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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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Webinar: Supporting young adults with chronic episodic health conditions

Millennials represent a growing proportion of the labour market. A chronic, episodic disease can be a source of unpredictability that add to the challenges these young adults face in finding and keeping a job. On Thursday, April 4, hear Dr. Arif Jetha discuss the unique labour market experiences of young people with chronic conditions. Learn about accommodations that may help them, as well as the barriers they face accessing these workplace supports. This free webinar is offered by the Workplace Wellness and Disability Prevention Institute.

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IWH welcomes new board member

The Institute for Work & Health has a new board member: Dr. Andréane Chénier. Chénier is a national representative specializing in health and safety for the Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE). She brings the public-sector worker perspective as a representative on many committees, including the Ministry of Labour’s Prevention Council, where she’s the labour co-chair on the Section 21 committee for health care. Chénier has master's degree in immunology from the University of Ottawa, and a doctorate in biomolecular sciences from Laurentian University.

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Job opportunity: IWH seeking Assistant Project Manager for World Congress 2020

IWH is seeking a qualified person for the position of Assistant Project Manager to help with the World Congress on Safety and Health at Work, taking place in Toronto in October 2020. The World Congress is the world’s largest event for the international occupational health and safety community and will draw more than 3500 delegates from more than 150 countries. As part of the World Congress project team, the Assistant Project Manager will play a central role in coordinating the planning for this global event. The deadline for applications is April 20, 2018.

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Research impact: WHO rehabilitation guidelines build on IWH systematic reviews

In February 2017, the World Health Organization released its report Rehabilitation in health systems. Aimed primarily at low- and middle-income countries, the report sets out evidence-based recommendations to help government leaders and health policy-makers develop or extend rehabilitation services and deliver them equitably within existing health systems. Five of the nine recommendations contained in the report relied on the evidence synthesized by a research team from the Institute for Work & Health.

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Study: Newcomers often lack OHS protection and information in their precarious first jobs

Four themes emerged in an Institute for Work & Health study on the labour market experiences of newcomers to Canada: they have great difficulty finding work; their first jobs are often precarious; they rely heavily on community networks; and their knowledge of workplace health and safety is limited. The researchers suggest more settlement agencies offer OHS information as a regular part of their language training and employment preparation services, as some already do.

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Study: Family members play important role in work injury recovery

When someone gets injured, family members often rally to help with chores, shoulder the child- or elder-care burden, and cope with the financial impact. The support family members provide in the aftermath of an injury runs the gamut and yet is seldom formally acknowledged by compensation systems in policy or procedure. This is according to a study conducted in Australia by an IWH scientist while she was there on sabbatical.

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IWH Speaker Series—March 27: Differences in risk of workplace violence for women and men

Workplace violence is getting increasing attention, especially in sectors such as health care and education. On March 27, IWH Speaker Series presents Institute for Work & Health Senior Scientist Dr. Peter Smith, who will talk about two of his recent studies on differences in the risk of workplace violence for men and women. One examined the contribution of work-related factors to the risk of different types of violence, and the other examined risks in different Ontario industries.

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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.