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IWH scientist awarded 2018-19 Mayday Pain and Society Fellowship

Institute for Work & Health Scientist Dr. Andrea Furlan is among 12 pain experts in the United States and Canada to win a 2018-19 Mayday Pain and Society Fellowship. The 12 winners will attend a four-day workshop in Washington, D.C. to learn skills to effectively communicate and advocate for the translation of scientific research and evidence-based best practices in pain care and management.

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IWH Speaker Series—March 20: Understanding flame retardant hazards in e-waste recycling

As a result of efforts to stem the export of electronic waste to low- and middle-income countries, e-waste recycling is a growing industry in parts of Canada. At an IWH Speaker Series presentation on March 20, Dr. Victoria Arrandale of the Occupational Cancer Research Centre discusses the hazards faced by e-waste recycling workers. She focuses on the hazards of flame retardants, which have been linked to endocrine disruption, neurological outcomes and reproductive effects.

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WSPS small business strategy taps into IWH's model of breakthrough change

In 2016, IWH Scientist Dr. Lynda Robson created a model of “breakthrough change” based on her research into the critical factors behind large and sustained occupational health and safety improvements in organizations. In a new impact case study, Workplace Safety and Prevention Services (WSPS) Small Business Director Harry Stewart describes the many ways WSPS's small business strategy builds on that model, which he describes as the "foundation for how we’re moving forward." 

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Join us May 8-9 at Work, Migration & Health Forum

On May 8 and 9, 2018, join researchers, advocates and policy-makers in Toronto at the Work, Health and Migration Forum. The event, hosted by the Occupational Health Clinics for Ontario Workers (OHCOW) and the Dalla Lana School of Public Health, is examining the labour experiences of temporary foreign workers, new immigrants, refugees, working international students and undocumented migrants. IWH and Wellesley Institute are sponsoring the event.

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Read the Winter 2018 issue of At Work

Learn about the experiences of newcomers to Canada when looking for and finding a job–and what they’re told or not told about their health and safety rights and responsibilities. Read about a systematic review on the link between work outcomes and opioids prescribed to treat acute musculoskeletal disorders (MSDs). Find out the impact an injury can have on family members, and how compensation systems can respond to help improve recovery. And more ....

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Institute for Work & Health welcomes new member to the KTE Advisory Committee

The Institute for Work & Health (IWH) is honoured to welcome Tom Zach to its Knowledge Transfer and Exchange Advisory Committee (KTEAC). Zach has worked as a communications professional within the public and private sectors for over 30 years. Currently, he is the director of government and stakeholder relations at the Public Services Health and Safety Association. He is there on secondment from his previous position as director of communications and marketing for the Ontario Ministry of Labour. Zach replaces Maria Papoutsis, who retired last year from her role as director of the Health and Safety Policy Branch at the Ontario Ministry of Labour.

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Measuring the burden of cancer in Ontario

How many workers in Ontario develop cancer due to work exposure to the sun every year? What about exposure to diesel exhaust or crystalline silica? In an ambitious collaborative project, a team of researchers from across Canada have sorted through census records going back 40 years to estimate the number of people exposed to carcinogens at work. Dr. Paul Demers, director of the Occupational Cancer Research Centre and one of the scientists on the team, recently shared his methods and findings at an IWH Speakers Series presentation.

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CRE-MSD webinar offers scan of disability management options in Canadian workplaces

Learn about good practices for reducing work disability in an upcoming webinar by IWH Senior Scientist Dr. Emile Tompa and University of Waterloo’s Dr. Amin Yazdani. As part of their work on developing the Canadian Standard for Work Disability Prevention Management Systems, Tompa and Yazdani have conducted interviews with representatives of exemplary organizations, policy-makers, and program providers across Canada. They share findings of this environmental scan in a noon-hour webinar on February 23. And in a second webinar on March 2, the two are back to offer updates on the development of the standard. Both webinars are offered by the Centre of Researoch Expertise for the Prevention of Musculoskeletal Disorders (CRE-MSD). Both require registration.

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Help us find out what works in MSD prevention

Help us learn about current workplace strategies to prevent work-related musculoskeletal disorders (MSDs). Take our survey, and tell us what MSD prevention practices you or your workplace are currently using, what is working and what is challenging. Your answers will help shape an easy-to-use free guide that details how to manage MSDs in the workplace, being developed by a team of researchers at IWH.

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IWH in the media: Can data help prevent workplace injuries and death?

Can big data—and its less complex sibling, routine data—help prevent injuries and death? Yes, say Institute for Work & Health (IWH)'s Dr. Chris McLeod and Dr. Cameron Mustard in a January 28, 2018, article in the Journal of Commerce. Routine data has been put to productive use in Ontario, where the Ministry of Labour learned that falls from heights (more than three metres) were the biggest cause of traumatic death in the construction industry, says Mustard, president of IWH.