At Work

Current issue: At Work 100 (Spring 2020)

Nearly six in 10 health-care workers felt anxiety at levels surpassing a threshold for clinical screening—and inadequate personal protective equipment (PPE) was a significant factor. One in 12 surveyed workers use cannabis at or just before work, a level unchanged since before recreational cannabis was legalized. Tips on setting up a temporary home office using ergonomics principles—and stretches to use if you feel aches and pains

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

A woman with a bandaged left arm fills out injury claim form

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 show great variation in reporting patterns.
A grey coronavirus amid question marks

IWH researchers adapting research for the COVID-19 context

To explore the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on the intersection between work and health, IWH scientists are adapting studies already underway.
A health-care worker wearing a face mask and body covering

Anxiety levels among health-care workers during COVID-19 linked to inadequate PPE

Nearly six in 10 surveyed health-care workers in Canada reported anxiety levels surpassing an accepted threshold for clinical screening for the condition. Workers who reported more unmet PPE needs also reported higher levels of anxiety, according to a study by OHCOW.
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What research can do: How IWH research is responding to COVID-19

COVID-19 affects the work and health of people in Canada and around the world in vastly different ways. Research on the experiences of workers, and the effects of the pandemic on their health, is essential. Here's how IWH researchers are responding.