June 3—The Institute for Work & Health's latest Issue Briefing, which addresses topics of particular interest to policy-makers, summarizes a study that illustrates the diverging trends in occupational and non-occupational injury rates in Ontario and, drawing on lessons learned in that study, highlights opportunities to improve the monitoring of injury across all Canadian provinces and territories.
May 8—We've updated our handout listing the evidence-based tools and guides available from the Institute for Work & Health for use in occupational health and safety programs. The guide now includes our latest tools, eOfficeErgo and Breakthrough Change Case Study Series. Please feel free to share the handout with those in your organization on the front lines of work injury prevention and disability management.
May 8—Most Institute for Work & Health plenaries are also made available as slidecasts (slides with audio) soon after the plenary. So if you missed any of these recent 2015 plenaries, you can catch the slidecast on our YouTube channel:
May 1—Come springtime, we identify five Institute for Work & Health research findings from the previous year that we think can make a difference to workplace injury and disability prevention programs, and bring them together in an easy-to-read handout. The 2015 edition is now available.
April 30—Read about a new measure of worker vulnerability, a freely available online office ergonomics training program, research on the use of independent medical assessments and more in the latest issue of At Work, the quarterly newsletter of the Institute for Work & Health.
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.
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.