Research that matters to protecting the health and safety of workers

The Institute for Work & Health (IWH) is a Canadian leader in work injury and disability prevention research. An independent, not-for-profit organization, IWH conducts and shares actionable research to promote, protect and improve the health and safety of working people.

Latest news & findings


Now hiring: Research associate wanted for a one-year contract

Help coordinate a large partnership research grant examining chronic illness needs in the workplace. As a Research Associate, your primary duties would include programming surveys, coordinating and conducting interviews and focus groups, organizing workshops and working with team members to analyze qualitative data. Apply now or help us spread the word. This job posting closes August 31. 

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Get your Summer 2018 issue of At Work

What can we learn from sex/gender analyses of work exposures and health? That women who work long hours face a greater of risk of developing diabetes, but not men. Or that men and women with arthritis may have the same needs for workplace support, but different access to those supports. Read about this research in a special package on sex/gender analysis in the latest issue of At Work. Also, learn about a study that found benefits outweigh costs for workplaces that accommodate people with mental illness.

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Skin cancers due to sun exposure at work costing Canada millions a year

As we head into another summer here in Canada, workplaces should be especially mindful of protecting outdoor workers from harmful sun exposure. An economic burden study by Institute for Work & Health (IWH) Senior Scientist Dr. Emile Tompa puts the costs in Canada of non-melanoma skin cancers due to work-related sun exposure diagnosed in just one year (2011) at almost 35 million dollars. Skin cancers are the most common form of cancer in Canada.

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Watch again: A systematic review of workplace interventions to manage depression

The research literature to date suggests that cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) can help people with depression stay at work—and CBT with a focus on work can help people return to work after a depression-related absence. These findings from a systematic review, on workplace interventions to manage depression, were the focus of an IWH Speaker Series presentation in January 2018. If you missed that presentation or want to watch it again, it's available as a slidecast. 

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Now recruiting Manitoba construction firms for an OHS leading indicators study

How does your construction company measure up on safety? IWH and the Construction Safety Association of Manitoba are teaming up on a project to develop health and safety leading indicators for the construction sector. They’re also building benchmarks for the province’s construction workplaces. The project is now recruiting construction firms operating in Manitoba of all types and sizes to complete an online survey. Watch and share the recruitment video to help us spread the word.

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IN THE CURRENT ISSUE... Working long hours increases the risks of diabetes in womenbut not in men according to one of several studies on sex differences in work and health conducted at IWH. How supervisors first react to a worker's injury can  make a difference in how likely the worker will successfully return to work. Hiring and accommodating people with serious mental illness can be a net benefit for employers, according to an economic analysis of five workplaces.

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Tools and guides

Integrate evidence-based policies and practices into your occupational health and safety, return-to-work and rehabilitation programs. IWH has created a number of tools and guides based on our research findings that can help improve program outcomes.

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Impact case studies

Find out how IWH research is making a difference. Read our impact case studies, in which policy-makers, workplaces and other stakeholders in health, safety and disability prevention tell how IWH research helped improve their policies, programs and practices.

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Research summaries

Whether it’s a policy briefing, a systematic review summary or the highlights of a specific research project, we’ve compiled a number of plain-language summaries to help you understand the research we’re doing, what we have found, and how we found it.

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Learn directly from the researchers themselves about their latest findings in health, safety and disability prevention. We host regular presentations (in person or live stream) through our IWH Speaker Series and our annual Nachemson lecture.

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