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


IWH Systematic Review Workshop—May 14-16: Only a few spots left

The Institute for Work & Health's Spring 2018 Systematic Review Workshop is set to take place May 14-16 in Toronto. Designed for clinical trainees, clinicians, decision-makers, academics and researchers, this popular workshop teaches you how to plan, conduct and communicate the results of a systematic review. If interested, please register soon. Space is limited and almost full.

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IWH now accepting applications for Syme fellowships

The Institute for Work & Health is now accepting applications for its 2018-2019 S. Leonard Syme Training Fellowships in Work & Health. The fellowships are for early-career researchers at the master's or doctoral level intending to study work and health. Typically, the Institute awards three fellowships of $5,000 each competition, although it occasionally awards one major fellowship of up to $15,000. The deadline for applications is June 8.

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Now recruiting: managers who have accommodated workers with chronic diseases

We need your help. If you’re a manager or supervisor with experience accommodating employees with chronic physical or mental health conditions, we’d like to hear from you for a study on talking about workplace accommodation needs. Tell us about the challenges you faced supporting employees with chronic health conditions while also balancing privacy concerns. Your participation would consist of a confidential phone interview of about 30 to 40 minutes.

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IWH economist provides business case for hiring workers with mental illness

A summary report released today the Mental Health Commission of Canada (MHCC), A clear business case for hiring aspiring workers, suggests opening the doors to aspiring workers living with mental illness is a win-win for employers and employees. The report summarizes an in-depth MHCC research study that examined the costs and benefits of recruiting and retaining people living with mental illness.

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Work, Migration and Health Forum—May 8-9: IWH researcher discusses newcomers and OHS

In Canada, migrant workers and newcomers are among those disproportionally affected by precarious employment. On May 8-9, the Work, Migration and Health Forum will examine the labour experiences of Canada’s migrants and newcomers, including temporary foreign workers, new immigrants, refugees, international students and undocumented migrants. IWH’s Dr. Basak Yanar, one of the keynote speakers, discusses newcomers’ experiences looking for work and finding information about health and safety. Registration is free for newcomers and migrants.

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Newcomers often lack OHS protection and information in their precarious first jobs. Settlement agencies may be able to help.

Studies consistently link opioids prescribed to treat acute MSDs with longer work disability, but it's not necessarily cause and effect.

Family members play an important role in the aftermath of a work injury, and their support during recovery should be acknowledged. 

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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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