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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Now available: Winter 2016 issue of At Work

Read about research on depressive symptoms after work injury, the sometimes uneasy relationship between doctors and employers in return to work, and exercises to reduce low-back pain.

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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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Register now for PREMUS 2016

Come network with the best and the brightest around the world on the prevention of work-related musculoskeletal disorders. Registration for PREMUS 2016, being held June 20-23, 2016 in Toronto, is open now.

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Recent updates

  • April 22—Introducing another evidence-based tool from the Institute for Work & Health: the OHS Vulnerability Measure. This tool measures the extent to which workers may be vulnerable to occupational health and safety (OHS) risks at work, allowing you to identify and address OHS program weaknesses in order to prevent work-related injury and illness.

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  • March 22—The latest Issue Briefing from the Institute for Work & Health updates a previous analysis of the adequacy of earnings replacement rates for injured workers in Ontario with permanent impairments.

  • March 14—The Institute for Work & Health is seeking a qualified person for the position of associate scientist. As a member of the Institute’s scientific staff, this person will design, conduct and publish research studies on the prevention of work-related injury and illness and/or the prevention of work disability. The deadline for applications is April 29, 2016.

  • March 11—When workplaces make large improvements in occupational health and safety (OHS), it seems some type of external influence helps bring internal factors into play that eventually lead to "breakthrough change," and a reduction in employee risk and injuries. This is one of the conclusions of an Institute for Work & Health (IWH) study published online by the journal Safety Science.

  • March 7—The Institute for Work & Health aims to conduct "actionable" research of value to employers, workers and policy-makers in their pursuit of safe and healthy workplaces. In other words, we aim to have an impact. We recently published four new case studies dated December 2015) that provide evidence of our research informing policies concerning new workers, leading indicators, temp agency workers and enforcement.

  • February 17—Learn why it's important to pay attention to injured workers’ mental health in the first six months after injury. Read about the trust and communication issues employers identify when dealing with general practitioners on return-to-work issues. Find out about a type of exercise shown to be effective in reducing pain and disability among people with low-back pain. Read how the Institute for Work & Health (WH) relies on networks to improve evidence uptake. You get all this and more in the Winter 2016 issue of At Work, IWH's quarterly newsletter.

  • January 11— The Institute for Work & Health is currently conducting research into the policies and practices of construction firms in Ontario’s industrial, commercial and institutional (ICI) sector. Contacted firms are encouraged to take part in the survey (either in person or online) in order to help build a workplace health and safety benchmarking database for the sector. Surveys are being conducted until the end of March 2016.

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