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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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

  • December 8—IWH plenary: Stealth ergonomics--Incorporating MSD prevention into organizational goals

    Could musculoskeletal disorder (MSD) prevention be recognized as more than a health and safety issue, but a quality and performance issue as well? Dr. Richard Wells shows how both MSD and poor product quality share many risk factors, and how MSD prevention can result in additional resources, effectiveness and sustainability.

  • December 1—IWH plenary: Staying at work with fibromyalgia

    Staying at work with chronic illness can be difficult, especially so for those with fibromyalgia. In this plenary, Dr. Margaret Oldfield shares her research on how women with fibromyalgia, along with their family members and co-workers, manage perception to avoid stigma and remain at work. She also discusses implications of her findings on workplace practices and policies.

  • 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.

  • Media release: Resistance training helps prevent musculoskeletal disorders

    November 12—Strong evidence suggests that implementing workplace-based resistance training can help prevent and manage musculoskeletal disorders (MSDs) of the upper extremity. This is a key finding of a systematic review conducted by the Institute for Work & Health (IWH) and published as an open access paper in the Journal of Environmental and Occupational Medicine.

  • MSD Researchers: Deadline Extended for PREMUS 2016 Call for Abstracts

    October 28—The deadline for presentation proposals for PREMUS 2016 has been extended. So if you are doing research into the causes, prevalence and prevention of work-related musculoskeletal disorders (MSDs), you now have until the end of November to submit your abstract. The 9th International Scientific Conference on the Prevention of Work-Related Musculoskeletal Disorders takes place June 20-23, 2016 in Toronto, Canada. The deadline for abstracts in November 30, 2015.

  • 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.

  • 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.

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