Recent updates

December 18—Can on occupational health and safety training program be improved by modifying its contents to address gaps in essential skills? Yes it can, according to an Institute for Work & Health study that piloted a modified hoisting and rigging training program to address trainees' skills gaps in numeracy and document use. Learn about the study, the modified program and the improved outcomes in this presentation slidecast from the team behind the research, including its lead Dr. Ron Saunders.

December 14—Listen to three presentations from the October 2017 forum held in Toronto that addressed policy and research issues around the safe integration of newcomers into the labour force. The forum was organized by the Institute for Work & Health.

November 17Read about what we know–and don’t know–about marijuana and workplace safety based on the research to date. Learn about an IWH study that found an association between prolonged occupational standing and heart disease, and the three misconceptions people have about the findings. Find out why young people with chronic conditions face particular barriers when it comes to requesting workplace accommodations. This and more can be found in the Fall 2017 issue of At Work, now available to download.

November 15—You can now listen to Dr. Linda M. Goldenhar's well-received lecture on the findings, tools and training programs that have emerged from the research she led at the U.S. Center for Construction Research and Training on the role of safety climate and culture in improving health and safety outcomes in construction workplaces. The slidecast (slides plus audio) is now available on IWH's YouTube channel.

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.