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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 Report
The Changing Nature of Work and the Workforce: The Institute for Work & Health's 2013 Annual Report
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Project report
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 report
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 study
Institute expertise tapped to evaluate agency's safety perception tool--and to provide a better alternative.
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Impact case study
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 study
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 report
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 Report
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Miscellaneous
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
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
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
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
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
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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Miscellaneous
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
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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Impact case study
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 Report
Vulnerable Workers: The Institute for Work & Health's 2012 Annual Report
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Project report
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
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 report
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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Strategic Plan
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Accomplishments Report
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Research Highlights
The Pain Recovery Inventory of Concerns and Expectations (PRICE), is a psychosocial screening questionnaire for workers with low-back pain that can estimate the overall likelihood of quickly recovering and returning to work within three months after injury.
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Research Highlights
The relationship between age and injury varies depending on the type of injury. Older workers, for example, are at higher risk of fractures and dislocations.
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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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Impact case study
Research by IWH scientist describes problems with previous program and suggests way forward.
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Issue Briefing
This Issue Briefing takes a close look at the design and outcomes of three North American studies and how they inform our understanding of the effectiveness of targeted labour inspections on occupational health and safety (OHS) outcomes.
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Annual Report
Engagement: The Institute for Work & Health's 2011 Annual Report
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Impact case study
Work on Canadian opioid guideline in turn leads to development of opioid management tool and helps launch IWH scientist's profile as opioid expert.
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Sharing Best Evidence
This systematic review set out to find what factors affect the length of time it takes before returning to work. The aim was to identify which workers with acute low-back pain are at high risk of long-term absences and, therefore, in need of extra attention to help them recover and return to work more quickly.
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Impact case study
An IWH analysis helps lead to creation of specialized SIEF adjudication team at Ontario's Workplace Safety and Insurance Board, resulting in millions in savings.
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Issue Briefing
What happened to workers' compensation claim rates in Canada during the 2008-2009 recession? This Issue Briefing looks at the research and confirms that, relative to the long-term trend of declining claim rates in North America, the frequency of workers' compensation claims per hours worked tends to go down during recessions.
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Accomplishments Report
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Tools and guides
Three sets of pictograms depict musculoskeletal disorder (MSD) hazards and proper practices in three service sectors: retail, restaurant and greenhouses.
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KTE resources
From September to November 2011, the Institute for Work & Health (IWH) consulted with its stakeholders in Ontario as the foundation for developing a strategic plan for the period 2013-2017. This report summarizes the results of that consultation and related survey.
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Sharing Best Evidence
Little information is available on the effectiveness of workplace programs to target depression. This systematic review set out to provide such information. It searched the research literature to look for interventions for managing depression in the workplace that were effective from an employer's point of view.
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Issue Briefing
The proportion of work-related injuries registered as no-lost-time claims (NLTCs) versus lost-time claims (LTCs) increased in Ontario from 1991 to 2006. Based on research from IWH, this Issue Briefing takes a close look at the characteristics of NLTCs in Ontario and the factors that may help explain their increasing share of workers' compensation claims in the province.
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Annual Report
Informing Policy: The Institute for Work & Health's 2010 Annual Report
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Systematic Review
Steenstra I, Irvin E, Heymans M, Mahood Q, Hogg-Johnson S
This report explores the factors that affect how long it will take workers to return to work following an absence due to acute low-back pain, based upon the results of a systematic review update conducted by the Institute for Work & Health.
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Project report
MacEachen E, Cardoso S, Kosny A, Mansfield L, Keown K
In May 2009, the Institute for Work & Health developed Red Flags/Green Lights: A Guide to Identifying and Solving Return-to-Work Problems to help decision-makers identify and manage return-to-work (RTW) problems. This document reports on a study that evaluated how this guide is being used by various RTW stakeholders.
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Project report
Kosny A, Lifshen M
This is a plain-language report summarizing the findings of an Institute for Work & Health study that explored the experiences of recent immigrants who were injured on the job.
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Impact case study
IWH scientists support the work of the Dean panel with "trusted" and "balanced" research and analysis.
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Sharing Best Evidence
The effectiveness of current knowledge transfer and exchange (KTE) practices has not been routinely or consistently evaluated, in part because of a lack of instruments for assessing the impact of KTE activities. This systematic review searched the literature to find instruments that can accurately and reliably measure KTE activities. Although few were found, some showed promise.
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Project report
Kosny A, Lifshen M, MacEachen E, Smith PM, Jafri GJ, Neilson C, Pugliese D, Shields J
The experiences of recent immigrants who are injured on the job, including their knowledge of their rights, encounters with employers and health-care providers, and experiences with injury reporting and claim filing, are detailed in this study report from the Institute for Work & Health.
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