Dorothy Linn Holness MD, MHSc, FRCPC, DTS, HonFFOM
Occupational skin disease – patch testing methodology and epidemiological studies, epidemiological studies of exposed populations, development of standardized data collection instruments, outcomes and health services utilization.
Occupational lung disease – epidemiological studies of exposed populations, association between measured exposures and lung function outcomes.
Occupational skin and lung disease – interaction between lung and skin as both sites of exposure and organ of response.
Occupational health service delivery models and evaluation, physician practice patterns, particular interest in the health care sector.
Marginalized populations – occupational health and safety in inner city workplaces, role of workplace injury in homelessness, spirituality and the homeless.
Primary Teaching Responsibilities
- Director, Master of Science in Community Health, Occupational Health Care
- Director, Diploma in Industrial Health
- CHL 5904 – Perspectives in Occupational Health
- CHL 5905 – Advnaced Clinical Studies in Occupational Health
- Supervisor for Determinants of Community Health Year 2 Project
- Supevisor of graduate students
- Residency program teaching
Honours & Awards
Visiting Professor, Australasian College of Dermatology, May 8-19, 2006
- Occupational and Environmental Medical Association of Canada, Meritorious Service Award, 2002
Honorary Fellow, Faculty of Occupational Medicine, Royal College of Physicians of London, 1997
Current Research Projects
Holness DL. Return to work for occupational diseases. Workplace Safety and Insurance Board. $60,000, 2012-2013 (PI)
Holness DL, DeKoven J, Dilworth L, Kudla I, Skotnicki S. Dermatitis patch test clinical database. Centre for Research Expertise in Occupational Disease. $10,000, 2012-2013 (PI)
Nichol K, Holness DL, Copes R, Kelly H, Spielmann S. Feasibility of a hand dermatitis screening tool for employee health units and hand hygiene auditors. Centre for Research Expertise in Occupational Disease. $10,000, 2012-2013 (Investigator)
Kudla I, Holness DL, Brown J, Kapoor K, Tchernikov I. Occupational skin disease awareness posters. Centre for Research Expertise in Occupational Disease. $10,000, 2012-2013 (co-PI)
Holness DL, Kudla I, Garritano E, Russo M. Construction sector exposure and disease scan. Centre for Research Expertise in Occupational Disease. $10,000, 2012-2013 (PI)
DeLair H, Holness DL. Challenges in occupational health and immigrant workers. Centre for Research Expertise in Occupational Disease. $10,000, 2012-2013 (PI)
Lippel K, Eakin J, Holness DL. Workers’ compensation systems and their consequences for injured workers: a comparative study in Quebec and Ontario of the role of doctors. SSHRC. $161,000, 2009-2014 (Co-investigator)
Holness DL, Hayes L, Kudla I, Nichol K, O’Brien-Pallas L. Joint health and safety committees – what is their impact in acute care hospitals? WSIB, $155,704, 2009-2013 (Co-Pl)
Holness DL, Marrett L, Kudla I, Oudyk J, Hohenadel K. Making the link between exposure and respiratory cancer in the clinical setting: what are the steps. WSIB. $29,980, 2010-2012. (Co-PI)
McGeer A, Borgundvaag B, Coleman B, Drews S, Genesove L, Green K, Holness DL, Katz K, Kwong J, Langley KJ, Loeb M, Low D, McNeil S, Moore C, Muller M, Nichol K, Raboud J, Simor A, Vincent L, Oudyk J. Is hospital-based healthcare a risk factor for influenza infection in Canadian adults? WSIB, $450,000, 2010-2013 (Co-investigator)
McGeer A, Borgundvaag B, Coleman B, Drews S, Genesove L, Green K, Holness DL, Katz K, Kuster S, Kwong J, Langley KJ, Loeb M, Low D, Mazzulli T, McNeil S, Moore C, Muller M, Nichol K, Simor A, Vincent L. Risk factors for influenza infection in hospital-based healthcare workers. CIHR, $1,172,578, 2011-2014 (Co-investigator)
Holness DL, Kudla I, Nichol K, Leung E. Understanding the knowledge, skill and resource needs of front-line prevention system partners for occupational skin disease. WSIB $59,608, 2012-2013. (PI)
Thompson A, Holness DL, House R. Development of a workplace prescription to facilitate return to work for workers with hand arm vibration syndrome, 2012-2013. AHSC AFP Innovation Fund, $4,700. (PI)
Holness DL, Kudla I, Brown J, Kapoor K, Tchernikov I. Raising occupational skin disease awareness through the use of posters. Bridging the Gap, Ministry of Labour, $25,429, 2013-2014. (Co-PI).
Nichol KA, Holness DL, Kulda I, Robson L, Hon C-Y. The development and testing of a tool to assess joint health and safety committee functioning and effectiveness. Bridging the Gap, Ministry of Labour, $39,999, 2013-2014. (Co-Investigator).
