Our 2014 annual report now available online

The Institute for Work & Health's 2014 annual report focuses on research that promotes a culture of health and safety in Ontario workplaces and beyond.

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Calling all MSD researchers!

The Institute for Work & Health, as host of PREMUS 2016, is accepting abstracts on the causes, prevalence and prevention of work-related musculoskeletal disorders.

Submit your presentation proposal

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Don't miss the 2015 Nachemson lecture

The Alf Nachemson Memorial Lecture is a premier networking event for Ontario OHS researchers, practitioners and policy-makers. On October 29, 2015, hear about the use of research to support reforms at the Workplace Safety and Insurance Board.

Find out more

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Comparing union and non-union injury claims rates

While unionized construction workers may be more inclined to make work-related injury claims, IWH study  suggests their claims are less likely to be of a serious nature.

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Miss an IWH plenary? Listen to the slidecast!

Most Institute for Work & Health plenaries are also available as slidecasts (slides with audio). So if you missed a recent plenary, you can catch it on our YouTube channel.

Visit the IWH YouTube channel

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Using evidence in OHS courses: IWH resources for students

Our resources can help post-secondary students and their instructors in OHS programs incorporate evidence-based information into their research, essays and lectures.

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Recent updates

  • October 29—WSIB former executive Judy Geary to deliver 2015 Nachemson lecture

    This year's Alf Nachemson Memorial lecturer will be Judy Geary, the former executive who led a series of reform at the Workplace Safety and Insurance Board (WSIB). On October 29, Geary will share lessons learned in integrating research evidence in the reform of valued public services. The Alf Nachemson Memorial Lecture has become a premier networking event for researchers, policy-makers and practitioners in the field of work injury and disability prevention in Ontario. As the Institute marks its 25th anniversary, this year's event is not one to be missed.

  • November 20: CRWDP National Symposium—A roadmap for work disability policy in Canada

    The Centre for Research on Work Disability Policy (CRWDP)—co-led by Institute for Work & Health Senior Scientist Dr. Emile Tompa and Adjunct Scientist Dr. Ellen MacEachen—is holding a one-day symposium to begin developing a roadmap that will lead the way in improving the work disability support system in Canada, as well as improving employment opportunities for workers with disabilities.

  • November 25-27: IWH's Fall 2015 Systematic Review Workshop

    Sign up now for the next offering of the Institute for Work & Health's popular Systematic Review Workshop. The Fall 2015 workshop is taking place November 25-27 in Toronto. Over the course of three days, you will get 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 November 11.

  • New PE Page for Global Ergonomics Month

    October 1—To mark Global Ergonomics Month, the Institute for Work & Health has brought together its research and tools on participatory ergonomics (PE) onto a single web page for easy reference. Learn how to set up a PE program, what it takes to do so effectively, and what benefits you might expect with such a program in place.

  • IWH 2014 Annual Report now available

    September 25—The Institute for Work & Health's 2014 annual report, titled "Promoting a culture of occupational health and safety," is now available on our website. Read about projects active in 2014 that contributed to the prevention system's shared values and beliefs about what is needed to ensure the protection of workers.

  • IWH Plenaries Now Being Streamed Live

    September 25—Can't make it to 481 University Avenue to attend an Institute for Work & Health (IWH) plenary that you're really interested in? Why don't you attend remotely? Most IWH plenaries (i.e. seminars) are now being streamed live. Simply e-mail Albana Canga with the specific plenary that you would like to attend, and she'll send you the access information you need.

  • MSD Researchers: PREMUS 2016 Issues Call for Abstracts

    September 17—Are you doing research into the causes, prevalence and prevention of work-related musculoskeletal disorders (MSDs)? We want to hear from you! As host of PREMUS 2016, the 9th International Scientific Conference on the Prevention of Work-Related Musculoskeletal Disorders taking place June 20-23, 2016 in Toronto, Canada, the Institute for Work & Health is accepting proposals for presentation at this important gathering. The deadline for abstracts in October 30, 2015.

  • Job Posting: Biostatistician

    September 16—The Institute for Work and Health is seeking applicants for the position of Biostatistician, a full-time position at the Scientist level that reports directly to the Scientific Director. As a member of the Institute’s scientific staff, the incumbent will participate in the design, analysis and publication of research studies on the causes and consequences of work-related injury and illness, and will contribute as a principal investigator or co-investigator to the development and leadership of research projects. The deadline for applications is October 16, 2015 (or until the position is filled).

  • IWH in the classroom: Resources for OHS/RTW post-secondary programs

    September 10—With the new academic year upon us, don't forget that the Institute for Work & Health has many resources available to help post-secondary students and instructors in occupational health and safety, disability management and work injury rehabilitation incorporate evidence-based information into their research projects, essays, presentations, lessons and lectures.

  • Media release: Study explores "union safety effect"

    September 3—Workers at unionized construction workplaces in Ontario are less likely than their non-unionized counterparts to file job-related injury claims that result in time off work, according to an Institute for Work & Health study published online by the Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine.

  • Job posting: Research centre manager (12-month contract)

    August 27—The Centre for Research on Work Disability Policy (CWRDP) is hiring. The Centre, located at the Institute for Work & Health, is look for an individual with skills and experience in managing a complex research initiative. The CRWDP is an equal-opportunity employer and welcomes applications from all qualified candidates. Applications will be accepted until the position is filled.

  • Now released: Summer 2015 issue of At Work

    August 20—Read about a systematic review on regulatory enforcement, a study on the poverty levels of permanently impaired workers and their families and more in the latest issue of At Work, the quarterly newsletter of the Institute for Work & Health.

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