PhD, MSc, BSc, CIH
Rm 360A, 2206 East Mall
Vancouver, BC V6T 1Z3
phone: 6048226777


Hugh W. Davies PhD (UBC), MSc (UBC), BSc (Alberta), CIH


Dr. Davies is a tenured Associate Professor of Occupational and Environmental Health in the School of Population and Public Health, at the University of British Columbia.

Dr. Davies received a PhD in Interdisciplinary Studies (UBC) in 2002 for his study on workplace noise and its links to chronic heart disease. He also holds an MSc in Occupational and Environmental Hygiene (UBC), and a BSc in genetics (University of Alberta). He is certified in Comprehensive Practice (CIH) by the American Board of Industrial Hygiene.

Dr. Davies researches chemical and physical exposures in the workplace and in the community, and how those exposures influence the health of populations. He has studied the “non-auditory” effects of noise for over a decade, investigating the role of noise at home and work in cardiovascular diseases, adverse birth outcomes, rheumatoid arthritis and diabetes, and it impact on childhood learning. His work group produced the first large-scale “noise map” of a Canadian city (Vancouver).

In addition Dr. Davies is Principle Investigator of the Canadian Workplace Exposure Database Project, or CWED, a repository of nearly a half million occupational exposure measurements collected from around Canada. It is currently being used for national cancer surveillance projects and will eventually become a national research resource available to any bona fide researchers. Dr. Davies also conducts occupational health research in Bangladesh, and is an honorary professor at the Bangladesh University for Health Sciences in Dhaka.

Dr. Davies has fifty four peer-reviewed publications and his work has been cited  ~1600 times (h-index of 23). He has given over 30 invited presentations. In 2012 he received a Killam Research Fellowship.

Dr. Davies currently teaches two courses in the UBC OEH program: SPPH 562 Chemical and Biological Exposure Measurement, and SPPH 530 Occupational and Environmental Epidemiology. He previously taught Research Development in the BRIDGE Graduate Program (a CIHR Strategic Training Initiative in Health Research program).

Dr. Davies  is President of the Canadian Association of Research on Work and Health (CARWH), and past-president of the BC Occupational and Environmental Health Network (BCEOHRN). He has served as Chair of the International Congress on the Biological Effects of Noise (Non-Auditory Effects Team). He is a member of the American Industrial Hygiene Association, The American Conference of Governmental Industrial Hygienists, British Occupational Hygiene Association, and the American Board of Industrial Hygiene.

In his spare time Dr. Davies likes walk his dog Justin, fly sailplanes, and travel.




Adjunct Professor, University of Waterloo
Honorary Professor, Bangladesh University of Health Sciences, Dhaka

Killam Research Fellowship, 2012

As of the August 2015, I have had 54 peer-reviewed publications, with  ~1600 citations, and an h-index of 23 (see Google Scholar). Students whom I supervised are underlined.

Last 3 year shown:

 McLeod C, Sarkany D, Davies H, Lyons K, Koehoorn M. Prevention in dangerous industries: does safety certification prevent tree-faller injuries? Scand J Work Environ Health. 2015;41(5):478–85.

Peters, CE, C Ge, AL Hall, HW Davies, PA Demers;  CAREX Canada: an enhanced model for assessing occupational carcinogen exposure; 2015; Occup Environ Med; 72:64–71

Hystad, P., HW Davies, L Frank, J Van Loon, U Gehring, L Tamburic, M Brauer; Residential Greenness and Birth Outcomes: Distinguishing Effects from Spatially Correlated Built Environment Factors; Environ Health Perspect. 2014; 122:1095-1102

De Roos AJ, Koehoorn M, Tamburic L, Davies HW, Brauer M; Incident Rheumatoid Arthritis in Relation to Proximity to Traffic, Ambient Air Pollution and Community Noise; Environ Health Perspectives; Environ Health Perspect. 2014; 122:1075-1080

Peters, CE, C Ge, AL Hall, HW Davies, PA Demers;  CAREX Canada: an enhanced model for assessing occupational carcinogen exposure;  Occup Environ Med, 2014; On-Line doi:10.1136/oemed-2014-102286

Gan, WQ, S.Lear, R. Allen, HW Davies, M Brauer, Long-Term Exposure to Traffic-Related Air Pollution and the Progression of Carotid Artery Atherosclerosis; BMJ Open 2014 4; doi: 10.1136/bmjopen-2013-004743

Hall, AL., C. Peters, PA Demers, HW Davies; Exposed! Or not? The diminishing record of workplace Exposure in Canada, Can J Pub Health, 2014; 105(3):e214-e217

 Gehring U, L Tamburic, H Sbihi, HW. Davies, M Brauer, The impact of noise and air pollution exposure on pregnancy outcomes; Epidemiology; 2014 25(3):351-358

 Hall, AL., C. Peters, HW Davies, PA Demers, Occupational Exposures in Canadian Veterinary Settings: Findings on antineoplastic drugs and ionizing radiation from a national surveillance project; Can J Pub Health, 2013, 104(7):  e460-e465

 Curran JH, HD Ward, M Shum, HW Davies, Reducing cardiovascular health impacts from traffic-related noise and air pollution: intervention strategies; Environmental Health Review, 2013, 56(02): 31-38

Van Kamp & HW Davies. Noise and Health in Vulnerable Groups: A Review. Noise and Health. 2013; 15(64):153-9

SPPH 530 Epidemiology of Occupational and Environmental Health
SPPH 562 Chemical and Biological Hazard Measurement

If you wish to study with Dr. Davies, contact him by email to make an appointment.


Occupational Epidemiology, Exposure Assessment, Occupational Health in LMIC, Occupational Noise and Hearing Conservation Programs, Non-Auditory Health Effects of Noise


Current Project:

  1. Reducing Silica exposure on BC Construction Sites (Funder: BC Construction Safety Alliance)
  2. Truck Drivers and anti-Vibration Seats: Evaluating Technology Options (Funder: WorksafeBC, Gov’t of Alberta)
  3. Canadian Workplace Exposure Database (Funders: CPAC, WorksafeBC WCB Manitoba)
  4. Estimating Burden of Occupational Cancer in Canada (Funder: CDN Cancer Society)
  5. Occupational Health of Boilermakers (Funder: International Brotherhood of Boilermakers)