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Sami Youakim, MD, MSc, FRCP

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An HVAC system in an office building
WorkSafeBC / April 2019

Indoor air quality in an office environment is meant to be safe and comfortable. The office environment is very different from the industrial setting. Toxic emissions in an office setting are not expected but may occur... Read More

WorkSafeBC / November 2017

Carbon monoxide (CO) is a colorless, odorless, tasteless gas that is the by-product of incomplete combustion of organic material. It is a chemical asphyxiant, and its toxicity involves the interaction of the gas with... Read More

WorkSafeBC / March 2016

The incidence of tuberculosis (TB) in Canada has been declining. According to Health Canada, in 2012 the national incidence was 4.8 per 100 000, and in British Columbia 6.1 per 100 000. In certain groups, including... Read More

WorkSafeBC / March 2006

West Nile virus (WNV) is an important emerging disease for WorkSafeBC along with SARS and possibly the avian influenza. Since first detected in New York City in 1999, WNV has spread across North America with human cases... Read More