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What helps workers with MSDs, pain or mental health conditions return to work?

What workplace-based interventions are effective in helping workers with musculoskeletal disorders, pain and/or mental health conditions return to work (RTW)? What does the research literature say about the effectiveness of case management, work hardening, physician training and other practices on RTW outcomes? Our new Sharing Best Evidence summarizes findings of a systematic review.

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IWH Speaker Series presentation: Introducing a new CSA standard on work disability management systems

On February 4, CRWDP director and IWH Senior Scientist Dr. Emile Tompa introduces a new standard created by the CSA Group, in conjunction with the Centre for Research on Work Disability Policy (CRWDP) and Conestoga College. At the IWH Speaker Series presentation, Tompa discusses how the Work Disability Management Systems Standard (CSA Z1011) sets out best practices on injury/illness rehabilitation, return-to-work plans, and accommodation of workers with disabilities.

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Using coroner data to examine role of cannabis in workplace deaths among recently funded IWH projects

Exploring the use of coroner data to understand the impact of cannabis on work-related deaths, anticipating future labour-market challenges facing young people with disabilities, tracking long-term outcomes for workers’ compensation claimants: these are just some of the new projects under way at IWH, thanks to external grants awarded over the past year.

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Pan-Canadian strategy on disability and work unveiled at conference

After two years of extensive consultation with a host of stakeholders, the pan-Canadian strategy on greater inclusion of people with disabilities in the labour market is now out. The strategy was unveiled in December at the 2019 Disability and Work in Canada Conference, where participants looked ahead for opportunities to make progress with concrete, achievable initiatives.

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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. Basak Yanar joins Eduardo Huesca of Occupational Health Clinics for Ontario Workers (OHCOW) to talk about OHS capacity-building workshops for settlement agencies. They also discuss opportunities for Ontario’s OHS system partners to further support the settlement sector.

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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.

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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. World Congress 2020, co-hosted by IWH and the Canadian Centre for Occupational Health and Safety, takes place in Toronto, October 4-7.

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IWH 2018-19 annual report highlights what research can do

What can IWH research do? It can point to injuries and illnesses emerging in today’s working environment. It can find new solutions and best practices to prevent work injuries and disabilities. It can evaluate the effectiveness of system-level health, safety and disability prevention policies and programs. Our 2018-19 annual report, now out, highlights examples of IWH work during the year ending March 31, 2019, that did just this.