Scientific reports

Scientific reports are Institute for Work & Health (IWH) project-based reports for funders and interested stakeholders. Written by research teams that are led by or include an IWH scientist, the reports generally include the context and rationale for the study, how it was conducted (i.e. methodology) and its findings, followed by a discussion and, if applicable, recommendations. These reports are not peer-reviewed, although they often form the basis of peer-reviewed journal articles that are later published.

Assessing the effects of experience rating in Ontario

Institute for Work & Health, IBM Business Consulting Services
This report shares the findings of a study looking at the effects of New Experimental Experience Rating (NEER), an employer incentive program of the Workplace Safety and Insurance Board in Ontario. The study is based on case studies in the health-care, transportation and manufacturing sectors.
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Effectiveness of occupational health and safety management systems: a systematic review

Robson LS, Clarke J, Cullen KL, Bielecky A, Severin C, Bigelow P, Irvin E, Culyer AJ, Mahood Q
Occupational health and safety management systems (OHSMSs) have developed considerably over the last 20 years, yet little is known about their effectiveness. This report summarizes the findings of a systematic review on the facilitators and barriers to the adoption and effectiveness of OHSMSs.
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Effectiveness of participatory ergonomic interventions: a systematic review

Cole D, Rivilis I, Van Eerd D, Cullen KL, Irvin E, Kramer D
The inappropriate design of workplaces and work processes contributes significantly to the development of common work-related musculoskeletal disorders (MSDs). By improving ergonomic aspects of work and workplaces, it should be possible to prevent or reduce these disorders and increase productivity. One practice advocated for improving workplace design and processes is participatory ergonomics. This report shares the findings of a systematic review on the effectiveness of workplace-based participatory ergonomic interventions in improving workers' health.
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Workplace-based return-to-work interventions: a systematic review of the quantitative and qualitative literature (appendices)

Franche RL, Cullen KL, Clarke J, MacEachen E, Frank JW, Sinclair S, Reardon R
This report contains appendices to the systematic review of the quantitative and qualitative literature of workplace-based return-to-work interventions.
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Workplace-based return-to-work interventions: a systematic review of the quantitative and qualitative literature (full report)

Franche RL, Cullen KL, Clarke J, MacEachen E, Frank JW, Sinclair S, Reardon R
Employers, insurers and workers have expressed a growing interest in workplace-based return-to-work (RTW) intervention studies. To provide a comprehensive summary of the most effective workplace-based RTW interventions , the Institute for Work & Health conducted a systematic review of the return-to-work literature published since 1990. The results are included in this report.
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Workplace-based return-to-work interventions: a systematic review of the quantitative and qualitative literature (overview)

Franche RL, Cullen KL, Clarke J, MacEachen E, Frank JW, Sinclair S, Reardon R
Employers, insurers and workers have expressed a growing interest in workplace-based return-to-work (RTW) intervention studies. To provide a comprehensive summary of the most effective workplace-based RTW interventions and to direct future research priorities in this area, the Institute for Work & Health conducted a systematic review of the return-to-work literature published since 1990, and the findings are summarized in this overview.
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Preventing injury, illness and disability at work: what works and how do we know?

Frank JW, Cullen KL, Breslin FC, Cole D, Cote P, Franche RL, Mustard C, Reardon R, Shannon HS, Sinclair S
After several decades of concentrated effort by researchers, policy-makers and employers, the decline in rates of workplace injuries is decelerating and long absences from work persist after injury. This paper is intended to initiate a dialogue about prevention among all those who are interested in making Ontario workplaces safer and healthier by building a framework for further discussion and activity.
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What gets measured gets done: the Healthy Workplace Balanced Scorecard

Brooker AS, Cole D, Eakin J, Kerr M, Robson LS, Severin C, Shannon H
This special report, published in 2000, highlights the Institute’s Healthy Workplace Balanced Scorecard project. The scorecard was in the pilot stage of its development, and there was a high level of anticipation from workplaces. This report on the scorecard was in response to that growing interest, and highlighted that “what gets measured, gets done."
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