At Work 94 (Fall 2018)

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IWH review outlines promising strategies to prevent prescribed opioid abuse

Since the start of the opioid crisis in the late 1990s, communities across North America have tried many different strategies to curb the misuse and abuse of prescription opioids. A new IWH systematic review identifies the most promising ones.
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What research can do: Drawing on IWH’s Seven ‘Principles’ in return-to-work policies, practices

The Seven 'Principles' for Successful Return to Work is far and away the most downloaded item on the IWH website. We tracked down a few examples of how it has been used by workplaces and clinical practitioners.
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Calculating the costs of employers’ work-related injury prevention efforts in Ontario

You often hear OHS professionals and advocates talk about the costs of work-related injuries. But what about the costs of preventing the injuries? An IWH research team recently set out to calculate employer OHS investments in Ontario.
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Grant round-up: Emerging issues and innovative prevention approaches seen in latest IWH projects

This latest grant round-up features three projects including: a partnership grant examining accommodation and communication issues related to chronic, episodic conditions; a study on the use of and attitudes towards cannabis at work; and a project on integrating OHS and health promotion.
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Developing a new screening tool of psychosocial hazards

When the Occupational Health Clinics for Ontario Workers (OHCOW) set out to create a tool to help workplaces tackle psychosocial hazards, IWH was there to lend its tool development expertise.
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Slight improvements seen in workplace psychosocial conditions over 10 years

How have psychosocial work conditions changed in Canada over a 10-year time frame? Data from Statscan surveys suggest a slight improvement, but the IWH researchers behind the analysis are cautious in their interpretations.
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IWH Updates

IWH’s Dr. Peter Smith named to executive team ~ Announcing 2018/19 Syme fellows ~ Conference to review strategy on improving work opportunities for people with disabilities