PHO Rounds: The Inequitable Risk of Exposure to COVID-19 at Work: The Occupational Exposure to COVID-19 Risk Tool
Occupational exposure to COVID-19 has been identified as a potential pathway leading to social inequities in COVID-19. Using the Occupational Exposure to COVID-19 Risk Tool, this presentation describes the distribution of occupation-related characteristics that increase risk of exposure to COVID-19, and the resulting differential COVID-19 risk at work across equity stratifiers. The Tool was developed by a collaborative research team led by Drs. Brendan Smith and Erin Hobin (PHO) with investigators from Public Health Ontario (PHO), Institute for Work and Health (IWH), University of Toronto and University of Alberta. This data visualization tool brings together occupation, industry and sociodemographic data from the 2016 Canadian Census linked to workplace characteristics from the Occupational Information Network (O*NET). Key workplace characteristics related to COVID-19 risk, including physical proximity, frequency of exposure to infection and disease and ability to work from home will be explored. We will also display features of the Occupational Exposure to COVID-19 Risk Tool and how it can be used to inform the design of equitable policies and interventions at local, provincial and national levels in Canada, aiming to mitigate inequities in exposure to COVID-19 risk.
By the end of this session, participants will be able to:
- Describe work characteristics in relation to risk of exposure to COVID-19 at work
- Explain how differences in occupational risk of exposure to COVID-19 can intersect with equity stratifiers to create inequitable risk
- Identify key components of the Occupational Exposure to COVID-19 Risk Tool data visualizations
- Discuss how the Occupational Exposure to COVID-19 Risk Tool could be used help to inform policy development at local, provincial and national levels in Canada
Presenter(s): Brendan Smith and Christine Warren
Brendan Smith is a Scientist in Health Promotion, Chronic Disease and Injury Prevention at Public Health Ontario, and an Assistant Professor in the Division of Epidemiology at the Dalla Lana School of Public Health, University of Toronto. His primary research interests focus on the application of epidemiological methods to estimate the health equity impacts of population health interventions.
Christine Warren is an Epidemiologist in Health Promotion, Chronic Disease and Injury Prevention at Public Health Ontario. Her current research contributions focus on modelling the equitable impact of population-level dietary interventions on consumption patterns of sugary drinks and related health outcomes in the Canadian population.
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