At Work

Current issue: At Work 110 (Fall 2022)

Employers describe their challenges providing OHS support and training to newcomers. Older workers cite ageism, job insecurity among reasons they’re reluctant to disclose support needs. Seven in 10 claimants still experience pain more than a year after a work injury. And more....

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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Two male workers assemble vegetable crates in a warehouse

Employers struggle to provide newcomers with OHS training, support: IWH study

Employers are responsible for providing OHS training and support to keep workers safe. When it comes to workers who are new to Canada, workplaces face particular challenges following through on this responsibility.
Construction work on the new Victoria Bridge in downtown Saskatoon

What research can do: Sector safety group helps members measure OHS with IWH safety culture tool

The IWH-OPM is an eight-item safety culture measure that has been used across Canada and beyond to help workplaces measure OHS performance. Among its most recent applications is its use by the Saskatchewan Construction Safety Association, which is rolling it out, in several waves, to member firms.
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Older workers not prone to ask for employer support, citing ageism and other issues

Many older workers are in no hurry to retire, but they may have support needs they're reluctant to divulge. An IWH team explores the reasons and suggests ways workplaces can provide support despite the absence of disclosure.
An overhead shot of a teacher, sitting in front of two laptops in a cramped corner of her home office

Study of educators during pandemic found psychosocial conditions worse for those teaching online

In the fall of 2020, Ontario educators who taught in a virtual environment felt isolated and unsupported, while those working in-person experienced anxiety related to the risk of COVID transmission. That’s according a study of Ontario teachers, conducted by OHCOW and IWH.