OHS vulnerability linked to higher injury rates

Workers who report being vulnerable according to IWH's OHS Vulnerability Measure also report higher rates of work-related injury, according to new IWH study. 

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Fall 2016 issue of At Work is out

Read how two workplaces use IWH research and tools. Find out about the work to date by the Centre for Research on Work Disability Policy. Get the results from a study on experience rating design. And more...

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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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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

  • January 17—The Institute for Work & Health is seeking a qualified person for the position of project coordinator/research associate for a one-year contract. The deadline for applications is January 27, 2017.

  • January 13—Workers who report being vulnerable according to the Institute for Work & Health's OHS Vulnerability Measure also report higher rates of work-related injury, according to a study just published in the journal Safety ScienceThe study suggests that IWH’s measure meaningfully assesses workplace hazards and OHS program shortcomings that are associated with the frequency of work injuries and, if addressed, will likely result in fewer work-related injuries and illnesses down the road.

  • Institute for Work & Health Scientist Dr. Agnieszka Kosny talks about the findings from her recent study into the challenges facing health-care practitioners in the return to work of patients with complex work-related injuries and illnesses.

  • January 9—Most health-care providers do not have problems with the workers’ compensation system or return-to-work process when they treat patients with visible, acute physical injuries supported by clear evidence. However, they may face challenges when they encounter patients with multiple injuries, gradual-onset or complex illnesses, chronic pain and mental health conditions. An Institute for Work & Health study led by Scientist Dr. Agnieszka Kosny explores these challenges and offers recommendations to address them.

  • December 29—The Institute for Work & Health is seeking a qualified person for the position of research project coordinator for an 18-month contract. The deadline for applications is January 20, 2017.

  • November 15—The Fall 2016 issue of At Work is all about stories of impact. Learn how Kitchener-Wilmot Hydro continues to see injury reductions, thanks to a participatory ergonomics team set up a decade ago as part of a study. Find out why Carillion Canada decided to get involved in IWH research measuring worker vulnerability, and what the company learned by doing so. Plus, the far-reaching influence of the National Institute of Disability Management and Research founder Wolfgang Zimmermann, the work of the Centre for Research on Work Disability Policy, and more.

  • 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.

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