The impact of NIOSH research on worker health protection

Come hear Dr. Paul Schulte of the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) as he shares lessons learned about moving research into practice.

Sign up for 2014 Nachemson lecture, November 19 in Toronto

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IWH launching gender, health and work research program

IWH Scientist Dr. Peter Smith is exploring how gender and sex shape the risk of work injury, time off work after injury, and the relationship between work and chronic illness.

Join us for program launch on October 14

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The OHS vulnerability of temp agency workers

Dr. Ellen MacEachen explains why the complex employment relationships of temp agency workers leaves them vulnerable to falling through the cracks of the OHS system.

Watch the video.

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The impact of IWH research on policy and practice

Examples of the impact of Institute for Work & Health research on policy and practice—in both occupational health and safety and workers' compensation—are included in a new case study series.

Read the case studies.

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OHS leading indicators survey, benchmarks now online

Find out how your organization measures up when it comes to occupational health and safety (OHS) leading indicators. The Ontario Leading Indicators Project (OLIP) survey and benchmarks are now open to all.

Take the survey now.


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Recent updates

  • October 2—IWH plenary: Intervention research on work and mental health

    What are the findings of studies on interventions on mental health problems and disorders at work? What challenges do they face? In this plenary, Karen Nieuwenhuijsen of Coronel Institute of Occupational Health in The Netherlands discusses successes and challenges faced by preventive mental health interventions.

  • October 7—IWH plenary: Exploring a new approach for occupational cancer surveillance

    Canada currently does not have a timely surveillance system for workplace exposure to cancer-causing agents. In this plenary, Dr. Paul Demers of Occupational Cancer Research Centre shares findings of a pilot study linking workers' compensation data and a provincial cancer registry. He also discusses the feasibility of this new approach to monitoring workplace risk factors for cancer.

  • Special plenary: October 14—Launch of research program in gender, work and health

    You are invited to attend the launch of a five-year research program led by Institute for Work & Health Scientist Dr. Smith that is exploring how sex and gender shape risk of work injury, time off work after a work injury, and the relationship between the work environment and chronic illnesses. This special plenary is taking place on Tuesday, October 14 at the University of Toronto's Hart House.

  • Save the date: November 19—Annual Nachemson lecture featuring NIOSH's Dr. Paul Schulte

    Come hear Dr. Paul Schulte, director of the Education and Information Division at the U.S. National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH), at this year's Alf Nachemson Memorial Lecture. Schulte will share NIOSH's approach to assessing the impact of its research on worker health protection and what it has learned along the way. Hosted by the Institute for Work & Health, this free annual lecture has become one of the most important networking events of the year in Ontario for policy-makers, researchers, professionals, advocates and other stakeholders in the field of work injury and disability prevention. Registration is now open.

  • Best evidence for treating back and neck pain

    September 8, 2014—CBRG QuickDecks are now available from the Cochrane Back Review Group (CBRG), housed at the Institute for Work & Health. These slide decks provide a quick summary of the best evidence for treating back and neck pain by type of intervention, including surgical, pharmacological and non-pharmacological (e.g. massage, chiropractic) interventions.

  • IWH seeking applicants for work and health research fellowship

    August 5—The Institute for Work & Health (IWH) is accepting applications for its post-doctoral Mustard Fellowship in Work and Health, an appointment for a new investigator at IWH in Toronto. The Fellowship supports the development of outstanding new researchers in the field of work and health and is open to a range of academic disciplines, including social, behavioural and organizational sciences, as well as clinical and population health sciences.The deadline for applying is October 15, 2014.

  • How OHS system can fail temp agency workers: IWH video

    July 14—The complex employment relationship between temporary agency workers, temp agencies and client employers creates loopholes and incentives that may leave low-wage temp agency workers more vulnerable to workplace injuries, Dr. Ellen MacEachen explains in the newest video from the Institute for Work & Health.

  • The impact of IWH research: Case studies

    July 11—The Institute for Work & Health aims to conduct "actionable" research of value to employers, workers and policy-makers in their pursuit of safe and healthy workplaces. In other words, we want to have an impact. A new case study series, though hardly exhaustive, provides some examples of the impact we've had to date.

  • OHS leading indicators survey and benchmarks now online

    June 11—How well does your organization compare against industry peers on occupational health and safety (OHS) leading indicators, which are designed to gauge performance before injuries and illnesses occur? Now you can find out by completing a 20-minute survey developed as part of the Ontario Leading Indicators Project (OLIP). You can interpret your results using a performance scorecard, and then compare them to benchmarks for your sector.

  • September 29-October 1: WDPI 2014

    The Institute for Work & Health is co-hosting WDPI (Work Disability Prevention and Integration) 2014 in Toronto, Canada. This is the third international scientific conference on research aimed at preventing work disability and promoting safe and sustained return to work across a range of conditions. Registration is open.

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