Project directory

The project directory includes Institute for Work & Health (IWH) research studies that were initiated in 2015 onward (as well as a few large studies that were ongoing in 2015). The directory also includes studies conducted under IWH’s Systematic Review Program since it began in 2005. For information on Institute studies initiated before 2015, see our Accomplishments Reports. Studies are either ongoing or completed. Ongoing studies are listed in alphabetical order. Completed studies are listed by year of completion, beginning with the most recently completed.

Project title Status

Estimating the financial benefits of OHS prevention expenditures: a study of Ontario employers

Research team: Cameron Mustard (PI), Emile Tompa


Evaluating prevention strategies to reduce the risk of work-related cancers in Ontario’s construction sector

Research team: Emile Tompa (PI), Young Jung, Amir Mofidi


Occupational injury risks in Ontario

Research team: Cameron Mustard (PI), Aviroop Biswas, Victoria Landsman, Lynda Robson, Peter Smith


Workplace cannabis use and perceptions among Canadian workers

Research team: Nancy Carnide (PI), Peter Smith (PI), Andrea Furlan, Michael Frone, Shawna Meister, Amy Porath-Waller, Kim Slade


Developing recommendations for an integrated approach to workplace health protection and health promotion

Research team: Aviroop Biswas (PI), Momtaz Begum, Monique Gignac, Peter Smith, Dwayne Van Eerd

Completed 2020

Evaluating the implementation and effectiveness of Ontario’s working-at-heights training standard

Research team: Lynda Robson (PI), Ben Amick, Cameron Mustard, Peter Smith, Victoria Landsman

Completed 2020

MSD prevention: a practical implementation guide for Newfoundland and Labrador

Research team: Dwayne Van Eerd (PI), Emma Irvin (PI), Siobhan Cardoso, Maggie Tiong

Completed 2020

Occupational health and safety performance in Ontario's unionized construction sector

Research team: Lynda Robson (PI), Cameron Mustard (PI), Victoria Landsman, Desiree Latour-Villamil, Hyunmi Lee

Completed 2020

Evaluating the implementation of a participatory organizational change intervention in long-term care

Research team: Dwayne Van Eerd (PI), Ben Amick, Kim Cullen, Teresa D'Elia, Era Mae Ferron, Sheilah Hogg-Johnson, Cameron Mustard, Lynda Robson, Ivan Steenstra, Henrietta Van Hulle, Richard Wells

Completed 2019

Identifying relevant OHS leading indicators in Manitoba's construction sector

Research team: Ben Amick (PI), Dwayne Van Eerd, Jonathan Fan, Sara Macdonald, Christopher McLeod, Colette Severin, Mike Jones (PI)

Completed 2019

Evaluating the impact of mandatory awareness training on occupational health and safety vulnerability in Ontario

Research team: Peter Smith (PI), Curtis Breslin, Morgan Lay, Ron Saunders, Emile Tompa, Anthony LaMontagne

Completed 2018

IWH Organizational Performance Metric: Developing and evaluating a simple workplace OHS tool

Research team: Ben Amick (PI), Lynda Robson (PI), Sheilah Hogg-Johnson, Peter Smith, Michael Swift, Sabrina Tonima, Karen Turner, Dwayne Van Eerd, Basak Yanar

Completed 2018

Addressing literacy and numeracy gaps among workers in an OHS training program: a pilot study

Research team: Ron Saunders (PI), Curtis Breslin, Siobhan Cardoso, Morgane Le Pouésard, Karen Myers

Completed 2017

Determinants of health and safety in unionized and non-unionized firms in Ontario’s construction sector

Research team: Ben Amick (PI), Sheilah Hogg-Johnson (PI), Desiree Latour-Villamil, Ron Saunders, Paul Demers, Christopher McLeod

Completed 2017

Employer investments in occupational health and safety: establishing benchmarks for Ontario

Research team: Cameron Mustard (PI), Sabrina Imam, Morgan Lay, Kay Nasir, Emile Tompa

Completed 2017

Evaluating an internal responsibility system audit tool for Ontario’s mining sector

Research team: Cameron Mustard (PI), Victoria Landsman, Lynda Robson

Completed 2017

Implementation of workplace violence legislation in Ontario hospitals

Research team: Agnieszka Kosny (PI), Era Mae Ferron, Monique Gignac, Cameron Mustard, Lynda Robson, Sabrina Tonima, Andrea Chambers

Completed 2017

Synthesizing and tailoring OHS knowledge for use in specific provincial and local contexts

Research team: Emma Irvin (PI), Stephen Bornstein (PI), Kim Cullen, Ron Saunders, Dwayne Van Eerd, Amanda Butt, Leslie Johnson, Steve Passmore

Completed 2017

Breakthrough change: understanding why and how workplaces make large improvements in OHS performance

Research team: Lynda Robson (PI), Ben Amick, Siobhan Cardoso, Sheilah Hogg-Johnson, Cindy Moser, Kathy Padkapayeva, Michael Swift, Harriet South, Emile Tompa, Elizabeth Mansfield, Mark Pagell, Harry Shannon

Completed 2016

Developing a framework for understanding and measuring OHS vulnerability

Research team: Peter Smith (PI), Curtis Breslin, Basak Yanar, Morgan Lay, Marni Lifshen, Ron Saunders, Emile Tompa, Anthony LaMontagne

Completed 2016

Effective workplace interventions to prevent upper extremity disorders: a systematic review update

Research team: Dwayne Van Eerd (PI), Claire Munhall, Emma Irvin, Dave Rempel, Shelley Brewer, Allard van der Beek, Jack Dennerlein, Jessica Tullar, Kathryn Skivington, Clint Pinion, Ben Amick

Completed 2016

Ontario Leading Indicators Project

Research team: Ben Amick (PI), Sheilah Hogg-Johnson, Cameron Mustard, Lynda Robson, Peter Smith, Ivan Steenstra, Colette Severin, Michael Swift, Selahadin Ibrahim, Sara Macdonald

Completed 2015

Effectiveness of training and education for the protection of workers: a systematic review

Research team: Lynda Robson (PI), Carol Stephenson (PI), Paul Schulte, Ben Amick, Stella Chan, Amber Bielecky, Anna Wang, Terri Heidotting, Emma Irvin, Don Eggerth, Robert Peters, Judy Clarke, Kim Cullen, Lani Boldt, Cathy Rotunda, Paula Grubb

Completed 2010

Effectiveness and implementation of health and safety programs in small enterprises: a systematic review of quantitative and qualitative literature

Research team: Ellen MacEachen (PI), Curtis Breslin (PI), Natasha Kyle, Agnieszka Kosny, Philip Bigelow, Quenby Mahood, Krista Scott-Dixon, Sara Morassaei, Marcia Facey, Lori Chambers, Rachel Couban, Harry Shannon, Kim Cullen, Ben Amick

Completed 2008

Process and implementation of participatory ergonomics interventions: a systematic review

Research team: Dwayne Van Eerd (PI), Donald Cole, Emma Irvin, Quenby Mahood, Kiera Keown, Nancy Theberge, Judy Village, Marie St. Vincent, Kim Cullen, Heather Widdrington

Completed 2008