
  5. be able to reach a justifiable opinion on issues of causation in relation to possibly work-related disease and the likelihood that a condition is caused by or contributed to by work;
  6. understand the purpose of a formal assessment of fitness for work and know when and how to use this when trying to optimize the fit of a worker to the workplace;
  7. be equipped to evaluate the factors that may contribute to extended sickness absence and how to improve the likelihood of successful return to work after illness or injury;
  8. be able to identify mental health, family and social issues (including stress reactions and substance abuse) that may result from work or have implication for continued safe employment and to decide how to best manage such implications.
  9. be aware of the obligations and responsibilities for occupational health implied by the role of an employer in a community-based medical practice.