Recent updates

Hand-arm vibration syndrome (HAVS) is a common occupational disease, which in advanced cases may be associated with significant upper extremity disability and reduced quality of life. In this plenary, Dr. Ron House shares his HAVS research at St. Michael's Hospital and the Centre for Research Expertise in Occupational Disease (CREOD).He describes HAVS and its components, outlines its clinical assessment and management, and reviews the legislation for hand-arm vibration exposure and compensation experience for HAVS in Canada.

Can an occupational health and safety (OHS) training program be improved by modifying it to address gaps in essential skills? In this plenary, a research team led by Dr. Ron Saunders outline a recent study that involved modifying a hoisting and rigging training program to address trainees’ skills gaps in numeracy and document use. The team discuss the effects of the modification on trainee learning and offer suggestions for improving training efforts in the construction sector.

August 17—Workers who stand on the job most of the time are at greater risk of heart disease than workers who predominantly sit. According to a study just published in the American Journal of Epidemiology, even after taking into account a wide range of personal, health and work factors, people who primarily stand on the job are twice as likely as people who primarily sit on the job to have a heart attack or congestive heart failure.

September 22—​The impact of Institute for Work & Health (IWH) research on workplaces is the theme of the 2016 Annual Report. In it, read how five workplaces use IWH research to better their occupational health and safety (OHS) or return-to-work (RTW) programming. The annual report also describes other IWH research in 2016 designed to support workplace change.

September 19—The Canadian Centre for Occupational Health and Safety (CCOHS) and the Institute for Work & Health (IWH) are proud to announce that Canada has been selected to host the XXII World Congress on Safety and Health at Work, to be held October 4-7, 2020, in Toronto. The World Congress, sponsored by the International Labour Organization (ILO) and the International Social Security Association (ISSA), is the world’s largest event for the international occupational health and safety community and will draw more than 3,500 delegates from more than 150 countries.

August 23—How do you know which workers are vulnerable to increased risks of work injuries/illnesses? (Hint: It's not by considering worker characteristics such as their age, job status, immigration status and so on.) There's a way to find the workers you need to protect. Our new video short explains how. Watch the video, and download the OHS Vulnerability Measure.

July 21—The Institute for Work & Health's popular "What Researchers Mean By..." columns have been collected into one book, now available to download. This book brings together easy-to-understand definitions of over 35 research terms used in the health and social sciences.