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


IWH Speaker Series—March 20: Understanding flame retardant hazards in e-waste recycling

As a result of efforts to stem the export of electronic waste to low- and middle-income countries, e-waste recycling is a growing industry in parts of Canada. At an IWH Speaker Series presentation on March 20, Dr. Victoria Arrandale of the Occupational Cancer Research Centre discusses the hazards faced by e-waste recycling workers. She focuses on the hazards of flame retardants, which have been linked to endocrine disruption, neurological outcomes and reproductive effects.

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WSPS small business strategy taps into IWH's model of breakthrough change

In 2016, IWH Scientist Dr. Lynda Robson created a model of “breakthrough change” based on her research into the critical factors behind large and sustained occupational health and safety improvements in organizations. In a new impact case study, Workplace Safety and Prevention Services (WSPS) Small Business Director Harry Stewart describes the many ways WSPS's small business strategy builds on that model, which he describes as the "foundation for how we’re moving forward." 

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Join us May 8-9 at Work, Migration & Health Forum

On May 8 and 9, 2018, join researchers, advocates and policy-makers in Toronto at the Work, Health and Migration Forum. The event, hosted by the Occupational Health Clinics for Ontario Workers (OHCOW) and the Dalla Lana School of Public Health, is examining the labour experiences of temporary foreign workers, new immigrants, refugees, working international students and undocumented migrants. IWH and Wellesley Institute are sponsoring the event.

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Read the Winter 2018 issue of At Work

Learn about the experiences of newcomers to Canada when looking for and finding a job–and what they’re told or not told about their health and safety rights and responsibilities. Read about a systematic review on the link between work outcomes and opioids prescribed to treat acute musculoskeletal disorders (MSDs). Find out the impact an injury can have on family members, and how compensation systems can respond to help improve recovery. And more ....

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Institute for Work & Health welcomes new member to the KTE Advisory Committee

The Institute for Work & Health (IWH) is honoured to welcome Tom Zach to its Knowledge Transfer and Exchange Advisory Committee (KTEAC). Zach has worked as a communications professional within the public and private sectors for over 30 years. Currently, he is the director of government and stakeholder relations at the Public Services Health and Safety Association. He is there on secondment from his previous position as director of communications and marketing for the Ontario Ministry of Labour.

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Newcomers often lack OHS protection and information in their precarious first jobs. Settlement agencies may be able to help.

Studies consistently link opioids prescribed to treat acute MSDs with longer work disability, but it's not necessarily cause and effect.

Family members play an important role in the aftermath of a work injury, and their support during recovery should be acknowledged. 

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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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