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.

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Building capacity in the settlement service sector to promote OHS awareness among newcomers

Newcomers to Canada are at increased risk of workplace injury and illness, due in part to a lack of knowledge about their rights and responsibilities in occupational health and safety (OHS). IWH was recently involved in a project focused on supporting settlement agencies to promote OHS awareness among newcomers. In an upcoming IWH Speaker Series presentation, IWH's Dr.

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Comparing employment patterns of older workers in four countries

In many developed countries, including Canada, encouraging older workers to stay in the workforce is a common policy goal. But what do we know about current work participation patterns among people aged 65 to 75? A new study involving IWH looks at data in Canada, the United Kingdom, Denmark and Sweden.

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Season's Greetings from all of us at IWH

The holidays are upon us. We at the Institute for Work & Health (IWH) wish you all the best of the season. May your holidays be restful, joyful and safe. Thank you for your support in 2019. Let’s resolve to continue working towards greater worker protection in the new year.

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Claimants’ perceptions of fair treatment linked to lower odds of mental illness

Previous studies have suggested that the process of making a workers’ compensation claim is linked with poorer mental health. A new study by IWH examines the contribution of one aspect of the process: the interactions between injured workers and case managers. As summed up in At Work, the findings of this study drive home the importance of treating claimants respectfully and giving them the information they need.

Read in the Fall 2019 issue of At Work

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World Congress 2020 extends deadline for presentation proposals

Do you have successes to share or insights to explore with others in the global occupational health and safety community? Submit your proposal to present your strategic solutions, research findings or industry innovations at the XXII World Congress on Safety and Health at Work. The deadline for submissions has been extended to January 15, 2020.

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Claimants’ perceptions of fair treatment by case managers are linked to lower odds of poor mental health.

Return-to-work communication problems in large and complex organizations tend to arise for two crucial roles: case manager and supervisor.

Studies of COR programs in B.C., Alberta find certified firms have 12 to 14 per cent greater reduction in injury rates.

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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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Events

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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