At Work

Current issue: At Work 98 (Fall 2019)

Claimants’ perceptions of fair treatment by case managers are linked to lower odds of poor mental health. Return-to-work communication problems in large, complex organizations tend to arise for two crucial roles. Studies of COR programs in B.C., Alberta find certified firms have 12 to 14 per cent greater reduction in injury rates.

At Work is the flagship newsletter of the Institute for Work & Health. Published quarterly and available as a pdf or online, the newsletter includes engaging and lay-friendly articles reporting on the Institute’s latest research findings in the areas of work injury, illness and disability prevention. The newsletter also shares stories of how these findings are applied in practice, as well as the impact they are having on improving outcomes for workers, employers and policy-makers.

Latest articles

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Strategy for greater workforce inclusion of people with disabilities announced

Advocates for greater inclusion of people with disabilities in the labour force now have a roadmap to guide their efforts. Developed in broad consultation, the pan-Canadian strategy is built on disability-confident workplaces and comprehensive supports for persons with disabilities.
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Estimating the societal costs of work injuries and illnesses in five EU countries

To help European Union countries set priorities and analyze potential benefits of tackling work-related hazards, an IWH team developed and implemented a new method for estimating the societal costs of work injuries and illnesses.
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Grant round-up: Anticipating future risks among externally funded projects under way at IWH

Anticipating future challenges facing young people with disabilities, exploring the use of coroner data to understand the impact of cannabis on workplace safety, tracking long-term outcomes for workers' compensation claimants: a look at new projects under way at IWH.
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What research can do: IWH researchers help MPs examine episodic disabilities and work issues

IWH senior scientists presented expert testimony to a federal standing committee looking at the needs of people with episodic disabilities—an example of how research can support policy-makers in addressing important societal issues
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Employers certified by COR programs have greater reduction in injury rates: studies

Although COR programs are offered in most provinces and territories across the country, little research has been done on their effectiveness. A research program recently examined workers' compensation data in B.C. and Alberta for links between certification and injury rates.
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