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What were Canadian workers thinking about cannabis use before legalization?

One year ago today, non-medical cannabis was legalized in Canada. Four months before legalization, researchers from the Institute for Work & Health surveyed workers across Canada to find out about their use of, and beliefs about, cannabis at work. These researchers are surveying this same group of workers (and more) for three years post-legalization to find out if their use and beliefs are changing. Some of the findings from the pre-legalization survey are now available in an infographic.

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New video looks at participatory ergonomics in long-term care

Front-line staff are the experts when it comes to spotting workplace musculoskeletal disorder (MSD) hazards and proposing solutions. That's the main idea behind an injury prevention approach called "participatory ergonomics." A new video outlines what we learned, thanks to a project with Public Services Health & Safety Association, about implementing this approach in the long-term care sector.

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New website offers workplace information on accommodating and communicating about episodic disabilities

Accommodating and Communicating about Episodic Disabilities (ACED), a five-year partnership led by the Institute for Work & Health (IWH), is developing evidence-based workplace resources to support the sustained employment of people with chronic, intermittent and often-invisible disabilities (e.g. depression, arthritis, HIV/AIDs, Crohn’s disease, ulcerative colitis, multiple sclerosis and more). Today, IWH launched a website to share information about the ACED project, the partners involved, and the findings and tools as they become available.

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IWH Speaker Series presentation: Trends in depression and anxiety among Canadian labour market participants (2000-2016)

Despite much effort aimed at improving the mental health of Canadians, we still know little about the prevalence of two common mental health conditions across the working population. In an October 22 IWH Speaker Series presentation, Institute Research Associate Kathleen Dobson shares her doctoral research exploring trends in depression and anxiety disorders among working-age Canadians, from 2000 to 2016.

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IWH's Nachemson lecture not taking place this year

Wonder why you haven’t heard about this year’s Alf Nachemson Memorial Lecture, hosted by IWH every fall and delivered by a renowned expert in the occupational health and safety (OHS) or disability prevention research and policy arena? You haven’t heard anything because we’re not holding the lecture this year⁠—or next. It’s all hands on deck here at the Institute as we prepare for the XXII World Congress on Safety and Health at Work, taking place in Toronto October 4-7, 2020. We’ll miss seeing you at the Nachemson lecture, but we hope you’re coming to World Congress 2020.

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Now hiring: Manager, Knowledge transfer & exchange

The Institute is currently seeking a qualified person to fill the position of Manager, Knowledge Transfer & Exchange. As a member of the Institute’s management team, this person will be responsible for supervising our knowledge transfer activities and direct a team of knowledge transfer associates in building vibrant relations with thought leaders in organized labour, employer communities, health care, occupational health and safety, disability management and regulatory authorities. The deadline for application is October 25, 2019.

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Manitoba OHS dashboard lets companies compare themselves with the competition

Ever wonder how your company stacks up against your competitors on occupational health and safety (OHS) performance? Building construction companies in Manitoba can now do just that. Developed by IWH and the Construction Safety Association of Manitoba (CSAM), the INDICATOR dashboard and benchmark lets building construction employers in the province compare themselves against others of the same size, subsector or region on several OHS leading indicators. In a recent At Work article, IWH Senior Scientist Dr. Ben Amick explains how this benchmark stands out from the rest.

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Supervisor’s response to work injury matters to return to work: Our latest video

Supervisors are busy. They’re always juggling multiple demands for their time and attention. But that moment when they learn a worker is injured, do they react with concern and empathy or blame and skepticism? As the latest research-based video from the Institute sums up, a supervisor’s response can make a difference to whether an injured worker returns to work successfully within a few months. It’s one of the ways supervisors matter.

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IWH’s Dr. Arif Jetha promoted to scientist

Congratulations to Dr. Arif Jetha, who has been promoted from associate scientist to scientist at the Institute. Jetha, who joined IWH in 2015 as a Mustard post-doctoral fellow, focuses his research on life-course differences in the work participation of people living with chronic disabling conditions, with a particular interest in the early labour market experiences of millennial young adults. Details about Jetha’s projects are available on his IWH website bio page.

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Topic pages now posted on the IWH website

Looking for research findings and resources on our website about a particular topic? Try our “Selected topics” page. You'll find it under “Our research” on the drop-down menu. From aging to young workers, from cannabis to violence at work, from health care to construction, we might just have the collection of research summaries, journal articles, tools and presentations on your topic of interest.