CROSH is a research centre at Laurentian University specializing in occupational health and safety (OHS).

We’re proud to be part of the Northern Ontario community. We recognize that Laurentian University is located on the traditional lands of the Atikameksheng Anishnawbek and that the Greater City of Sudbury also includes the traditional lands of the Wahnapitae First Nation.

CROSH is partially funded by the Ministry of Labour, Immigration, Training and Skills Development. CROSH is led by a Director, Dr. Sandra Dorman, and supported by Laurentian University and an advisory board.

Two researchers measuring a client in the CROSH Workplace Simulator Laboratory
CROSH student in front of a fireranger helicopter

Our Vision

We envision a Northern Ontario where workplaces partner to ensure every worker gets home safe and healthy every day.

Our Mission

We will be an agent for innovation and discovery to solve relevant and critical problems facing northern industries so they can eliminate occupational injury and disease from their workplaces.

Our Philosophy

Our occupational health and safety philosophy is Prevention Through Research.

Our Research Approach is Field-to-Lab-to-Field. We first engage with communities and workplaces to identify critical research questions. We then conduct innovative field research to understand the problem, develop evidence-based interventions in the lab, and then evaluate those interventions back in the field. We repeat this process until the problem is solved.


Our Values

At CROSH, we are:

Committed to Scientific Excellence and Innovation

We develop, and assist partners in developing, cutting edge, research-based solutions to inform decision-making about occupational health and safety.

Outreach Focused

We actively nourish the relationships between our researchers and Northern Ontario workplaces by promoting the exchange of knowledge and student training.

Honest in All Our Practices

We conduct research according to sound practices that value open communication, welcome accountability, and strive for continual improvement.

Strengthened by Collaboration

We acknowledge that our work is strongest when we incorporate interdisciplinary perspectives, which ensures that our research addresses broad challenges and is relevant to the organization.

Respectful and Considerate

We believe in fostering a work environment that promotes equity, diversity, and inclusion, embraces the uniqueness of individuals, and is representative of the Northern Ontario population. As such, we require that every individual be treated with respect and consideration so as to support their personal and professional growth.

Strategic plan 2023-2028 report cover

Strategic Plan

You can download our 2023 – 2028 Strategic Plan here.

CROSH Spotlight

See a snapshot of what CROSH is all about.

Our Partners

Visit our partners’ websites.

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Workplace safety & prevention services
Logo of Centre of Research Expertise for the Prevention of Musculoskeletal Disorders
Centre for Research Expertise in Occupational Disease
Enhancing the Prevention of Injury and Disability at Work
Institute for Work and Health
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Logo of Occupational Health Clinics for Ontario Workers
United Steelworkers