A quarterly publication of the Institute for Work & health

At Work

Issue 57

Summer 2009

In this issue

Lead Workplace program speeds return of workers with low-back injuries

According to new IWH research, workplace-based programs in which workers and supervisors jointly identify and solve return-to-work barriers help workers with low-back pain return to their jobs more quickly — especially workers who are often considered the most challenging return-to-work cases.

Sidebar RTW program for workers with low-back pain

The return-to-work program that is proving to be so effective involves these five steps.

Standard article Study suggests ways to improve safety among hard-to-reach, out-of-school young workers

Using youth employment centres for the first time to connect with out-of-school young workers about job safety, a new Institute for Work & Health study shows this hard-to-reach group possesses some basic knowledge of health and safety, yet it still experiences above-average injury rates.

Standard article Ergonomics case study: Car parts manufacturer realizes benefits of PE program

An Ontario manufacturer opened its doors to researchers who helped implement a participatory ergonomics (PE) program to improve the musculoskeletal health of workers. The company has since learned that the PE program saved it almost a quarter-of-a-million dollars — and in the most unexpected place.

Sidebar New IWH guide aims to improve effectiveness of PE programs

Inspired by this auto parts manufacturer to undertake your own participatory ergonomics (PE) program? The Institute for Work & Health (IWH) has just released the guide you need to get started.

In Focus Community-based research explores impact of job injuries on workers’ lives

The Research Action Alliance on the Consequences of Work Injury has brought together academics and injured workers in a five-year research project that is scientifically documenting and communicating the effects of work injury. As the initiative moves past its halfway mark, the academic and injured worker communities take a look at its achievements and the opportunity it has provided to learn from each other.

Sidebar Research to action: IWH guide helps solve RTW problems

For people who play a hands-on role in helping injured workers return to work, a new publication called Red Flags/Green Lights: A Guide to Identifying and Solving Return-to-Work Problems is available from the Institute for Work & Health (IWH) to help you deal with potentially challenging cases.

News IWH News

  • IWH associate wins Vanier scholarship
  • New centre focuses on workplace cancer
  • Pilot project offers free access to Cochrane
  • IWH welcomes new science, KTE advisors