Research at CROSH

To impact policy and practice, the multidisciplinary team of CROSH experts and their research  partners will engage stakeholders in three broad streams for research – Human Factors and  Ergonomics (HFE); Occupational Health and Wellness (OHW);  Occupational Physiology and  Environment (OPE). The focus and objectives of each broad stream are described below:  

Human Factors and Ergonomic, Occupational Health and Wellness, Occupational Physiology and Environment

Human Factors and Ergonomics (HFE):

The scientific discipline concerned with understanding the interactions between people and other components of a system. It includes the profession that applies the theory, principles, data, and methods to strategize for optimal human well-being and system performance.

Leaders in this area at CROSH specialize in: mining ergonomics, vibration exposure, line-of-sight, working posture, and musculoskeletal injury. Emerging fields of research include game-based OHS training including new technologies to enhance situational awareness associated with mobile equipment operation.

Occupational Health and Wellness (OHW):

The scientific discipline concerned with promoting the physical, mental, emotional, and social well being of all workers. It includes understanding  job-related psychosocial hazards, contributing factors to poor workplace quality-of-life and developing strategies and healthy workplace initiatives that support workers in optimizing their contributions to the workplace.

Leaders in this area at CROSH specialize in occupational mental health, workplace quality-of-worklife, organizational culture, and health promotion. Emerging areas of research include post-traumatic stress disorder and stress management.

Occupational Physiology and Environment (OPE):

The scientific discipline concerned with assessing the body’s physiological responses to varying environmental conditions in the working world. It includes connections between work, well  being, and health, but focuses on the bodily demands and reactions associated with various tasks, jobs, or occupational exposures.

Leaders in this area at CROSH specialize in fatigue, sleep, musculoskeletal disorders,  reproductive health, cardiovascular, respiratory, immunology , cellular biology and nutrition.  Emerging fields of research include: diesel emissions, heat and cold stress.