Preventing upper extremity MSDs: Resistance is not futile!

An IWH systematic review recommends workplace-based resistance training to help prevent and manage upper extremity musculoskeletal disorders (MSDs)—this and more in the latest issue of At Work.

Read the Fall 2014 issue of At Work.

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Stories of breakthrough change at Ontario firms

New evidence-based case studies—great for workplace training and brainstorming—illustrate the factors critical to going from not-to-great to great when it comes to workplace health and safety.

Download the case studies.

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Using evidence in OHS courses: IWH resources for students

Our resources can help post-secondary OHS and RTW students and instructors incorporate evidence-based information into their research projects, essays, presentations, lessons and lectures.

Download your copy.

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OHS leading indicators survey, benchmarks now online

Find out how your organization measures up when it comes to occupational health and safety (OHS) leading indicators. The Ontario Leading Indicators Project (OLIP) survey and benchmarks are now open to all.

Take the survey now.


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Recent updates

  • February 2—IWH plenary: What science can learn about work from the people who do it

    Dr. Karen Messing, professor emeritus of ergonomics at the Université du Québec à Montréal, talks about her latest book, Pain and Prejudice: What Science Can Learn about Work from the People Who Do It. She suggests that many current research mechanisms prevent scientists from expressing and even experiencing empathy with injured workers, which compromises the ability of occupational health science to prevent damage to workers' health. Note that this plenary takes place on a Monday, from 2:00 to 3:00 p.m.

  • February 3—IWH plenary: How North American companies can improve workplace safety when outsourcing overseas

    About 4,000 garment factories in Bangladesh employ four million, mostly young women, in harsh conditions with minimal or non-existent workplace health and safety regulations and policies. Dr. Hasanat Alamgir, of the University of Texas School of Public Health, looks at the actions and responsibilities of local and Western stakeholders for the protection of these workers. He also shares findings from recent research on workers' fire safety knowledge and awareness, and on the health status and disability of the survivors of the 2013 Rana Plaza building collapse.

  • Work injury rates declining in Ontario, while non-work injury rates stay the same

    December 18—Work-related injury rates in Ontario fell by 30 per cent from 2004 to 2011—in sharp contrast to non-work injury rates, which did not change. This is according to an Institute for Work & Health study released online today by the American Journal of Public Health.

  • IWH seeking applications for training fellowships in work and health

    December 16—The Institute for Work & Health (IWH) is accepting applications for its S. Leonard Syme Training Fellowships in Work & Health. The 12-month fellowships are designed for young researchers at the master's or doctoral level intending to study work and health. IWH is particularly interested in candidates who show a commitment to research that promises to reduce work-related injury, illness and disability in Ontario. The deadline for applying is April 30, 2015.

  • Assessing the impact of NIOSH research: Slidecast available

    December 9—In his 2014 Alf Nachemson Memorial Lecture, Dr. Paul Schulte of the U.S. National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) shared lessons learned about measuring the impact of NIOSH research on protecting worker health. A slidecast of this year’s lecture is now available on IWH’s YouTube channel.

  • Slidecast of plenary launching gender research chair now available

    November 27—Why is it important to explore differences between men and women when it comes to work and health? In a special plenary launching his five-year research program on gender, work and health, Institute for Work & Health Scientist Dr. Peter Smith outlined how sex and gender shape the risk of work injury, time off work after a work injury, and the relationship between the work environment and chronic illnesses.

  • Getting to great: Breakthrough Change Case Study Series

    September 25—What does it take for organizations to make large improvements in health and safety?New case studies from the Institute for Work & Health illustrate the factors critical to going from not-to-great to great when it comes to workplace safety, based on an evidence-based model of "breakthrough change."

  • Issue Briefing explores claim suppression in two provinces

    October 23—The Institute for Work & Health's latest Issue Briefing, which addresses topics of particular interest to policy-makers, highlights findings from two recent reports on the incidence and risk of employers inducing workers not to claim or to misreport instances of workplace injury or illness in Ontario and Manitoba.

  • IWH Resources for OHS/RTW Post-Secondary Students

    September 24—A new guide from the Institute for Work & Health lists the resources we have available to help post-secondary students and instructors in occupational health and safety, disability management, return to work and/or work injury rehabilitation incorporate evidence-based information into their research projects, essays, presentations, lessons and lectures.

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