Preventing upper extremity MSDs in the workplace

Get the key takeaways from a systematic review update of workplace interventions to reduce upper extremity musculoskeletal disorders (MSDs), now available in a plain-language summary and a short video.

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IWH's 25th anniversary annual report now available

The Institute's 2015 annual report looks back at the IWH people and research making a difference to the protection of worker health and safety over the last 25 years.

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The Summer 2016 At Work is out

Inside this issue: the economic burden of work-related asbestos, the research suggesting that safety and operational management can be complementary, return to work experiences for mental health claimants, and more.

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Use our new tool to assess worker vulnerability to injury

The OHS Vulnerability Measure assesses how a worker may be vulnerable to occupational health and safety (OHS) risks at work.

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Try our latest evidence-based tool: the IWH-OPM

This simple eight-item questionnaire can help identify areas of OHS improvement to prevent workplace injuries and illness.

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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.

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Recent updates

  • Is there a trade-off between high performance in safety and manufacturing operations? Or might there be synergy when organizations focus on both operations and safety? Dr. Lynda Robson shares results of a research project examining these questions.

  • Whole-body vibration is a significant health risk for four to seven per cent of the workforce, primarily operators of heavy mobile vehicles. In an IWH plenary, Western University's Dr. Jim Dickey describes ways to evaluate seating in heavy mobile machinery to reduce this known health risk.

  • Michael Sonne of the Occupational Health Clinics for Ontario Workers (OHCOW) and Dwayne Van Eerd of the Institute for Work & Health team up to present ergonomics assessment and training applications to help ensure safer and healthier workplaces. It's all part of marking Global Ergonomics Month. #workshouldnthurt 

  • October 13—What OHS workplace interventions are effective in the prevention of upper extremity musculoskeletal disorders (MSDs)? That was the question guiding a recent systematic review update. To mark Global Ergonomics Month (October), the Institute for Work & Health has produced a plain-language summary of the review's findings, along with a video card of the key takeaways.

  • September 13—To mark the Insitute for Work & Health's 25th anniversary, the 2015 annual report looks back at the Institute's research and the impact this work has had on improving policies and practices that protect workers from occupational injury, illness and disability.

  • September 13—The Institute for Work & Health is now accepting applications for its Mustard Post-Doctoral Fellowship in Work and Health. The fellowship aims to build capacity for innovative multidisciplinary research concerning the relationships between work environments and worker health. The deadline for applications is November 18, 2016.

  • August 30—Government health and safety inspections that result in citations or penalties effectively motivate employers to make improvements that reduce work-related injuries. This is one of the conclusions of an Institute for Work & Health systematic review published in the American Journal of Industrial Medicine and being highlighted in honour of Labour Day 2016.

  • August 10—Read about the difference in return-to-work experiences for mental health and musculoskeletal claimants. Find out the costs of mesothelioma and lung cancers attributed to work exposure to asbestos. Plus, get the main findings of the keynote presentations at the PREMUS 2016 conference in June. It's all in the Summer 2016 issue of At Work, IWH's quarterly newsletter.

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