Research that matters to protecting the health and safety of workers

The Institute for Work & Health (IWH) is a Canadian leader in work injury and disability prevention research. An independent, not-for-profit organization, IWH conducts and shares actionable research to promote, protect and improve the health and safety of working people.

Latest news & findings


Boost OHS training outcomes with embedded essential skills content

Are you concerned that literacy or numeracy skills gaps among workers would get in the way of their uptake of job skills or OHS training? If so, embedding essential skills content in the job or OHS training could help. Our recent study of hoisting and rigging learners showed better scores among those who took the training with embedded essential skills. A guide based on that research is now available to download.

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Guide to support workers with depression now available to download

If someone you work with or supervise experiences depressionor if you have symptoms yourselfthere are ways to offer and seek support. Our new Evidence-informed guide to supporting people with depression in the workplace lays out tips and suggestions. It’s aimed at helping people with depression cope with symptoms while working or returning to work after an episode of depression.

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The Spring 2018 At Work is out

In this issue... what researchers, workers and managers say about how to support employees with depression; the link between facilities near or at work—such as playing fields, gyms and shower rooms—and workers' exercise level; the economic burden of non-melanoma skin cancers due to sun exposure at work, and more. If you're not getting the issue in your inbox, make sure to subscribe!

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On Saturday, April 28, mark National Day of Mourning

This Saturday, April 28, is the National Day of Mourning to remember those who have died, or been left injured or ill, because of their work. Mark the day by watching the video or posting a tribute on the WSIB Day of Mourning site. Join the CCOHS social media “thunderclap.” Attend a commemorative event listed by Workers Health and Safety Centre.

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IWH Systematic Review Workshop—May 14-16: Only a few spots left

The Institute for Work & Health's Spring 2018 Systematic Review Workshop is set to take place May 14-16 in Toronto. Designed for clinical trainees, clinicians, decision-makers, academics and researchers, this popular workshop teaches you how to plan, conduct and communicate the results of a systematic review. If interested, please register soon. Space is limited and almost full.

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Embedding essential skills content in an OHS training program can result in improved learning, an IWH study has found.

A new guide on supporting workers with depression taps into both research evidence and on-the-ground experiences of workers and managers. 

Violence prevention efforts at hospitals face similar challenges around training, patient flagging, alarm, security and reporting.

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Tools and guides

Integrate evidence-based policies and practices into your occupational health and safety, return-to-work and rehabilitation programs. IWH has created a number of tools and guides based on our research findings that can help improve program outcomes.

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Impact case studies

Find out how IWH research is making a difference. Read our impact case studies, in which policy-makers, workplaces and other stakeholders in health, safety and disability prevention tell how IWH research helped improve their policies, programs and practices.

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Research summaries

Whether it’s a policy briefing, a systematic review summary or the highlights of a specific research project, we’ve compiled a number of plain-language summaries to help you understand the research we’re doing, what we have found, and how we found it.

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Learn directly from the researchers themselves about their latest findings in health, safety and disability prevention. We host regular presentations (in person or live stream) through our IWH Speaker Series and our annual Nachemson lecture.

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