Monthly news and research findings from the Institute for Work & Health

IWH News

September 2014

New slide decks provide best evidence on treating neck and back pain

Looking for scientific evidence on lumbar support for low back pain, botox on neck pain or anything else in between? Check out CBRG QuickDecks—the Cochrane Back Review Group’s slides summarizing systematic review findings on back and neck pain treatment options.

View the slide decks

Special IWH plenary launches research program on gender, work and health

How do the risks of work injury and work disability differ for women and men? In this special plenary launching a five-year research program on gender, work and health, Institute for Work & Health (IWH) Scientist Dr. Peter Smith outlines ways research can lead to sex- and gender-sensitive policies on injury and disability prevention. This off-site plenary will take place at the University of Toronto’s Hart House on Tuesday, October 14. Space is limited so RSVP as soon as you can.

Sign up for the plenary

Parents of young teens don’t fret about health and safety of their children’s work

Young teens who work get injured at higher rates than adults. But according to a recent study by Dr. Curtis Breslin at IWH, the parents of these very young workers aren’t overly concerned about the more common ways their children might get hurt.

Read the At Work article

Supervisors with autonomy more likely to support job accommodation

So much depends on the supervisor when a worker returns to work after an injury. For the first time, a study looks at the factors linked to supervisors’ attitudes about work accommodation. The study by IWH’s Dr. Vicki Kristman also identifies job accommodation practices that are most popular among supervisors.

Read in the latest At Work

NIOSH’s Dr. Paul Schulte to speak at Nachemson lecture on November 19

For 20 years, Dr. Paul Schulte has led the Education and Information Division at the U.S. National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH). On November 19 in Toronto, hear Dr. Schulte share lessons on moving research into practice and ensuring research has an effect on worker health protection. Don’t miss out on this premier networking event for policy-makers, researchers, professionals, advocates and other stakeholders in work injury and disability prevention.

Sign up for the Nachemson lecture

For more information, please contact

Cindy Moser
Communications Manager
416-927-2027, ext. 2183

Uyen Vu
Communications Associate
416-927-2027, ext. 2176

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