At Work

Current issue: At Work 105 (Summer 2021)

IWH is launching a two-year telementoring pilot program to build capacity among primary health-care providers in Ontario to treat occupational and environmental injuries and illnesses. Workers with both physical and mental health disabilities were the most worried about their jobs, health and finances during the early part of pandemic. Workers lacking minimum employment standards in their jobs are at increased risk of work injury, IWH study finds.

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

Vector of masked workers standing in front of workplaces with coronovirus surrounding them, implying impact of COVID on workers

What research can do: Partnering on a tool to estimate occupational risks of COVID

Public Health Ontario and Institute for Work & Health collaborate on a tool to estimate the occupational exposures that put workers at risk of COVID-19
A worker bends over, cutting paving stones in a landscaping job

Inadequate employment standards, OHS vulnerability add to higher injury risks

IWH researchers found workers whose jobs fail to offer minimum employment standards are at an increased risk of work injury. When these workers also face health and safety vulnerability on the job, their risk of injury is even higher than the combined risk.
Close-up of file folders of funding projects

Grant round-up: A selection of new studies supported by external grants in 2020-21

IWH researchers are studying issues ranging from opioid-related harms among Canadian workers to supporting first responders with post-traumatic stress injuries, thanks to funding from external granting bodies
A masked worker riding a bus

COVID worries highest among workers with both physical, mental health disabilities

People with both physical and mental health disabilities were the most concerned about their work, health and finances during the early part of the pandemic.
Two men lift heavy furniture off a truck

Emerging evidence points to negative health effects of physical work demands

Recent studies are suggesting physically demanding work can have negative effects on workers’ cardiovascular health. At a recent IWH Speaker Series presentation, Associate Scientist Dr. Avi Biswas discussed how workplaces and policy-makers can help.