Upcoming Events

Other events associated with IWH may be listed under Plenaries, Workshops or the Alf Nachemson Memorial Lecture.

Tuesday, February 28, 2017

Plenary by Dr. Anne Harris, Syme Fellow, Institute for Work & Health; Ryerson University

We currently don't fully understand why some people develop Parkinson's disease as they age while others do not. Since genetic inheritance accounts for a very small proportion of cases, researchers have been interested in environmental causes, including workplace exposures. In this plenary, epidemiologist Dr. Anne Harris talks about the evidence for or against several candidate risk factors, including pesticides, head injury, and whole body vibration.

Tuesday, February 28, 2017

The International Repetitive Strain Injuries (RSI) Awareness Day is held annually on the last day of February to draw attention to work-related musculoskeletal injuries that result in painful disorders of the tendons, muscles, nerves and joints in the neck, back, chest, shoulders, arms and hands. Repetitive strain injuries (RSIs) are one of the most common type of injury suffered by workers.

The Institute for Work & Health (IWH) is active in conducting research and developing tools to prevent MSDs. Our latest Sharing Best Evidence summarizes a 2014 systematic review update on the effectiveness of workplace interventions on preventing MSDs. Key recommendations from that update are also offered in a new video card that we hope will be shared widely.

In 2016, the Institute hosted PREMUS 2016, the 9th Internationational Scientific Conference on the Prevention of Work-Related Musculoskeletal Disorders. The book of abstracts, available for download, provides a rich overview of the latest research findings from around the world. Keynote lectures from the conference are summarized in the summer 2016 issue of At Work and available as slidecasts.

To help you mark the day, IWH offers you the latest research on the causes and prevention of these injuries, as well as evidence-based tools such as our guide to successful participatory ergonomics programs and our booklet on dealing with acute low-back pain. Our aim, like yours, is to protect and improve the health of working people.

Tuesday, April 4, 2017

Plenary by Dr. Katherine Lippel, Canada Research Chair on Occupational Health and Safety Law, University of Ottawa

How are the roles of doctors in the workers’ compensation system different in Quebec and Ontario? In this plenary, Professor Katherine Lippel shares findings from a qualitative and comparative regulatory study, conducted in both provinces, to examine the impact of regulatory contexts on the roles and practices of doctors and other players in the system.

Tuesday, April 11, 2017

Plenary by Dr. Peter Smith, Institute for Work & Health

Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Plenary by Dr. Andrea Furlan and Emma Irvin, Institute for Work & Health

Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Plenary by Dr. Ellen MacEachen, School of Public Health and Health Systems, University of Waterloo

Friday, April 28, 2017

April 28 marks the National Day of Mourning to commemorate workers who have been killed or injured on the job, or who have fallen ill as a result of their work.

The Canadian Centre for Occupational Health and Safety has podcasts of personal stories of workplace tragedy, images and messages you can share on social media, as well as posters, pins and stickers to help mark the day.

The Day of Mourning began more than 20 years ago when the Canadian Labour Congress declared April 28 as a day of remembrance for those who had died or been injured on the job. It was officially recognized by the federal government in 1991, and has spread to about 80 countries around the world.


Tuesday, May 2, 2017 to Wednesday, May 3, 2017

The Partners in Prevention 2016 Health & Safety Conference & Trade Show, taking place May 2-3 at the International Centre in Mississauga, Ontario, is Canada’s largest health and safety event. Hosted by Workplace Safety & Prevention Services (WSPS), it brings together 4,500-plus health and safety professionals for networking, education and knowledge sharing.

The Institute for Work & Health (IWH) will be at the trade show. Drop by our booth (#525) to learn more about our evidence-based tools and resources for preventing workplace injury and disability.

Partners in Prevention 2016 is also your chance to hear first-hand from three IWH scientists on their latest tools and findings.

IWH President and Senior Scientist Dr. Cameron Mustard will share findings from a study examining what Ontario employers spend to prevent work-related injury and illness. Many employers currently do not have an accurate estimate of the scale of this investment. The presentation will cover estimates of OHS expenditures on management and supervision, training, personal protective equipment and OHS professional services. The results may surprise you!

Senior Scientist Dr. Ben Amick will join WSPS’s Illia Tchernikov to present a session entitled, “Building a leading indicator program within your workplace to improve OHS performance." This presentation will address thinking about the right information at the right time for the right decisions. It will provide a step-by-step approach to building a leading indicator program within your organization.

Also, IWH Scientist Dr. Andrea Furlan will present a session on mitigating risks related to prescription opioid use in safety sensitive environments. In Canada, it is estimated that 23 people out of every 1,000 have a prescription for opioids, and those 23 people are at a significantly greater risk of having an accident while performing safety sensitive functions. This session will review the Canadian Guideline for Safe and Effective Use of Opioids, and discuss ways you can reduce your risk factors at the workplace.

For more information on the conference, go to: http://www.wsps.ca/pip/pip_home.html

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Plenary by John Oudyk, Andrew King and Alan Hall, The Labour/OHCOW/Academic Research Collaboration (LOARC)

Thursday, May 25, 2017 to Friday, May 26, 2017

Keeping Workers Well is the premier conference for occupational health nurses in Canada. Hosted by the Ontario Occupational Health Nurses Association (OOHNA), the 2017 conference is taking place May 25 and 26 at the Four Points By Sheraton in Kingston, Ontario.

This year's conference theme is Putting Safety Back into OH&S. Speakers include occupational and public health professor Dr. Peter Strahlendorf on putting the emphasis on safety; brain training specialist Brian Thwaits on using brain plasticity to strengthen learning and memory and ensure safe practices; and medical director and psychotherapist Dr. Mark Weiss on addiction and neurobiology. Other session highlights include return to work challenges for workers with post-traumatic stress disorder and transgender inclusion in the workplace.

To find out more about the conference, and to register, go to: http://www.oohna.on.ca/oohna-conference/