D. Linn Holness




Dr. Linn Holness is an occupational medicine physician and a Professor Emerita at the Dalla Lana School of Public Health and Department of Medicine at the University of Toronto. She is a staff physician in the Division of Occupational Medicine in the Department of Medicine at St. Michael’s Hospital and a scientist in the MAP Centre for Urban Health Solutions.  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. Nguyen, LV, Diamond, ML, Kalenge, S, Kirkham, TL, Holness, DL, Arrandale, VH et al.. Occupational Exposure of Canadian Nail Salon Workers to Plasticizers Including Phthalates and Organophosphate Esters. Environ Sci Technol. 2022;56 (5):3193-3203. doi: 10.1021/acs.est.1c04974. PubMed PMID:35156803 .
  2. Houle, MC, Holness, DL, DeKoven, J. Occupational Contact Dermatitis: An Individualized Approach to the Worker with Dermatitis. Curr Dermatol Rep. 2021;10 (4):182-191. doi: 10.1007/s13671-021-00339-0. PubMed PMID:34540358 PubMed Central PMC8439371.
  3. Holness, DL, Gomez, P, Kudla, I, Skotnicki, S, DeKoven, JG. Occupational contact dermatitis: Return to work using a multidisciplinary clinic model. Contact Dermatitis. 2021;85 (6):686-692. doi: 10.1111/cod.13945. PubMed PMID:34293189 .
  4. Hon, CY, Holness, DL, Fairclough, C, Tchernikov, I, Arrandale, V. Exploratory study to determine if risk factors for occupational skin disease vary by type of food processing operation. Work. 2021;68 (4):1113-1119. doi: 10.3233/WOR-213441. PubMed PMID:33843717 .
  5. DeKoven, JG, DeKoven, BM, Warshaw, EM, Mathias, CGT, Taylor, JS, Sasseville, D et al.. Occupational contact dermatitis: Retrospective analysis of North American Contact Dermatitis Group Data, 2001 to 2016. J Am Acad Dermatol. 2022;86 (4):782-790. doi: 10.1016/j.jaad.2021.03.042. PubMed PMID:33753252 .
  6. 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;65 (2):230-238. doi: 10.1093/annweh/wxaa111. PubMed PMID:33559679 .
  7. 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. 2021;63 (3):e138-e144. doi: 10.1097/JOM.0000000000002133. PubMed PMID:33395172 .
  8. 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. 2021;65 (2):196-200. doi: 10.1093/annweh/wxaa077. PubMed PMID:33044504 .
  9. Kalenge, S, Kirkham, TL, Nguyen, LV, Holness, DL, Arrandale, VH. Skin Exposure to Acrylates in Nail Salons. Ann Work Expo Health. 2021;65 (2):162-166. doi: 10.1093/annweh/wxaa063. PubMed PMID:32737502 .
  10. Sanaat, S, Holness, DL, Arrandale, VH. Health and Safety in Nail Salons: A Cross-Sectional Survey. Ann Work Expo Health. 2021;65 (2):225-229. doi: 10.1093/annweh/wxaa078. PubMed PMID:32728720 .
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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)