D. Linn Holness




Dr. Linn Holness is an occupational medicine physician and a Professor at 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 (CREOD), 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. Zack, B, Arrandale, VH, Holness, DL. A Qualitative Study to Identify Characteristics of a Desirable Training Program for Prevention of Occupational Skin Disease. Ann Work Expo Health. 2021; :. doi: 10.1093/annweh/wxaa111. PubMed PMID:33559679 .
  2. Rydz, E, Harper, A, Leong, B, Arrandale, VH, Kalia, S, Forsman-Phillips, L et al.. Sun Protection Use at Work and Leisure by Outdoor Workers in Alberta, Canada. J Occup Environ Med. 2020;Publish Ahead of Print :. doi: 10.1097/JOM.0000000000002133. PubMed PMID:33395172 .
  3. Holness, DL, Kudla, I, DeKoven, JG, Skotnicki, S. The Utility of an Occupational Contact Dermatitis Patch Test Database in the Analysis of Workplace Prevention Activities in Toronto, Canada. Ann Work Expo Health. 2020; :. doi: 10.1093/annweh/wxaa077. PubMed PMID:33044504 .
  4. Kalenge, S, Kirkham, TL, Nguyen, LV, Holness, DL, Arrandale, VH. Skin Exposure to Acrylates in Nail Salons. Ann Work Expo Health. 2020; :. doi: 10.1093/annweh/wxaa063. PubMed PMID:32737502 .
  5. Sanaat, S, Holness, DL, Arrandale, VH. Health and Safety in Nail Salons: A Cross-Sectional Survey. Ann Work Expo Health. 2020; :. doi: 10.1093/annweh/wxaa078. PubMed PMID:32728720 .
  6. Keefe, AR, Demers, PA, Neis, B, Arrandale, VH, Davies, HW, Gao, Z et al.. A scoping review to identify strategies that work to prevent four important occupational diseases. Am J Ind Med. 2020;63 (6):490-516. doi: 10.1002/ajim.23107. PubMed PMID:32227359 .
  7. Haynes, E, Holness, DL, Tenkate, T, Strahlendorf, P, Kramer, DM. With a little help from our friends: Collaborative research partnerships in three workplace-based occupational disease research projects. Work. 2019;62 (2):261-278. doi: 10.3233/WOR-192861. PubMed PMID:30829637 .
  8. Logar-Henderson, C, MacLeod, JS, Arrandale, VH, Holness, DL, McLeod, CB, Peter, A et al.. Adult Asthma among Workers in Ontario. Results from the Occupational Disease Surveillance System. Ann Am Thorac Soc. 2019;16 (5):563-571. doi: 10.1513/AnnalsATS.201810-701OC. PubMed PMID:30682323 .
  9. Gewurtz, RE, Premji, S, Holness, DL. The experiences of workers who do not successfully return to work following a work-related injury. Work. 2018;61 (4):537-549. doi: 10.3233/WOR-182824. PubMed PMID:30475782 .
  10. Budd, D, Holness, DL. Raising awareness of hand-arm vibration syndrome (HAVS) using posters. Work. 2018;61 (1):3-10. doi: 10.3233/WOR-182775. PubMed PMID:30223408 .
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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 (CREOD)