Katherine Lippel

Canada Research Chair in Occupational Health and Safety Law

Tier 1 - 2005-11-01
Renewed: 2013-03-01
University of Ottawa
Social Sciences and Humanities

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Research involves

Analyzing work-related injury prevention and compensation regimes that are governed by occupational health and safety law.

Research relevance

This research could lead to the implementation of policies and legislation that improve worker health and protection.

Law, Health and Worker Protection

Work-related injuries and diseases are the causes of many of the health problems faced by workers. Occupational health and safety legislation aims to prevent these injuries and diseases, and to provide remedies for the conditions and problems that result from them.

Dr. Katherine Lippel, Canada Research Chair in Occupational Health and Safety Law, is focusing on the content and application of occupational health and safety regulatory frameworks. She is also examining their effectiveness in preventing work-related injuries, disease and disabilities, and in providing compensation for work-related health problems.

Lippel is examining these questions through a gender lens. In addition, she is exploring the effects of governance structures and measures of regulatory effectiveness.

Lippel is not just examining the state of worker health and safety law, but is also acquiring knowledge about how it is applied, by drawing on such disciplines as medicine, ergonomics and social sciences. Lippel will describe how worker health and safety policy is implemented, and how positive impacts can be maximized and negative impacts minimized.

Lippel’s research could lead to improved worker health and safety legislation that provides better protection for workers.