At Work 100 (Spring 2020)

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All At Work articles about research findings can now be found in the Publications & Resources, on the Plain-language summaries page. At Work articles about events, initiatives, appointments and awards can be found in the News & Events section, on the What’s New page.

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Coronavirus: The risks to essential workers with hidden health conditions

The COVID-19 pandemic has left many in Canada’s workforce worried about their health and finances. Those worries are even greater for workers living with an underlying and invisible chronic health condition, writes Dr. Arif Jetha in an op-ed piece.
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What research can do: How IWH research is responding to COVID-19

COVID-19 affects the work and health of people in Canada and around the world in vastly different ways. Research on the experiences of workers, and the effects of the pandemic on their health, is essential. Here's how IWH researchers are responding.
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IWH researchers adapting research for the COVID-19 context

To explore the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on the intersection between work and health, IWH scientists are adapting studies already underway.
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Anxiety levels among health-care workers during COVID-19 linked to inadequate PPE

Nearly six in 10 surveyed health-care workers in Canada reported anxiety levels surpassing an accepted threshold for clinical screening for the condition. Workers who reported more unmet PPE needs also reported higher levels of anxiety, according to a study by OHCOW.
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Setting up a temporary home office

As offices across Canada emptied out to help reduce the spread of COVID-19, workers had to set up makeshift workstations at their couches and kitchen tables. What can they do to make their workspaces more ergonomic? We ask Dr. Dwayne Van Eerd, co-developer of IWH's eOfficeErgo.
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Supporting settlement agencies to raise OHS awareness among newcomers

Newcomers to Canada face a higher risk of workplace injury and illness, due in part to a lack of knowledge about their OHS rights and responsibilities. Settlement agencies can help raise this awareness, but they also need support from the prevention system to do so, according to a recent project.
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At-work use of cannabis reported by 1 in 12 workers—no change since legalization

In follow-up study of cannabis use before and after legalization in Canada, IWH research team found no increase in at-work or daily use of cannabis. Still, one in 12 said they used cannabis just before work, during work or during work breaks.
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IWH Updates - Spring 2020

Research associate joins scientist ranks ~ Dalla Lana alumni award goes to IWH scientist ~ CIHR scholarship awarded to IWH PhD student ~ World Congress 2020 rescheduled to 2021