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IWH News

November 2014

Risk of injury remains high even after night shift workers opt for day jobs

There has been much research on the increased risk of work-related injury related to shift work. In a new Institute for Work & Health (IWH) study, Dr. Imelda Wong found the highest injury risk is faced by those who change from working regular days to working non-standard shifts. What’s more, shift workers who change into regular day shifts don't see their injury risks decline.

Read about the study in At Work

NIOSH director to share lessons on research impact at Nachemson lecture

On November 19, join other work health and safety practitioners, researchers and policy-makers at IWH’s annual Alf Nachemson Memorial Lecture, delivered by Dr. Paul Schulte. As long-time director of the education and information division at the U.S. National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH), Dr. Schulte will share lessons he has learned about turning research into tools, recommendations, guidelines and more to improve worker health protection.

Sign up for the Nachemson lecture

New IWH Issue Briefing examines prevalence of claims suppression

How often do employers try to induce or coerce workers into not reporting their work-related injuries or illnesses, in contravention of provincial health and safety laws? Two recent reports, one from Ontario and the other from Manitoba, have looked into this question. We’ve summarized their findings in our latest Issue Briefing on claims suppression.

Download the Issue Briefing

CRE-MSD to hold conference on aging workforce and MSD prevention

How should employers design and manage work processes in light of an aging workforce? That’s the topic of a conference to be held December 8, 2014, in Mississauga, Ont. Organized by the Centre of Research Expertise for the Prevention of Musculoskeletal Disorders (CRE-MSD), this conference will focus on musculoskeletal disorders (MSDs) while encouraging participants to think broadly about work ability among older workers.

Learn more about the conference

Exploring ways to gather work exposure data at community health centres

We currently don’t have a system for tracking the occupational disease risks to which workers are exposed across a given region in Canada. That’s why a research team, led by the Occupational Cancer Research Centre (OCRC), the Centre for Research Expertise in Occupational Disease (CREOD) and CRE-MSD, is looking into ways to partner with community health centres to collect work exposure information. The study will look at the feasibility of using surveys during patient intake interviews as a tool for data gathering.

Read about the study

Fall systematic review workshop now open for registration

Do you think of homesteading when you hear of forest plots? Then you need to take our systematic review workshop. There’s a lot to learn in this popular course, now extended to two modules held over five days (December 1 to 5). Participants can sign up for the systematic review module, the new meta-analysis module, or both. Deadline to register is November 21.

Register for the systematic review workshop

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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