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IWH News

March 2015

New e-learning program now available
on ergonomics for office workers

An evidence-based office ergonomics e-learning program is now available. Developed by the Institute for Work & Health (IWH) in partnership with the Public Services Health & Safety Association (PSHSA), eOfficeErgo will help office workers understand the risks linked to computer work, use ergonomics strategies to set up their workstations and adopt healthy computing habits.

Get the program

Tracking impact: How an IWH event
helped shape Manitoba WCB review

In 2012, the province of Manitoba commissioned a review of the rate assessment model used by its workers’ compensation board (WCB). After submitting his recommendations, the review author credited an IWH event for providing some perspectives on the social, economic and policy implications of experience rating, a model for setting WCB premiums used across Canada. Read the story of how the Institute conference brought together the research and expertise that helped inform the report—one of five new case studies posted in December 2014 about our research impact.

Read the case studies

What researchers can learn about work
from the people who do it: slidecast

There has been growing focus on the hazards of prolonged sitting at work, and probably with good reason. But how often do we think about the workers who don’t have the option to sit? Do occupational health and safety (OHS) researchers wear blinders when it comes to class? Hear the thought-provoking plenary by Dr. Karen Messing, professor emeritus at l’Université du Québec à Montréal, and author of Pain and Prejudice: What Science Can Learn about Work from the People Who Do It.

Watch/listen to the slidecast

Workers with permanent impairment
face higher risk of early death: Study

In Canada, about one in 10 people injured at work experience some form of permanent impairment. In a new IWH study, Dr. Heather Scott-Marshall tracked the long-term death rate of this group. She found a higher risk of early death many years after the initial injury—a risk that was also linked to the extent they lose their place in the workforce.

Read the article

IWH now accepting registrations for
spring Systematic Review Workshop

Do you know the difference between no evidence of an effect and an evidence of no effect? Can you explain it? The popular IWH Systematic Review Workshop not only teaches you how to plan and conduct a systematic review, but also how to interpret and communicate findings.

Sign up now

For more information, please contact

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

Uyen Vu
Communications Associate

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