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Faculty of Community Services

Chun-Yip Hon




416-979-5000, ext. 553022

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  • Exposure assessment (occupational hygiene)
  • Occupational health and safety
  • Risk assessment
  • Evaluation of interventions
  • Quantitative methods



I am an associate professor with the School of Occupational and Public Health at Ryerson University and have been with the department since 2012.

I have a bachelor of science from McMaster University, a bachelor of applied science from Ryerson University and a master of science (applied) from McGill University. I received my PhD in Occupational and Environmental Hygiene from the University of British Columbia.

I have participated in several occupational health studies based in the healthcare sector, with a focus on understanding healthcare workers’ exposure to chemotherapy (hazardous) drugs. I am also examining various occupational health and safety issues in the food manufacturing sector. In addition, I have been undertaking research related to occupational and public health issues (e.g. noise, indoor air quality) of pool staff and visitors.

Generally speaking, my research interests are occupational exposure assessments, risk assessment methods, and evaluation of intervention measures to prevent occupational exposure.

Professionally, I have nearly 20 years of experience as an occupational hygienist and possess designations as a Certified Industrial Hygienist (CIH) as well as a Canadian Registered Safety Professional (CRSP).


Research Interests:

Research interests:

  • Occupational exposure assessment
  • Risk assessment
  • Evaluation of interventions to prevent occupational injury and/or illness

Research projects:

  • Healthcare workers’ exposure to anticancer drugs
  • Occupational health and safety issues in food manufacturing
  • Supervision of student projects (various)

Current Courses:


  • OHS 421: Occupational Hygiene Methods I
  • OHS 508: Occupational Health
  • OHS 621: Occupational Hygiene Methods II
  • OHS 810: Seminars


Selected Publications:

Journal articles:

