At Work 105 (Summer 2021)

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IWH hosts new program to mentor Ontario’s frontline doctors in occupational medicine

A two-year project is being launched at the Institute for Work & Health to mentor frontline health-care providers in occupational and environmental medicine, a first such project using the well-known ECHO model.
Vector of masked workers standing in front of workplaces with coronovirus surrounding them, implying impact of COVID on workers

What research can do: Partnering on a tool to estimate occupational risks of COVID

Public Health Ontario and Institute for Work & Health collaborate on a tool to estimate the occupational exposures that put workers at risk of COVID-19
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COVID worries highest among workers with both physical, mental health disabilities

People with both physical and mental health disabilities were the most concerned about their work, health and finances during the early part of the pandemic.
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Grant round-up: A selection of new studies supported by external grants in 2020-21

IWH researchers are studying issues ranging from opioid-related harms among Canadian workers to supporting first responders with post-traumatic stress injuries, thanks to funding from external granting bodies
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Inadequate employment standards, OHS vulnerability add to higher injury risks

IWH researchers found workers whose jobs fail to offer minimum employment standards are at an increased risk of work injury. When these workers also face health and safety vulnerability on the job, their risk of injury is even higher than the combined risk.
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Emerging evidence points to negative health effects of physical work demands

Recent studies are suggesting physically demanding work can have negative effects on workers’ cardiovascular health. At a recent IWH Speaker Series presentation, Associate Scientist Dr. Avi Biswas discussed how workplaces and policy-makers can help.
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IWH Updates - Summer 2021

Mustard post-doc fellow named IWH associate scientist ~ IWH research associate awarded Health System Impact Fellowship ~ XXII World Congress on Safety and Health at Work launches in less than a month