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.

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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.

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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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Check out the new look: Seven Principles for Successful RTW

Our popular guide to what makes return to work (RTW) effective following a workplace injury, based on a review of good quality research, has been redesigned for easier reading and sharing.

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Evidence-based tools and guides for OHS, RTW programs

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Recent updates

  • 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.

  • Now out: July issue of IWH News

    July 14–Learn about who's affected most by heat stress, a new video on OHS and temp agency workers and more in the July issue of IWH News, the Institute for Work & Health's e-bulletin, available here. If you're not already a subscriber, you're invited to sign up for this monthly update.

  • 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.

  • Supervisors and work accommodation: Slidecast available

    May 30—Supervisors often play a key role in making offers of accommodation available to injured workers, which can help prevent work disability due to low-back pain. At a recent plenary, IWH Associate Scientist Dr. Vicki Kristman shared her findings about the factors likely to increase supervisor support for work accommodation. The plenary is now available as a slidecast.

  • A model of 'breakthrough change' in OHS performance: Slidecast available

    May 21—What do workplaces that manage to turn around their poor health and safety records have in common? Dr. Lynda Robson, an Institute for Work & Health (IWH) scientist, explored this question in an innovative, case-study-based study called "Breakthrough Change." At a recent IWH plenary, she shared her findings, now available as a slidecast.

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  • Chronic conditions and work: Slidecast available

    May 8—At a recent Institute for Work & Health plenary, Tammy Yates of the Canadian Working Group on HIV and Rehabilitation talked about the barriers to full workforce participation by those living with episodic disabilities resulting from chronic conditions such as arthritis, multiple sclerosis, HIV, mental illness, diabetes and more. Her plenary is now available as a slidecast.

  • New Look for 7 Principles for Successful RTW

    May 6—Our popular Seven Principles for Successful RTW has a new look for easier reading and sharing. Note that the Institute for Work & Health is partnering with Australia's Institute for Safety, Compensation and Recovery Research (ISCRR) to review the latest evidence on return-to-work best practices, and we will be updating these principles accordingly. Sign up for IWH News to ensure you don't miss this information when it becomes available.

  • August 24-27: World Congress on Health and Safety at Work

    Institute for Work & Health President Dr. Cam Mustard is giving a keynote address on challenges in occupational health at the World Congress on Health and Safety at Work, taking place August 24-27 in Frankfurt, Germany. This global forum will bring together an anticipated 4,000 experts and stakeholders to discuss the latest developments and trends in occupational health and safety. Registration is open.

  • 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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