March 26—How do you prefer to receive the information you need to help prevent work injury and disability? The Institute for Work & Health (IWH), on behalf of health and safety system partners in Ontario, is conducting a survey to find out. The survey is short (takes about five minutes) and is completely confidential. Please take the survey now to help ensure we provide the information you need, in the way you want it. The survey closes on May 22, 2015.
Emma Irvin and Kim Cullen of the Institute for Work & Health share findings from an updated and expanded systematic review of the quantitative literature on return-to-work (RTW) interventions and what they mean to the practice of evidence-based RTW.
Dr. Basak Yanar from the University of Windsor discusses findings from a study that examined how the Institute for Work & Health Organizational Performance Metric (IWH-OPM) performed in five workplaces, as well as what the findings say about the validity of the eight-item leading indicators tool.
Dr. Cam Mustard, president and senior scientist at the Institute for Work & Health, talks about the development of an occupational hazard exposure index for 56 sectors in Ontario, and about the research findings and methods behind it.
Sign up now for the next offering of the Institute for Work & Health's popular Systematic Review Workshop. The Spring 2015 workshop is taking place May 6-8 in Toronto. The three-day workshop will give you a good grounding in how to plan, carry out and communicate a systematic review of the research evidence on a particular topic. Please register by April 21.
March 20—At an Institute for Work & Health plenary in January, Dr. Peter Smith, a scientist at the Institute, introduced his evidence-based 29-item measure for assessing health and safety vulnerability among workers. A slidecast of his presentation is now available.
March 20—At an Institute for Work & Health plenary in February, Dr. Karen Messing, professor emeritus of ergonomics atthe Université du Québec à Montréal, talked about her new book, Pain and Prejudice: What Science Can Learn about Work from the People Who Do It. You can hear some of the insightful stories from her book, based on her 35 years in the field of occupational research, in the plenary slidecast, now available.
February 26—A new online office ergonomics training program was jointly launched today by the Institute for Work & Health (IWH) and the Public Services Health & Safety Association (PSHSA). Evidence-based and standard-compliant, eOfficeErgo: Ergonomics e-Learning for Office Workers is being made available as organizations across the country prepare to mark International Repetitive Strain Injury (RSI) Awareness Day, which takes place annually on the last day of February.
February 23—Having a permanent work-related impairment is associated with a higher risk of early death. Premium rates and work demands play a role in whether similar injuries result in lost-time or no-lost-time claims. Workplace benefits and accommodations help improve the function and productivity of workers with arthritis. Read about these recent findings and more from the Institute for Work & Health, in our latest issue of At Work.
February 23—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 published in the American Journal of Public Health. Watch the video, read the At Work article, and/or read the media release,
February 19—At the Institute for Work & Health (IWH), we aim to conduct "actionable" research that makes a difference to employers, workers and policy-makers in their pursuit of safe and healthy workplaces. New examples of our research having an impact (dated December 2014) were recently added to our case study series. Read how IWH research helped improve outcomes in Ontario workers' compensation programs dealing with narcotics use, vocational rehabilitation and return to work. Find out how an IWH symposium played a part in Manitoba's strategy to deal with claims suppression, and learn how our leading indicators work (e.g. OLIP) is being used by a large employer.
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.