Although Dr. Cameron Mustard is busy in his role as president of the Institute for Work & Health (IWH), he still finds the time to conduct research related to labour market experiences and their health consequences.
For example, to support efforts to reduce the burden of musculoskeletal disorders among health-care workers, Mustard and his colleagues are evaluating an organizational change plan being undertaken by a large Ontario health-care employer. The objective of the plan is to reduce the incidence of work-related injury, improve return-to-work practices and strengthen the culture of safety in the organization. This study supports IWH's longstanding research priority focused on effective interventions to prevent work-related musculoskeletal disorders.
In other research, Mustard and his colleagues recently completed studies of the causes of death by occupational group in Canada.
There has been limited information available in Canada describing differences in mortality across occupations, he says.
The results of this work can inform public health and occupational health prevention priorities.
The design of this study was based on a unique linkage of 15 per cent of respondents to the 1991 Census to records in the Canadian Mortality Database. The resulting database consists of records for about 4.5 million people, followed up over 10 years.
The results are relevant to policy-makers concerned with protecting and improving the health of the population, says Mustard.
A descriptive model for occupational health and safety risk in Ontario
Support to the Ontario Ministry of Labour's Construction Action Plan
CIHR-IWH summer program in aging on the topic of work and health
Improved methods for the surveillance of work-related injury and illness
Evaluating organizational change in a large Ontario health-care system to protect workers' health
Mustard C, Chambers A, Ibrahim S, Etches J, Smith P. Time trends in musculoskeletal disorders attributed to work exposures in Ontario using three independent data sources, 2004-2011. Occupational and Environmental Medicine, 2015; 72(4):252-257; doi:10.1136/oemed-2014-102442 [Epub 2014 Oct 13].
Chambers A, Ibrahim S, Etches J, Mustard C. Diverging trends in the incidence of occupational and nonoccupational injury in Ontario, 2004-2011. American Journal of Public Health. 2015; 105(2):338-343; doi: 10.2105/AJPH.2014.302223 [Epub 2015 Feb].
Fortune MK, Mustard CA, Etches JC, Chambers AG. Work-attributed illness arising from excess heat exposure in Ontario, 2004-2010. Canadian Journal of Public Health, 2013; 104(5):e420-e426.
Mustard CA, Bielecky A, Etches J, Wilkins R, Tjepkema M, Amick BC, Smith PM, Aronson KJ. Mortality following unemployment in Canada, 1991-2001. BMC Public Health, 2013; 13:441; doi:10.1186/1471-2458-13-441
Mustard CA, Chambers A, McLeod C, Bielecky A, Smith P. Work injury risk by time of day in two population-based data sources. Occupational and Environmental Medicine, 2013; 70:49-56; doi:10.1136/oemed-2012-100920 [Epub 2012 Sep 26]