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.
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.
Dr. MarlysChristianson of the RotmanSchool of Management at the University of Toronto looks at the practices used by organizations with the potential for catastrophic failure, yet are nearly error-free in performance (think aircraft carriers, electrical power grids and wildland firefighting) and what lessons these types of organizations offer to more conventional workplaces.
Sign up now for the next offering of the Institute for Work & Health's popular Systematic Review Workshop. The Spring 2015 workshop is taking place May 6-8 in Toronto. The three-day workshop will give you a good grounding in how to plan, carry out and communicate a systematic review of the research evidence on a particular topic. Please register by April 21.
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.
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,
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.
February 5—At a recent Institute for Work & Health (IWH) plenary, IWH Scientist Dr. Agnieszka Kosny shared findings from her study on the use of independent medical assessments across 17 jurisdictions in Canada, Australia and New Zealand. She also highlighted challenges from the perspectives of policy-makers and service providers, and discussed ways the use of independent medical assessments could be improved. Her plenary is now available as a slidecast.
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.
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."