At Work 110 (Fall 2022)

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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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Employers struggle to provide newcomers with OHS training, support: IWH study

Employers are responsible for providing OHS training and support to keep workers safe. When it comes to workers who are new to Canada, workplaces face particular challenges following through on this responsibility.
Construction work on the new Victoria Bridge in downtown Saskatoon

What research can do: Sector safety group helps members measure OHS with IWH safety culture tool

The IWH-OPM is an eight-item safety culture measure that has been used across Canada and beyond to help workplaces measure OHS performance. Among its most recent applications is its use by the Saskatchewan Construction Safety Association, which is rolling it out, in several waves, to member firms.
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IWH study finds 7 in 10 injured workers still experience pain more than a year after injury

A high proportion of injured workers in Ontario experience persistent pain for well over a year after their work-related injury. According to an IWH study of workers' compensation lost-time claimants, 70 per cent of workers experience pain 18 months after their work injury.
An older female worker ponders decision while sitting in waiting room

Older workers not prone to ask for employer support, citing ageism and other issues

Many older workers are in no hurry to retire, but they may have support needs they're reluctant to divulge. An IWH team explores the reasons and suggests ways workplaces can provide support despite the absence of disclosure.
An overhead shot of a teacher, sitting in front of two laptops in a cramped corner of her home office

Study of educators during pandemic found psychosocial conditions worse for those teaching online

In the fall of 2020, Ontario educators who taught in a virtual environment felt isolated and unsupported, while those working in-person experienced anxiety related to the risk of COVID transmission. That’s according a study of Ontario teachers, conducted by OHCOW and IWH.
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IWH Updates - Fall 2022

IWH thanks former Board of Director members and welcomes new ones ~ IWH’s latest annual report highlights research on both emerging and longstanding issues