Best practices for work disability prevention management systems: a scoping review in support of new Canadian standard

Reasons for the study

In June 2016, the Canadian Standards Association (CSA) Group, Centre of Research Expertise for the Prevention of Musculoskeletal Disorders (CRE-MSD) and Centre for Research on Work Disability Policy (CRWDP) co-hosted a webinar to inform stakeholders about plans to develop a Canadian standard for work disability prevention management systems that can be used by organizations to systematically manage their work disability prevention activities. The proposed standard will include a framework for the prevention and management of work disability at the organizational level, and for hiring and retaining workers with disabilities. It will integrate current research evidence, as well as the viewpoints and successful practices of multiple stakeholders. An implementation guide will be developed to complement the standard. This project will help provide the current research evidence needed to support the development of the standard.

Objectives of the study

  • Gather and synthesize evidence from the academic literature (e.g. peer-reviewed¬†journals) and grey literature (e.g.¬†reports, policy documents, guidelines) on best practices for work disability prevention management systems.¬†

Anticipated results/impact

The findings from this study will be used to help inform the development of the standard being spearheaded by the CSA Group. They will also be of interest to stakeholders in the workplace disability prevention arena, including employers, workers and worker representatives, injured workers and people with disabilities, clinicians, workers' compensation agencies, insurance companies, policy-makers and researchers.

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Project status

Completed 2019

Research team

  • Emile Tompa, Institute for Work & Health (PI)
  • Emma Irvin, Institute for Work & Health
  • Quenby Mahood, Institute for Work & Health
  • Amin Yazdani, Conestoga College

Participating organizations

  • CSA Group