A quarterly publication of the Institute for Work & health

At Work

Issue 48

Spring 2007

In this issue

Lead Only one in five new workers receives safety training

Only one in five Canadians reports receiving safety training in their first year of a new job, according to a study from the Institute for Work & Health (IWH).

Standard article Safety climate shows promise in injury prevention

Although workplace injury rates have declined in recent years across Canada, workers are still hurt on the job every day. Finding innovative methods to prevent injuries continues to be a priority. One approach that shows great promise is when organizations adopt practices to strengthen their safety climate.

Standard article Benchmarks help firms compare disability management practices

Several major Canadian firms have joined a collaborative to create benchmarks of their disability management approaches, with the goal of improving practices and saving money. The collaborative, which builds on the success of a similar American initiative, is based at the Institute for Work & Health.

In Focus Preventing injury in health-care workers

It is a well-established fact that health-care workers face a higher risk than other workers of developing painful musculoskeletal disorders (MSDs), which affect muscles, tendons, nerves or other soft tissues. In health-care workers, back pain is one of the most common MSDs.

Sidebar Ontario’s Patient Lift Initiative: early findings

Nearly 14,000 new mechanical patient lifts for health-care settings have been funded by Ontario's Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care.

Sidebar Nurses report high rates of back pain, physical demands

Canadian nurses report higher rates of back pain and physical demands at work, compared with the general working population. These findings emerged from a landmark survey released in December 2006 by Statistics Canada, the Canadian Institute for Health Information and Health Canada.

What researchers mean by... meta-analysis

When making decisions that affect many people, policy-makers, clinicians and other decision-makers may turn to research to help inform their choices. Single studies on a topic do provide some information. However, to increase confidence in their decisions, it is better to look at all of the available research. This is where a meta-analysis can help.

News IWH News

  • NAOSH Week events run in May
  • IWH scientist wins teaching award
  • Compensation symposium in June
  • New Canadian Cochrane website
  • Guidelines conference in August