Getting your OHS information: What works best for you?

We are conducting a short survey to find out how OHS and RTW stakeholders prefer to receive the information they need to help prevent work injury and disability.

Take the survey today

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Now available: Online office ergonomics training program

Evidence-based and standard-compliant, eOfficeErgo is an online training program designed to help prevent musculoskeletal problems among workers who regularly use computers.

Read about the launch or access the program.

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Supporting workers with arthritis improves job outcomes

Accommodating workers with arthritis improves work participation, and is unlikely to drain company resources, study suggests. This and more in the latest At Work.

Read the Winter 2015 issue of At Work

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Work disability associated with increased risk of early death

People who are permanently impaired by a work-related injury face a greater risk of dying prematurely, according to a recent IWH study—this and more in our latest issue of At Work.

Read the Winter 2015 issue of At Work.

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The impact of IWH research on policy and practice

New examples of the impact of Institute for Work & Health research on policy and practice—in both occupational health and safety and workers' compensation—have been added to our case study series.

Read the latest case studies.

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Recent updates

  • Survey on communicating OHS, RTW information: What works best for you?

    March 26—How do you prefer to receive the information you need to help prevent work injury and disability? The Institute for Work & Health (IWH), on behalf of health and safety system partners in Ontario, is conducting a survey to find out. The survey is short (takes about five minutes) and is completely confidential. Please take the survey now to help ensure we provide the information you need, in the way you want it. The survey closes on May 22, 2015.

  • April 21—IWH plenary: Improving the effectiveness of joint health and safety committees

    Dr. Linn Holness of the Centre for Research Expertise in Occupational Disease discusses an evidence-based, 21-item tool to assess the effectiveness of joint health and safety committees.

  • Developing a measure of OHS vulnerability: Slidecast available

    March 20—At an Institute for Work & Health plenary in January, Dr. Peter Smith, a scientist at the Institute, introduced his evidence-based 29-item measure for assessing health and safety vulnerability among workers. A slidecast of his presentation is now available.

  • What OHS researchers can learn from workers: Slidecast available

    March 20—At an Institute for Work & Health plenary in February, Dr. Karen Messing, professor emeritus of ergonomics at the Université du Québec à Montréal, talked about her new book, Pain and Prejudice: What Science Can Learn about Work from the People Who Do It. You can hear some of the insightful stories from her book, based on her 35 years in the field of occupational research, in the plenary slidecast, now available.

  • New office ergonomics e-learning program launched to mark RSI Awareness Day

    February 26—A new online office ergonomics training program was jointly launched today by the Institute for Work & Health (IWH) and the Public Services Health & Safety Association (PSHSA). Evidence-based and standard-compliant, eOfficeErgo: Ergonomics e-Learning for Office Workers is being made available as organizations across the country prepare to mark International Repetitive Strain Injury (RSI) Awareness Day, which takes place annually on the last day of February.

  • Now available: Winter 2015 issue of At Work

    February 23—Having a permanent work-related impairment is associated with a higher risk of early death. Premium rates and work demands play a role in whether similar injuries result in lost-time or no-lost-time claims. Workplace benefits and accommodations help improve the function and productivity of workers with arthritis. Read about these recent findings and more from the Institute for Work & Health, in our latest issue of At Work.

  • Work injury rates declining in Ontario, while non-work injury rates stay the same

    February 23—Work-related injury rates in Ontario fell by 30 per cent from 2004 to 2011—in sharp contrast to non-work injury rates, which did not change. This is according to an Institute for Work & Health study published in the American Journal of Public Health. Watch the video, read the At Work article, and/or read the media release,

  • The impact of IWH research: New case studies

    February 19—At the Institute for Work & Health (IWH), we aim to conduct "actionable" research that makes a difference to employers, workers and policy-makers in their pursuit of safe and healthy workplaces. New examples of our research having an impact (dated December 2014) were recently added to our case study series. Read how IWH research helped improve outcomes in Ontario workers' compensation programs dealing with narcotics use, vocational rehabilitation and return to work. Find out how an IWH symposium played a part in Manitoba's strategy to deal with claims suppression, and learn how our leading indicators work (e.g. OLIP) is being used by a large employer. 

  • IWH seeking applications for training fellowships in work and health

    December 16—The Institute for Work & Health (IWH) is accepting applications for its S. Leonard Syme Training Fellowships in Work & Health. The 12-month fellowships are designed for young researchers at the master's or doctoral level intending to study work and health. IWH is particularly interested in candidates who show a commitment to research that promises to reduce work-related injury, illness and disability in Ontario. The deadline for applying is April 30, 2015.

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