Dr. Lynda Robson
Dr. Lynda Robson is a scientist at the Institute for Work & Health, where she has worked since 1997. She is an adjunct professor in the School of Occupational and Public Health at Toronto Metropolitan University. She was also a member of the technical committee developing the second edition of the Canadian Standards Association OHS management standard, CSA Z1000.
Robson obtained her PhD in biochemistry from the University of Toronto, but later changed fields through additional education at the university's Department of Public Health Sciences.
Robson's research interests include using both quantitative and qualitative methods to study occupational health and safety (OHS) management, organizational change in OHS and the evaluation of prevention programs, especially OHS training programs.
“The lab research in which I was involved, though ultimately intended to benefit people, was in itself lacking in the social/human dimension. Now, I often study people and their organizations, and more often interact with users of the research, and I find that personally rewarding." – Dr. Lynda Robson
- Champions as social agents of change: what can we learn from worker well-being initiatives?. Funded by Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC). Ongoing.
- Evaluating the effectiveness of distance learning in delivering Ontario's JHSC certification training. Funded by Ontario Ministry of Labour, Training and Skills Development. Ongoing. (PI on the project)
- Evaluating the implementation and effectiveness of Ontario’s working-at-heights training standard. Funded by Ontario Ministry of Labour. Ongoing. (PI on the project)
- Occupational injury risks in Ontario. Funded by Ontario Ministry of Labour, Training and Skills Development. Ongoing.
- Programs of early OHS intervention with small businesses. Funded by WorkSafeBC. Ongoing.
- Robson LS, Irvin E, Padkapayeva K, Begum M, Zukowski M. A rapid review of systematic reviews on the effectiveness of synchronous online learning in an occupational context. American Journal of Industrial Medicine. 2022;65(7):613-619. doi:10.1002/ajim.23365.
- Robson LS, Landsman V, Latour-Villamil D, Lee H, Mustard C. Unionisation and injury risk in construction: a replication study. Occupational & Environmental Medicine. 2022;79(3):169-175. doi:10.1136/oemed-2021-107617.
- Van Eerd D, D'Elia T, Ferron EM, Robson LS, Amick B. Implementation of participatory organizational change in long term care to improve safety. Journal of Safety Research. 2021;78:9-18. doi:10.1016/j.jsr.2021.05.002.
- Robson LS, Irvin E, Padkapayeva K, Begum M, Zukowski M. Effectiveness of synchronous online learning in an occupational context: two rapid reviews. Institute for Work & Health; 2021.
- Robson LS, Landsman V, Latour-Villamil D, Lee H, Mustard C. Updating a study on the union effect on safety in the ICI construction sector. Institute for Work & Health; 2021.
Speaker Series presentations
- Preventing falls from heights in construction: a long-term evaluation of Ontario's working-at-heights training standard. IWH Speaker Series. December 13, 2022.
- The union effect on safety in the ICI construction sector: a study update. IWH Speaker Series. January 12, 2021.
- Evaluating the implementation and effectiveness of Ontario’s working-at-heights training standards. IWH Speaker Series. February 26, 2019.
- Managing safety and operations: The effect of joint management system practices on safety and operational outcomes. IWH Speaker Series. November 8, 2016.
- A model of "breakthrough change" in workplace health and safety performance. IWH Speaker Series. May 13, 2014.
Interviews and articles
- Standardized working at heights training improves safety, study. Workers Health & Safety Centre. January 26, 2023. Available from: https://www.whsc.on.ca/What-s-new/News-Archive/Standardized-working-at-heights-training-improves-safety-study
- Which is better, online or in-person learning?. Canadian HR Reporter. August 22, 2022. Available from: https://www.hrreporter.com/focus-areas/training-and-development/which-is-better-online-or-in-person-learning/369195
- Ontario ministry could recommend changes to working-at-heights training. Canadian Occupational Safety . February 3, 2022. Available from: https://www.thesafetymag.com/ca/topics/safety-and-ppe/ontario-ministry-could-recommend-changes-to-working-at-heights-training/324259
- Inquest witness pressed on Working at Heights training outcomes. Daily Commercial News. February 3, 2022. Available from: https://canada.constructconnect.com/dcn/news/ohs/2022/02/inquest-witness-pressed-on-working-at-heights-training-outcomes
- How does unionization make a difference with workplace safety?. Canadian HR Reporter. April 12, 2021. Available from: https://www.hrreporter.com/labour/news/how-does-unionization-make-a-difference-with-workplace-safety/354870