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Faculty Member

Andrea Sass-​Kortsak Ph.D., M.H.Sc.

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Division of Occupational & Environmental Health Gage Building 223 College Street Toronto, ON M5T 1R4
Dalla Lana School of Public Health, Gage Occupational & Environmental Health
Occupational & Environmental Health Division
Associate Professor Emerita
SGS Status
Member Emerita
Appointment Status

Research Interests

  • Occupational Hygiene – Exposure Assessment ie.) development and validation of sampling methods used to determine exposures; and, identification and assessment of factors influencing workplace and environmental exposures
  • Occupational & Environmental Epidemiology – examining and developing methods for improving estimates of exposure for exposure-effect relationships eg.) use of self-reported measures, and modelling
  • Occupational Epidemiology – occupational risk factors for prostate cancer, fine particulates

Education & Training History

Doctor of Philosophy, 1993

Department of Epidemiology & Biostatistics, University of Western Ontario

Master of Health Sciences (Occupational Health), 1980

Department of Community Health, Faculty of Medicine, University of Toronto

Bachelor of Science, 1977

Trinity College, University of Toronto

Primary Teaching Responsibilities

  • CHL 5914 – Industrial Noise
  • CHL 5915 – Occupational Hygiene Control Methodology

Honours & Awards

  • 2015 Fellow, American Industrial Hygiene Association
  • 2001 Hugh Nelson Award for Excellence in Occupational Hygiene, Occupational Hygiene Association of Ontario
  • 1999 Robin Badgley Award for Excellence in Teaching, Department of Public Health Sciences
  • 1987 Registered Occupational Hygienist (ROH), Canadian Registration Board of Occupational Hygienists
  • 1983 Certified Industrial Hygienist (CIH), American Board of Industrial Hygiene

Current Research Projects

  • 2008-10 – Evaluation of fibre exposure outside of asbestos abatement enclosures. P Bozek, A Sass-Kortsak (co-PIs)

Representative Publications

Nadalin V, Kreiger N, Parent M, Salmoni A, Sass-Kortsak A, Siemiatycki J, Sloan M, and Purdham J. Prostate Cancer and Occupational Whole-Body Vibration Exposure.  Ann Occup Hyg 56(8): 968-74, 2012

Ferris LE, Sass-Kortsak A. Sharing research findings with research participants and communities. IJOEM. 2(3):172-181, 2011

Young E, Kreiger N, Purdham JT, Sass-Kortsak AM. Prostate cancer and driving occupations: Could whole body vibration play a role? Int Arch Occ Env Health 82(5): 551-556, 2009.

Sass-Kortsak AM, Purdham JT, Kreiger N, Darlington G, Lightfoot N. Occupational risk factors for prostate cancer; Am J Ind Med 50(8): 568-576, 2007

Neilson H, Sass-Kortsak AM, Lou W, Purdham JT. Personal factors influencing agreement between expert and respondent assessments of an occupational exposure; Chronic Dis Can 28(1-2):1-9, 2007

Darlington GA, Kreiger N, Lightfoot N, Purdham J, Sass-Kortsak A. Prostate cancer risk and diet, physical activity and cigarette smoking; Chronic Dis Can 27(4): 145-153, 2007

Kim D, Sass-Kortsak AM, Purdham JT, Dales R, Brook JR. Associations between personal exposures and fixed-site ambient measurements of fine particulate matter, nitrogen dioxide and carbon monoxide in Toronto, Canada; J Exp Anal & Environ Epi 16:172-183, 2006