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. Nizzer, S, Ruco, A, Moreira, NA, Holness, DL, Nichol, KA, King, EC et al.. "You Have to Be Careful About Every Detail" How the COVID-19 Pandemic Shaped the Experiences of Canadian Personal Support Workers Working in Home Care. J Occup Environ Med. 2023;65 (9):e604-e609. doi: 10.1097/JOM.0000000000002911. PubMed PMID:37365749 PubMed Central PMC10487389.
  2. Zhang, Y, Rajaram, N, Lau, A, Mehta, K, Holness, DL, Tarlo, SM et al.. Silicosis, asbestosis, and pulmonary fibrosis in Ontario, Canada from 1996 to 2019. Am J Ind Med. 2023;66 (8):670-678. doi: 10.1002/ajim.23504. PubMed PMID:37302125 .
  3. Zagrodney, KAP, King, EC, Mohammed, ETCL, Nichol, KA, Holness, DL. Occupational Hand Dermatitis in Health Care: Development and Evaluation of an Online Training E-Module. Dermatitis. 2023;34 (5):413-418. doi: 10.1089/derm.2023.0012. PubMed PMID:37158786 .
  4. Slot, N, Tenkate, T, Forsman-Phillips, L, Arrandale, VH, Kalia, S, Holness, DL et al.. Barriers and Facilitators in the Creation of a Surveillance System for Solar Radiation-Induced Skin Cancers. New Solut. 2023;33 (1):7-24. doi: 10.1177/10482911231165975. PubMed PMID:37083551 .
  5. Nguyen, LV, Diamond, ML, Kalenge, S, Kirkham, TL, Holness, DL, Arrandale, VH et al.. Response to Comment on "Occupational Exposure of Canadian Nail Salon Workers to Plasticizers Including Phthalates and Organophosphate Esters". Environ Sci Technol. 2022;56 (19):14212-14213. doi: 10.1021/acs.est.2c05598. PubMed PMID:36095321 .
  6. Ruco, A, Nichol, K, Edwards, B, Roy, M, Morgan, D, Holness, DL et al.. Spot It, Prevent It: Evaluation of a Rapid Response Algorithm for Managing Workplace Violence Among Home Care Workers. Workplace Health Saf. 2022;70 (11):493-499. doi: 10.1177/21650799221110891. PubMed PMID:35975760 PubMed Central PMC9630957.
  7. Ruco, A, Pinto, AD, Nisenbaum, R, Ho, JW, Bellicoso, E, Hassen, N et al.. Collecting occupation and hazards information in primary care using O*NET. Am J Ind Med. 2022;65 (10):783-789. doi: 10.1002/ajim.23420. PubMed PMID:35932171 .
  8. King, EC, Zagrodney, KAP, McKay, SM, Holness, DL, Nichol, KA. Determinants of nurse's and personal support worker's adherence to facial protective equipment in a community setting during the COVID-19 pandemic in Ontario, Canada: A pilot study. Am J Infect Control. 2023;51 (5):490-497. doi: 10.1016/j.ajic.2022.07.021. PubMed PMID:35917934 PubMed Central PMC9338445.
  9. Nichol, K, Ruco, A, Holness, DL. Construction sector joint health and safety committees: Can their effectiveness be assessed using the JHSC assessment eTool?. Work. 2022;73 (1):247-254. doi: 10.3233/WOR-205211. PubMed PMID:35871379 .
  10. Spilchuk, V, House, R, Holness, DL. Assessment of clinical consultations in an academic occupational medicine clinic. Occup Med (Lond). 2023;73 (1):26-28. doi: 10.1093/occmed/kqac053. PubMed PMID:35748332 .
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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)