Lougheed D, Olajos-Clow J, Lemiere C, Malo J-L, Berube D, Tarlo S, Liss S, Holness DL, Kudla I, To T, Haines T, Blais L, Crighton E. Work-related asthma and allergy: prevention and early detection (WRAAPED). AllerGen, $600,000, 2009-2012. (Co-Investigator)
Holness DL. Centre for Research Expertise in Occupational Disease. WSIB. $400,000, 2004-2016. (PI)
Tompa E, MacEachern E, (co-PI), Bornstein S, Neis B, Provencher Y, Durand M, Rioux M, Holness DL, Calvert J, Koehoorn M (provincial co-leads) et al. Income security and labour-market engagement: envisioning the future of disability policy in Canada. SSHRC Partnership Grant. $2,760,782, total budget $7,960,000, 2013-2020. (Ontario co-lead).
Holness DL, Tabassum S, Tarlo SM, Liss G, Silverman F, Manno M. Dermatologist and family physician practice patterns for occupational contact dermatitis, Australas J Dermatol 2007;48, 22-27.
Holness DL, Tabassum S, Tarlo SM, Liss G, Silverman F, Manno M. Pulmonologist and family physician practice patterns for occupational lung disease. Chest 2007;132:1526-1531.
Nichol K, Bigelow P, McGeer A, O’Brien-Pallas L, Manno M, Holness DL. The individual, environmental and organizational factors that influence nurses’ use of facial protection to prevent occupational transmission of communicable respiratory illness in acute care hospitals, American Journal of Infection Control 2008;36:481-487.
Nichol K, Kudla I, Manno M, McCaskell L, Sikorski J, Holness DL. Form and function of joint health and safety committees in Ontario acute care hospitals. Healthcare Quarterly 2009;12:86-92.
Lynde C, Obadia M, Liss G, Ribeiro M, Holness DL, Tarlo SM. Investigating the relationship between occupational cutaneous symptoms, exposures and respiratory symptoms among professional cleaners. Occupational Medicine 2009;59:249-254.
Rowley K, Ajami D, Gervais D, Monney L, Solheim A, Kudla I, Holness DL, Switzer-McIntyre S. Glove use and education in workers with hand-arm vibration syndrome (HAVS). Cdn Acoustics 2011;39:116-117.
Holness DL. Workers with occupational contact dermatitis: work outcomes and return to work process in the first six months following diagnosis. J Aller 2011;2011:170693.
Arrandale VH, Liss GM, Tarlo SM, Pratt M, Sasseville D, Kudla I, Holness DL. Occupational contact allergens: are they also associated with occupational asthma? Am J Ind Med 2012;55:353-360.
Nichol K, McGeer A, Bigelow P, O’Brien-Pallas L, Scott J, Holness DL. The organizational, environmental and individual factors that influence nurses’ decisions to use facial protection to prevent occupational transmission of communicable respiratory illness in acute care hospitals. Am J Inf Cont, 2013;41:8-13.
Holness DL, Kudla I. Workers with occupational contact dermatitis: Workplace characteristics and prevention activities. Occup Med 2012;62:455-457.
Kim J, Arrandale VH, Kudla I, Mardell K, Lougheed MD, Holness DL. Educational intervention among farmers in a community health setting. Occup Med, 2012;62:458-461.
Arrandale VH, Kudla I, Kraut AG, Scott JA, Tarlo SM, Redlich C, Holness DL. Skin and respiratory symptoms among workers with suspected work-related disease. Occup Med 2012;62:420-426.
Baumann A, Holness DL, Norman P, Idriss-Wheeler D, Boucher P. The Ergonomic Implementation Continuum (EPIC): Integration of health and safety – a process evaluation in the healthcare sector. J Safety Res 2012;43:205-213.
Houle M, Holness DL., DeKoven J, Skotnicki S. Additive value of patch testing custom epoxy materials from the workplace at the Occupational Disease Specialty Clinic in Toronto. Dermatitis 2012;23:214-219.
Arrandale VH, Doekes G, Meijster T, Anjorka A, Heederik D, Redlich C, Holness DL. Exposure response relationships for skin symptoms among bakery and isocyante-exposed worker. Int Arch Occup Environ Health 2013;86:167-175.
Stefaniuk AB, duPlessis J, John SM, Eloff F, Agner T, Tzu-Chieh C, Nixon R, Steiner MFC, Kudla I, Holness DL. International guidelines for the in vivo assessment of skin properties in workplace settings: Part 1: pH. Skin Res Technol 2013;19:59-68.
Chambers A, Breslin C, Holness DL, Nichol K, Mustard C. Evaluating the implementation of health and safety innovations under a regulatory context: a multiple case study of Ontario’s safer needle regulation – study protocol. J Implem Sci. 2013;8:9.
Holness DL. Recent advances in occupational dermatitis. Curr Opinion Aller Clin Immunol, 2013;13:145-150.
duPlessis J, Stefaniuk AB, Eloff F, John SM, Agner T, Tzu-Chieh C, Nixon R, Steiner MFC, Kudla I, Holness L. International guidelines for the in vivo assessment of skin properties in workplace settings: Part 2: Transepidermal water loss and skin hydration. Skin Res Technol, 2013 doi:10.111/srt.12037.
Holness DL, Harniman E, DeKoven J, Skotnicki Grant S, Beaton D, Nixon R, Switzer-McIntyre S. Hand function in workers with hand dermatitis. Dermatitis, in press.