At the launch of the Centre for Research on Work Disability Policy, headed by two senior scientists from the Institute for Work & Health, the Honourable Lt. Gov. David Onley called for more hiring of people with disabilities for the benefit of society as a whole.
Institute for Work & Health Senior Scientist Dr. Emile Tompa and his research team have won the Applied Ergonomics Best Paper Award for 2013. The winning paper, announced in January, looked at a participatory ergonomics intervention in a textile plant.
March 3—The Institute for Work & Health's Spring 2014 Systematic Review Workshop is set to take place April 30-May 2 in Toronto. Sign up now for this popular workshop on how to plan, conduct and communicate the results of a systematic review. The registration deadline is April 16, 2014.
Dr. Linn Holness, director of the Centre for Research Expertise in Occupational Disease (CREOD), explores the knowledge, skills and resources needed by Ontario's front-line prevention system partners to deal with occupational skin disease, as well as CREOD's current approach to addressing these needs.
February 28—Today, International RSI Awareness Day, the Institute for Work & Health suggests workplaces consider a participatory ergonomics program to address musculoskeletal disorders (MSDs). The evidence suggests workers and supervisors jointly identifying and remedying MSD risks helps reduce lost days and costs.
February 28–Ontario's Office of the Worker Adviser (OWA) provides free and confidential services to 10,000 non-unionized workers every year in matters related to workplace insurance and occupational health and safety reprisals. OWA Director Alec Farquhar provided a compelling overview of the OWA's work in a recent Institute for Work & Health plenary, now available as a slidecast.
February 12—The latest issue of the Institute for Work & Health's monthly e-bulletin, IWH News, is now out. Read about the Honourable Lt. Gov. David Onley's call for hiring more people with disabilities, how researchers and policy-makers in B.C. use "big data" to shape policy, and the ergonomics study at the heart of an award-winning paper. Sign up here for your own subscription to IWH News.
February 4—Today marks the official launch of the Centre for Research on Work Disability Policy (CRWDP) at McMaster University in Hamilton, Ont. This new centre is co-led by Drs. Emile Tompa and Ellen MacEachen, senior scientists at the Institute for Work & Health. The centre aims to develop evidence-based policy options that will help people who are injured, ill or disabled stay attached to the labour market.
January 28—At a plenary held today at the Institute for Work & Health, Senior Scientist Dr. Ben Amick presented the findings of a study looking into the effectiveness of in-person versus online office ergonomics training. He revealed that both methods work to about the same degree in improving practices and postures, but both are even more effective when followed up by additional training that builds confidence in workers and supervisors to identify and address computer workstation hazards.
January 8—You can now hear Dr. Mieke Koehoorn’s talk on the lessons she learned about bringing research to the policy table through B.C.'s Partnership for Work, Health and Safety. The lecture is available as a slidecast—slides with audio—through the Institute for Work & Health's website and YouTube channel. Dr. Koehoorn gave her talk on November 21 in Toronto, at the Institute's 2013 Alf Nachemson Memorial Lecture.
The Institute for Work & Health is co-hosting WDPI (Work Disability Prevention and Integration) 2014 in Toronto, Canada. This is the third international scientific conference on research aimed at preventing work disability and promoting safe and sustained return to work across a range of conditions. Stay tuned for abstract submission requirements and deadlines, as well as registration information.