A quarterly publication of the Institute for Work & health

At Work

Issue 47

Winter 2007

In this issue

Lead Institute welcomes new scientific director

Dr. Benjamin Amick became Scientific Director of the Institute for Work & Health (IWH) in January 2007, but he is no newcomer to IWH. He has collaborated with Institute scientists on a number of projects and has held appointments as adjunct or part-time scientist since 1997.

Standard article Research explores health and safety issues in immigrant workers

Immigrant and migrant workers face different issues than Canadian-born employees, such as language barriers and lack of knowledge about their rights. As the immigrant population increases, this is becoming a growing area of research and policy attention.

Standard article Ontario, BC show different declines in work injury rates

In both Ontario and British Columbia, work injury rates dropped between 1990 and 2001. However, B.C. generally showed less of a decrease. By comparing rates among provinces, we can see who is performing better and start to explore why rates differ.

Standard article Flexible work in the high-tech sector: does it really meet workers’ needs?

While flexible work arrangements are often seen in a positive light, there is a flipside. In this qualitative study in the high- tech sector, workers were always expected to be available to meet deadlines, and work came first over family.

In Focus Seven key principles support an employee’s successful return to work

When workers need time off from their jobs because of a work-related injury, their recovery and return to work can be a complex process. The seven principles of successful return to work (RTW) were developed to provide some guidance on how to approach this process.

What researchers mean by... confidence intervals

Commonly, when researchers present this type of estimate, they will put a confidence interval (CI) around it.