  • McLennon T and Hon C-Y. "Exposure assessment of non-electric ice resurfacer operators in indoor ice rinks: A pilot study" International Journal of Occupational and Environmental Health DOI: 10.1080/10773525.2018.1468130 (e-pub ahead of print)
  • Colombo M, Jeronimo M, Astrakianakis G, Apte C, Hon, C-Y. (2017) “Wipe sampling method and evaluation of environmental variables for assessing surface contamination of ten antineoplastic drugs by liquid chromatography/tandem mass spectrometry”. Annals of Work Exposure and Health 61(8): 1003-1014.
  • Nichol K, Kudla I, Robson L, Hon C-Y, Eriksson J, Holness L. (2017) “The Development and Testing of a Tool to Assess Joint Health and Safety Committee Functioning and Effectiveness”. American Journal of Industrial Medicine. 60(4): 368-376
  • Hon C-Y and Fairclough C. (2017) “Occupational health and safety legislative gap analysis of the food processing sector in Ontario, Canada”. Journal of Safety, Health and Environmental Research. 13(1): 338-344.
  • Morin K, Lachapelle G, Hon C-Y. (2017) “Pilot evaluation of a novel engineering control to reduce airborne exposure to particulates inside drilling cabs”. Canadian Institute of Mining Journal. 8(2): 102-108.
  • Hon C-Y, Danyluk Q, Bryce E, Janssen B, Neudorf M, Yassi A, Shen H, Astrakianakis G (2017). “Comparison of qualitative and quantitative fit-testing results for three commonly used respirators in the healthcare sector”. Journal of Occupational and Environmental Hygiene. 14(3): 175-179.
  • Hon C-Y, Jardine K, Peters C, Arrandale V (2017). “Historical Occupational Isocyanate Exposure Levels in Two Canadian Provinces”. Journal of Occupational and Environmental Hygiene. 14(1): 1-8.
  • Tatar O and Hon C-Y (2016). “An Exploratory Study of the Implementation of Admission Standards (child:guardian ratios) in Ontario’s Class A Public Pools”. Environmental Health Review. 59(3): 96-101.
  • Hon C-Y and Abusitta D (2016) “Causes of Health Care Workers' Exposure to Antineoplastic Drugs: An Exploratory Study”. Canadian Journal of Hospital Pharmacy. 69(3): 216-223.
  • Jeronimo M, Colombo M, Astrakianakis G, Hon C-Y. (2015) “A surface wipe sampling and LC/MS/MS method for the simultaneous detection of six antineoplastic drugs commonly handled by healthcare workers” Analytical and Bioanalytical Chemistry 407(23):7083-7092. DOI: 10.1007/s00216-015-8868-y
  • Hon C-Y, Shen H, Teschke K (2015). “Healthcare workers’ knowledge, perceptions and behaviors regarding antineoplastic drugs: Survey from British Columbia, Canada”. Journal of Occupational and Environmental Hygiene 12(10): 669-677. DOI: 10.1080/15459624.2015.1029618
  • Hon C-Y, Teschke K, Shen H, Demers PA, Venners S. (2015). Antineoplastic drug contamination in the urine of Canadian healthcare workers. International Archives of Occupational and Environmental Health, 88(7):933-941. DOI: 10.1007/s00420-015-1026-1
  • Hon C-Y, Barzan C, Astrakianakis C (2014). “Identification of knowledge gaps regarding healthcare workers’ exposure to antineoplastic drugs: Review of literature North America vs. Europe”. Safety and Health Work. 5(4): 169–174.  DOI:10.1016/
  • Hon C-Y, Teschke K, Demers P, Venners S. (2014) “Antineoplastic drug contamination on the hands of employees working throughout the hospital medication system”.  Annals of Occupational Hygiene.  58(6):761-70.  DOI: 10.1093/annhyg/meu019
  • Hon C-Y, Chua PP, Danyluk Q, Astrakianakis G. (2014) “Examining factors that influence the effectiveness of cleaning antineoplastic drugs from drug preparation surfaces: A pilot study.”  Journal of Oncology Pharmacy Practice.  20(3): 210–216. DOI: 10.1177/1078155213497070
  • Hon C-Y, Teschke K, Chu W, Demers P, Venners S. (2013) “Antineoplastic drug contamination of surfaces throughout the hospital medication system in Canadian Hospitals.”  Journal of Occupational and Environmental Hygiene. 10(7): 374-383. DOI: 10.1080/15459624.2013.789743
  • Chu W, Hon C-Y, Danyluk Q, Chua PPS, Astrakianakis G. (2012) “Pilot Assessment of the Antineoplastic Drug Contamination Levels in British Columbian Hospitals Pre- and Post-Cleaning”.  Journal of Oncology Pharmacy Practice; 18(1): 46-51. doi: 10.1177/1078155211402106
  • Hon C-Y, Astrakianakis G, Danyluk Q, Chu W (2011). "Pilot Evaluation of the Dermal Contamination Levels to Antineoplastic Drugs of Pharmacy Personnel in British Columbia”. Canadian Journal of Hospital Pharmacy 64(5):327–332. DOI:
  • Hon C-Y, Teschke K, Chua PPS, Venners S and Nakashima L. (2011) “Occupational exposure to antineoplastic drugs: identification of job categories potentially exposed throughout the hospital medication system”. Safety and Health at Work 2(3):273-281. DOI: 10.5491/SHAW.2011.2.3.273
  • Danyluk Q, Hon C-Y, Neudorf M, Yassi A, Bryce E, Janssen B, Astrakianakis G. (2011) "Healthcare Workers and Respiratory Protection: Is the User Seal Check a Surrogate for Respirator Fit-Testing?" Journal of Occupational and Environmental Hygiene 8:267–270. DOI: 10.1080/15459624.2011.566016
  • Hon C-Y and Nicol A-M (2010). Examining the Association between Insomnia and Bowel Disorders in Canada: Is There a Trend? UBC Medical Journal 2(1):11-15.
  • Hon C-Y, Gamage B, LoChang J, Bryce EA, Yassi A, Maultsaid D, Yu S (2008)  “Personal Protective Equipment in Healthcare: Can on-line infection control courses transfer knowledge and improve proper selection and use?”  American Journal Infection Control 36:e33-e37. DOI: 10.1016/j.ajic.2008.07.007
  • Bryce E, Yassi A, Maultsaid D, Gamage B, Landstrom M, LoChang J, Hon C-Y (2008).  “E-learning of infection control: it's contagious”. Canadian Journal of Infect Control 23(4):228, 230, 232 passim. PMID:19351000
  • Gamage B, Moore D, Copes R, Yassi A, Bryce E, and members of The BC Interdisciplinary Respiratory Protection Study Group (including Hon C-Y) (2005) “Protecting health care workers from SARS and other respiratory pathogens: A review of the infection control literature”.  American Journal Infection Control 33: 114-21. DOI: 10.1016/j.ajic.2004.12.002
  • Moore D, Gamage B, Yassi A, and members of The BC Interdisciplinary Respiratory Protection Study Group (including Hon C-Y) (2005) “Protecting health care workers from SARS and other respiratory pathogens: Organizational and individual factors that affect adherence to infection control guidelines”. American Journal Infection Control 33: 88-96. DOI:10.1016/j.ajic.2004.11.003
  • Chessor E, Verhoeven M, Hon C-Y, Teschke K (2005)  “Evaluation of a Modified Scavenging System to Reduce Occupational Exposure to Nitrous Oxide in Labor and Delivery Rooms”. Journal of Occupational and Environmental Health 2: 314-322. DOI:10.1080/15459620590959722
  • Yassi A, Moore D, Fitzgerald JM, Bigelow P, Hon C-Y, Bryce E (2005) “Research gaps in Protecting Healthcare Workers from SARS and Other Respiratory Pathogens: An Interdisciplinary, Multi-Stakeholder, Evidence-Based Approach”.  Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine 47: 41-50.  DOI: 10.1097/01.jom.0000150207.18085.41


Position Currently Held:

Associate Director, Programs and Associate Professor

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  • DCC-318, Daphne Cockwell Health Sciences Complex

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