Recent updates

September 22—‚ÄčThe 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.

September 6, 2017—On November 1, join us for the 2017 Alf Nachemson Memorial Lecture, where you will hear one of North American’s leading experts on safety culture and climate in construction workplaces. Dr. Linda M. Goldenhar is director of research and evaluation at CPWR—The Center for Construction Research and Training in Silver Spring, Maryland. She will talk about her extensive research in the U.S. construction sector and the practical tools that have flowed from that research, specifically those aimed at improving safety culture, climate and leadership in construction and other high-hazard workplaces. The lecture is free, but registration is required.

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.

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.

August 11—In the Summer 2017 issue of At Work, learn about an innovative method being developed to help stakeholders consider how well research evidence applies to their local context. Read about a study on the effectiveness of Ontario’s mandatory occupational health and safety awareness training requirement. And more.

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.

May 12What workplace-based interventions are effective in helping workers with musculoskeletal disorders (MSDs) recover and return to work? A team of researchers from the Institute for Work & Health (IWH) and the Institute for Safety, Compensation and Recovery Research (ISCRR) in Melbourne, Australia, set out to answer this question in a systematic review. The key findings are now summed up in a new one-minute video short. Watch it and share.