Document directory

Tools and guides
This tool assesses the extent to which a worker may be vulnerable to occupational health and safety (OHS) risks at work in four areas: hazard exposure; workplace policies and procedures; worker awareness of hazards and OHS rights and responsibilities; and worker empowerment to participate in injury and illness prevention.
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Miscellaneous documents
Amick B
The Ontario Leading Indicators Project (OLIP) was a study conducted by the Institute for Work & Health from 2011-2014 that included a survey made up of five different leading indicator measures. This benchmarking table allows organizations to compare their scores with organizations in Ontario's construction, transportation or electrical & utilities sectors.
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Research Highlights
Older men and women with work-related injuries remain off work on benefits longer than other workers, and this longer time off work is not explained by the type or severity of their injuries.
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Impact case studies
New workers are in the spotlight after IWH research show workers are at much greater risk of injury in the first month of the job.
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Impact case studies
Why the U.S. federal agency OSHA cites IWH research to bolster changes in its approach to enforcement.
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Impact case studies
With regulatory change, Ontario's Ministry of Labour addresses gap in experience rating system after IWH study shows temp workers falling through the cracks.
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Impact case studies
The eight-item IWH-OPM is used in several provinces to strengthen safety performance in workplaces.
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Project reports
Tompa E, Kalcevich C, McLeod CB, Lebeau M, Fong D, McLeod K, Kim J, Demers P
This November 2015 presentation provides an early look at the results of an economic burden study on the costs to Canadian society of new cases of lung cancers and mesothelioma attributable to occupational asbestos exposures in a particular year.
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Annual Reports
Promoting a Culture of Occupational Health and Safety: The Institute for Work & Health's 2014 Annual Report
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KTE resources
Moser C
This 2015 presentation shares the results of a survey conducted by IWH to learn about the communication preferences and practices of people working in occupational health and safety, disability management and workers' compensation.
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Issue Briefing
An IWH study found strongly diverging trends in the annual incidence of occupational injury and non-occupational injury among working-age adults in Ontario from 2004 to 2011. This Issue Briefing highlights opportunities to improve the monitoring of injury across Canada.
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Impact case studies
Researchers and clinicians alike have embraced the 20-year-old measure that assesses function and disability among people with upper extremity musculoskeletal disorders.
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5 Things We Think You Should Know
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Accomplishments Reports
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Tools and guides
eOfficeErgo is an evidence-based and standard-compliant online training program designed for employees who regularly use computers on the job and would benefit from self-directed online training on the proper way to set up and work at office workstations in order to prevent musculoskeletal disorders and other injuries. 
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Tools and guides
QuickDecks are slides summarizing findings from systematic reviews on the treatment of back and neck pain in adults. The slides are based on reviews published in the Cochrane Library, and are compiled by Cochrane Back and Neck, housed at the Institute for Work & Health.
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Impact case studies
Study by IWH "points us in the right direction," says former WSIB exec.
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Impact case studies
IWH conference on experience rating and financial incentives helps shape review of claims suppression.
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Impact case studies
IWH opioid and chronic pain expert, Dr. Andrea Furlan, helps shape new rules in her role on drug advisory committee.
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Impact case studies
Brookfield Johnson Controls turns to the IWH-OPM after deciding to shift focus away from lagging indicators.
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Impact case studies
A new case management system for delivering services to injured workers and employers in Ontario leads to improved return-to-work outcomes.
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Issue Briefing
This Issue Briefing highlights findings from two reports by Prism Economics and Analysis—one for Ontario’s Workplace Safety and Insurance Board and the other for the Workers Compensation Board of Manitoba—on the incidence and risk of claim suppression.
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Annual Reports
The Changing Nature of Work and the Workforce: The Institute for Work & Health's 2013 Annual Report
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Project reports
Tompa E, Scott-Marshall H, Ballantyne P, Saunders R, Hogg-Johnson S
This report shares the findings from a study on the prevalence of poverty among permanently impaired injured workers across different time periods and receiving benefits from different legislative programs.
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Project reports
MacEachen E, Saunders R, Lippel K, Kosny A, Mansfield L, Carrasco C
How are temporary work agencies organized to manage injury prevention and return to work in light of their non-standard organization? How can we better protect the workplace health of temporary work agency workers? This report shares the results of a study that aimed to answer these questions, focusing on job placements for unskilled and semi-skilled jobs by temporary agencies of all sizes.
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Impact case studies
Institute expertise tapped to evaluate agency's safety perception tool--and to provide a better alternative.
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Impact case studies
The toolkit, called Prevention is the Best Medicine, hopes to bridge the knowledge gap among newcomers of OHS and workers' compensation issues.
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Impact case studies
IWH evaluation of high risk firm program confirms need for a redesign.
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5 Things We Think You Should Know
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Project reports
Chambers A, Mustard C
To help stakeholders understand why needlestick injuries continue to occur in Ontario hospitals despite a regulation accelerate the adoption of safety-engineered needles, Institute for Work & Health researchers took a close look at the policies and practices of three acute-care hospitals in the province. This report documents their findings.
