At Work

Current issue: At Work 101 (Summer 2020)

Employers face complex challenges in supporting workers with episodic health conditions. Workers' decisions to report job-related injuries to workers' compensation boards linked to their exposure to common work hazards. Economic evaluation compares the costs and benefits of silica dust prevention methods in construction

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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What research can do: Estimating the role of workplaces in COVID-19 transmissions

By using two sources of information in Ontario, we can estimate the incidence of COVID-19 infections that arose from workplace transmission during the first six months of the pandemic.
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Comparing the costs, benefits of silica dust prevention methods for construction workers

Construction workplaces can use different methods to reduce exposure to silica dust and protect workers from cancer down the road. But which methods should they opt for? A cost-benefit analysis led by IWH offers some guidance.
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Workplaces face many complex challenges when managing episodic disabilities: study

Employers are recognizing that they need a new model of disability management to support workers with episodic health conditions, according to a new IWH study. These conditions can raise a host of issues for workplaces, including issues of trust, stigma and privacy.
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Workers exposed to common hazards more likely to report their injuries: IWH study

Building upon research showing high rates of under-reporting, an IWH study explores factors linked to whether workers report their injuries to a workers' compensation board.
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Understanding challenges in hospitals’ workplace violence reporting systems

How consistently and reliably are hospital violence incidents reported in Ontario? An IWH research team surveyed workers at six hospitals in the province in 2017. Despite mandatory reporting, the results showed great variation in reporting patterns.