Gender, work and health

Gender and sex play an important role in determining work experiences, as well as health experiences in the wake of a work-related injury or disease. (“Gender” typically refers to socially constructed roles, relationships, behaviours, relative power and other traits that societies ascribe to women, men and people of diverse gender identities. “Sex” is typically understood to refer to the biological and physiological characteristics that distinguish females from males.) IWH research seeks to understand these experiences—in particular the effects and outcomes of occupational exposures related to these experiences—in order to develop gender- and sex-sensitive policies and practices to improve the health of all working Canadians.

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Differences between men and women in their risk of work injury and disability: a systematic review

Published: American Journal of Industrial Medicine, May 2022
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Sex and gender differences in occupational hazard exposures: a scoping review of the recent literature

Published: Current Environmental Health Reports, November 2021
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Age differences in work-disability duration across Canada: examining variations by follow-up time and context

Published: Journal of Occupational Rehabilitation, June 2021
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Disability and sex/gender intersections in unmet workplace support needs: findings from a large Canadian survey of workers

Published: American Journal of Industrial Medicine, February 2021
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