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Accomplishments Reports
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Miscellaneous documents
Amick B
The Ontario Leading Indicators Project (OLIP) was a study conducted by the Institute for Work & Health from 2011-2014. It included a survey made up of five different leading indicator measures. This scorecard allows organizations to assess how well they are doing on each leading indicator measure according to their survey results.
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Miscellaneous documents
Amick B
The Ontario Leading Indicators Project (OLIP) was a study conducted by the Institute for Work & Health from 2011-2014 that included a survey made up of five different leading indicator measures. This benchmarking table allows organizations to compare their scores with organizations in Ontario's service subsectors.
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Miscellaneous documents
Amick B
The Ontario Leading Indicators Project (OLIP) was a study conducted by the Institute for Work & Health from 2011-2014 that included a survey made up of five different leading indicator measures. This benchmarking table allows organizations to compare their scores with all organizations in Ontario.
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Miscellaneous documents
Amick B
The Ontario Leading Indicators Project (OLIP) was a study conducted by the Institute for Work & Health from 2011-2014 that included a survey made up of five different leading indicator measures. This benchmarking table allows organizations to compare their scores with organizations in Ontario's agriculture subsector and pulp & paper sector.
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Miscellaneous documents
Amick B
The Ontario Leading Indicators Project (OLIP) was a study conducted by the Institute for Work & Health from 2011-2014. The OLIP study included a survey made up of five different leading indicator measures and a scorecard that allowed organizations to assess how well they were doing on each leading indicator measure. This document explains how scores were calculated.
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Miscellaneous documents
Amick B
The Ontario Leading Indicators Project (OLIP) was a study conducted by the Institute for Work & Health from 2011-2014 in partnership with Ontario’s health and safety associations to develop leading indicators of occupational health and safety (OHS) performance. This is the survey used in the study to test leading indicator measures.
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Miscellaneous documents
Amick B
The Ontario Leading Indicators Project (OLIP) was a study conducted by the Institute for Work & Health from 2011-2014 that included a survey made up of five different leading indicator measures. This benchmarking table allows organizations to compare their scores with organizations in Ontario's manufacturing subsectors.
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Miscellaneous documents
Amick B
The Ontario Leading Indicators Project (OLIP) was a study conducted by the Institute for Work & Health from 2011-2014 in partnership with Ontario’s health and safety associations to develop leading indicators of occupational health and safety performance. The OLIP study included a survey made up of five different leading indicator measures. This benchmarking table allows organizations to compare their scores with the aggregated scores of organizations in Ontario's health-care, education or municipal subsectors who completed the survey from 2011 to 2013.
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Tools and guides
Each of four case studies tells the story of an Ontario organization that achieved firm-level, sustained improvement in health and safety performance. Each illustrates the factors critical to making large improvement in health and safety, based upon an evidence-based model of breakthrough change developed through Institute for Work & Health research.
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Impact case studies
A piloted training program was so successful it's now offered to all staff at this hospital and research centre.
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Issue Briefing
Leading indicators have the potential to help identify factors affecting the risk of injury, allowing workplaces to address these factors before injuries occur. This Issue Briefing looks at efforts to date to identify OHS leading indicators and the challenges involved.
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Annual Reports
Vulnerable Workers: The Institute for Work & Health's 2012 Annual Report
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Project reports
Albert AL, Amick B, Kerr B, Swift M
In 2010, WorkSafeNB asked the Institute for Work and Health (IWH) to assess its Internal Responsibility System Questionnaire (IRSQ), a survey tool it had developed to measure safety culture within an organization. As part of its assessment, IWH compared the IRSQ with another previously validated tool designed to measure leading indicators, called the IWH Organizational Performance Metric (IWH-OPM). This document reports on the assessment of these two tools.
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Miscellaneous documents
Amick B
The Ontario Leading Indicators Project (OLIP) was a study conducted by the Institute for Work & Health from 2011-2014. It included a survey made up of five different leading indicator measures. These measures, and the items included in each, are described here.
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Project reports
Tompa E, Mustard C
This report describes the findings of a supplemental analysis of the adequacy of workers’ compensation earnings replacement benefits. The original analysis measured the adequacy of earnings replacement benefits for permanently disabled workers under two workers’ compensation benefit regimes in Ontario. The supplementary analysis ihcludes the contribution of Canada Pension Plan Disability (CPP-D) benefits to the assessment of the adequacy of wage replacement benefits.
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Accomplishments Reports
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Strategic Plan
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Research Highlights
Return-to-work (RTW) models and policies can be improved by taking into account social relations within a work unit, especially the role of co-workers.
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Research Highlights
Two important factors associated with how long Canadian female nurses stay off of work due to musculoskeletal injuries (MSIs) are the level of pain and the extent to which pain interferes with job duties.
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