Season’s Greetings from the Institute for Work & Health

From all of us at the Institute for Work & Health, we wish you a happy, healthy and safe holiday season, and all the best for 2015.

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Examining the impact of gender on work and health: slidecast

In a special plenary launching a five-year research program on gender, work and health, IWH Scientist Dr. Peter Smith outlined ways research can lead to sex- and gender-sensitive policies on injury and disability prevention.

Listen to the slidecast.

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Preventing upper extremity MSDs: Resistance is not futile!

An IWH systematic review recommends workplace-based resistance training to help prevent and manage upper extremity musculoskeletal disorders (MSDs)—this and more in the latest issue of At Work.

Read the Fall 2014 issue of At Work.

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Stories of breakthrough change at Ontario firms

New evidence-based case studies—great for workplace training and brainstorming—illustrate the factors critical to going from not-to-great to great when it comes to workplace health and safety.

Download the case studies.

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Using evidence in OHS courses: IWH resources for students

Our resources can help post-secondary OHS and RTW students and instructors incorporate evidence-based information into their research projects, essays, presentations, lessons and lectures.

Download your copy.

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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

  • January 13—IWH Plenary: Independent medical assessments in workers' compensation

    Institute for Work & Health Scientist Dr. Agnieszka Kosny shares findings from her study on the use of independent medical assessments within workers' compensation systems, highlights challenges from the perspectives of policy-makers and service providers, and discusses ways the use of independent medical assessments could be improved.

  • January 20—IWH plenary: Examining "vulnerability" in OHS

    What are the risk factors that make certain groups (e.g. young workers, immigrants, temporary workers) vulnerable to increased risk of injury? And are the factors similar across the groups? In this plenary, Institute for Work & Health Scientist Dr. Peter Smith will discuss ways to measure vulnerability among workers. He will also share preliminary findings from a survey capturing dimensions of vulnerability in a sample of workers in Ontario and British Columbia.

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

    December 18—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 released online today by the American Journal of Public Health.

  • 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.

  • Don't miss the latest issue of IWH News

    December 12—Read the findings on our latest systematic review, about three new slidecasts now available from IWH and more, all in the Institute for Work & Health's December issue of IWH News, released this week. To get your copy coming straight to your inbox, sign-up here.

  • Assessing the impact of NIOSH research: Slidecast available

    December 9—In his 2014 Alf Nachemson Memorial Lecture, Dr. Paul Schulte of the U.S. National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) shared lessons learned about measuring the impact of NIOSH research on protecting worker health. A slidecast of this year’s lecture is now available on IWH’s YouTube channel.

  • Slidecast of plenary launching gender research chair now available

    November 27—Why is it important to explore differences between men and women when it comes to work and health? In a special plenary launching his five-year research program on gender, work and health, Institute for Work & Health Scientist Dr. Peter Smith outlined how sex and gender shape the risk of work injury, time off work after a work injury, and the relationship between the work environment and chronic illnesses.

  • Getting to great: Breakthrough Change Case Study Series

    September 25—What does it take for organizations to make large improvements in health and safety?New case studies from the Institute for Work & Health illustrate the factors critical to going from not-to-great to great when it comes to workplace safety, based on an evidence-based model of "breakthrough change."

  • Issue Briefing explores claim suppression in two provinces

    October 23—The Institute for Work & Health's latest Issue Briefing, which addresses topics of particular interest to policy-makers, highlights findings from two recent reports on the incidence and risk of employers inducing workers not to claim or to misreport instances of workplace injury or illness in Ontario and Manitoba.

  • IWH Resources for OHS/RTW Post-Secondary Students

    September 24—A new guide from the Institute for Work & Health lists the resources we have available to help post-secondary students and instructors in occupational health and safety, disability management, return to work and/or work injury rehabilitation incorporate evidence-based information into their research projects, essays, presentations, lessons and lectures.

 
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