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December 2014

Season’s Greetings from us all at IWH

As we look forward to the holidays and mark the end of another year, we at the Institute for Work & Health (IWH) send you our wishes for a joyous, peaceful and safe festive season, and a happy 2015. Thank you for your support over the year.

Workplace-based resistance training may help prevent upper extremity MSDs

A systematic review team at IWH recently combed through the existing research on ways to prevent musculoskeletal disorders (MSDs) in the arm, hand and shoulder. Find out what the team recommends when it comes to workplace-based resistance training, stretching exercises and more.

Read about it in At Work

Lessons on measuring research impact at IWH’s 2014 Nachemson lecture

What approaches are used at the U.S. National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) to measure the impact of workplace health research? In his 2014 Alf Nachemson Memorial Lecture, NIOSH Education and Information Director Dr. Paul Schulte shared lessons learned about these approaches. A slidecast of this year’s lecture is now available on IWH’s YouTube channel.

Listen to the lecture

Launch of the research chair on gender, work and health now posted as slidecast

Did you miss the launch of Dr. Peter Smith’s Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) research chair on gender, work and health? Listen to the slidecast, now available. Hear Dr. Smith talk about sex and gender segregation in the Canadian labour market, and the differences between men and women when it comes to work injury risk, return-to-work outcomes, and the impact of work conditions on chronic illness.

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Also available: Exploring a new model for monitoring work-related cancer risk

There are about 60 well-established workplace carcinogens and many more still unidentified. Yet Canada still lacks a surveillance system for work-related cancer risk. In a recent IWH plenary, Dr. Paul Demers, director of the Occupational Cancer Research Centre, shares findings from a pilot study on a new approach to assessing and monitoring workplace cancer risk.

Listen to the slidecast

Temp agency workers web page outlines IWH research on the issue

Early in November, the Ontario legislature passed The Stronger Workplaces for a Stronger Economy Act. One provision of the bill allows the government to make a regulation to better protect temp agency workers under the Workplace Safety and Insurance Board experience rating program. You can find out more about the health and safety challenges temp agency workers face and why the new provision may help address them on our website.

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