D. Linn Holness


Associate Scientist, Li Ka Shing Knowledge Institute


Dr. Holness is an occupational medicine physician and a professor in the Dalla Lana School of Public Health and Department of Medicine at the University of Toronto. She is the Director of the Division of Occupational Medicine in the Department of Medicine at the University of Toronto and Chief of the Department of Occupational and Environmental Health at St Michael’s Hospital. She is the Director of the Centre for Research Expertise in Occupational Disease which focuses on common non-malignant occupational diseases. Her research interests in occupational health are broad; covering a variety of topics including occupational disease and its identification, occupational health services and occupational health and safety in the context of specific populations such as vulnerable workers. Her main research has focused on prevention, health care utilization, diagnosis, return to work and outcomes related to occupational skin disease.

Recent Publications

  1. Handford, M, Lepine, K, Boccia, K, Ruddick, F, Alyeksyeyeva, D, Thompson, A et al.. Hand-arm vibration syndrome: Workers' experience with functional impairment and disability. J Hand Ther. 2017; :. doi: 10.1016/j.jht.2016.10.010. PubMed PMID:28336243 .
  2. Nichol, K, Kudla, I, Robson, L, Hon, CY, Eriksson, J, Holness, DL et al.. The development and testing of a tool to assess joint health and safety committee functioning and effectiveness. Am. J. Ind. Med. 2017;60 (4):368-376. doi: 10.1002/ajim.22703. PubMed PMID:28244610 .
  3. Lippel, K, Eakin, JM, Holness, DL, Howse, D. The structure and process of workers' compensation systems and the role of doctors: A comparison of Ontario and Québec. Am. J. Ind. Med. 2016;59 (12):1070-1086. doi: 10.1002/ajim.22651. PubMed PMID:27699820 .
  4. McKillop, C, Parsons, JA, Brown, J, Scott, S, Holness, DL. Rights, responsibilities and (re)presentation: Using drawings to convey health and safety messages among immigrant workers. Work. 2016;55 (1):37-50. doi: 10.3233/WOR-162385. PubMed PMID:27612066 .
  5. Chen, J, Gomez, P, Kudla, I, DeKoven, J, Holness, DL, Skotnicki, S et al.. Return to Work for Nurses With Hand Dermatitis. Dermatitis. ;27 (5):308-12. doi: 10.1097/DER.0000000000000215. PubMed PMID:27608063 .
  6. Holness, DL, Hayes, L, Nichol, K, Kudla, I, Nincic, V. Joint health and safety committees - What is their impact in the acute care hospital?. Work. 2016;53 (4):763-73. doi: 10.3233/WOR-152254. PubMed PMID:26890594 .
  7. Stergiou-Kita, M, Pritlove, C, Holness, DL, Kirsh, B, van Eerd, D, Duncan, A et al.. Am I ready to return to work? Assisting cancer survivors to determine work readiness. J Cancer Surviv. 2016;10 (4):699-710. doi: 10.1007/s11764-016-0516-9. PubMed PMID:26816271 .
  8. Rowley, K, Ajami, D, Gervais, D, Mooney, L, Belote, A, Kudla, I et al.. Glove Use and Glove Education in Workers with Hand Dermatitis. Dermatitis. ;27 (1):30-2. doi: 10.1097/DER.0000000000000155. PubMed PMID:26756514 .
  9. Chambers, A, Mustard, CA, Holness, DL, Nichol, K, Breslin, FC. Barriers to the Adoption of Safety-Engineered Needles Following a Regulatory Standard: Lessons Learned from Three Acute Care Hospitals. Healthc Policy. 2015;11 (1):90-101. . PubMed PMID:26571471 PubMed Central PMC4748368.
  10. Kramer, DM, Tenkate, T, Strahlendorf, P, Kushner, R, Gardner, A, Holness, DL et al.. Sun Safety at Work Canada: a multiple case-study protocol to develop sun safety and heat protection programs and policies for outdoor workers. Implement Sci. 2015;10 :97. doi: 10.1186/s13012-015-0277-2. PubMed PMID:26159710 PubMed Central PMC4702388.
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Affiliations & Other Activities

  • Chief, Department of Occupational and Environmental Health, St. Michael’s Hospital
  • Professor, Department of Public Health Sciences, University of Toronto
  • Professor, Department of Medicine, University of Toronto
  • Director, Division of Occupational Medicine, University of Toronto
  • Director, Centre for Research Expertise in Occupational Disease