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

IWH News

January 2015

Work-related injury rates falling,
but not injury rates outside work

An Institute for Work & Health (IWH) study of injury trends in Ontario finds rates of work-related injuries fell by 30 per cent over eight years. However, rates of injuries not related to work did not change during the same period.

Read about the study

CIHR training program on aging and work
now open for registration

In partnership with the Canadian Institutes for Health Research (CIHR), IWH is hosting an advanced training program on health, wellness and participation of older adults in the world of work. The Summer Program on Aging 2015, to be held June 1 to 5, is aimed at graduate students and postdoctoral fellows with an interest in research on such issues as health, safety and productivity in an aging workforce. Registration is open now until January 26.

Find out more

Evidence-driven tool now available
to measure effectiveness of JHSCs

How well does your organization’s joint health and safety committee (JHSC) function? An evidence-driven tool is now available to help employers, JHSC members and others answer that question. Developed by the Centre for Research Expertise in Occupational Disease (CREOD), the tool is a 21-item survey that’s easy to fill out in under an hour. Use it to start discussions, set priorities and measure the effectiveness of your JHSC.

Learn about and download the tool

Syme fellowships on work and health
now accepting applications

Are you a master’s or doctoral student with a passion for research on work and health? You may be eligible for an S. Leonard Syme Training Fellowship at IWH. Applicants with an interest in the social determinants of health or workplace interventions to improve health are especially welcome.

Learn more about the fellowship

Conference explores human factors, production quality and worker health

How does human factors engineering help prevent errors, quality deficits, as well as work-related musculoskeletal disorders (MSDs)? Come hear a state-of-the-art review on the relationship between human factors and production quality. This one-day conference, organized by the Centre for Research Expertise for the Prevention of Musculoskeletal Disorders (CRE-MSD), takes place January 26 in Toronto.

Sign up for the conference

For more information, please contact

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

Uyen Vu
Communications Associate

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