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

IWH News

May 2015

What’s your favourite way to access research information? We want to know

On paper or on a screen? In a video or on a poster? How do you access research information—and where? There’s still a week left to tell us at the Institute for Work & Health (IWH) how to bring you the research findings, tools and products you need to help prevent work-related injury and disability. If you’ve already completed this five-minute survey, send the link below to a client or colleague in the occupational health and safety (OHS) field. Help us hear from as wide an audience as possible on ways to effectively get research evidence into workplaces.

Take the survey

IWH research leads to new tool
to measure OHS vulnerability

When it comes to work-related health and safety, can you pick out the “vulnerable worker” in a crowd? IWH has developed a new tool to help assess vulnerability beyond the categories of workers (e.g. young, old, newcomer) and types of work (e.g. temporary, in small business) typically associated with vulnerability. The 29-item questionnaire measures workers’ OHS vulnerability along four dimensions—work hazards, workplace policies and procedures, worker awareness and worker empowerment.

Learn more about the tool

Did you get our new handout at Partners in Prevention 2015?

Thanks to all those who stopped by our booth at the Partners in Prevention conference and trade show last month. We enjoyed chatting about the workplace health and safety issues that concern you and the evidence-based tools and practices to help you address them. Our new handout, “5 things we think you should know,” was so popular we ran out of copies. If you didn’t pick up your copy, download it at the link below. Finally, thanks to all who entered our draw for a free iPad Mini. The lucky winner, we’re happy to announce, is Kathy Wilson of the United Brotherhood of Carpenters and Joiners of America, Local 785.

Download “5 things”

PREMUS 2016 website now live

Save the date! On June 20-23, 2016, world-renowned researchers on work-related musculoskeletal disorders (MSDs) will be gathering in Toronto for PREMUS 2016. Come hear about field trials on MSD prevention policies and practices, learn about the economic burden of work-related MSDs, find out how to measure exposure, and more. The conference website is now live. Registration information and a call for abstracts will be posted on May 15.

Go to the website

Developing a new work-related cancer surveillance system in Ontario

Although Ontario collects information on new cancers, the system lacks the work history information needed to perform occupational cancer surveillance and identify jobs with an increased risk of cancer. At the Occupational Cancer Research Centre (OCRC), a research team is exploring the feasibility of using injury claims data, linked with Ontario Cancer Registry files, to estimate the burden of work-related cancer in the province.

Read about the project

Understanding the health and safety picture behind IWH-OPM scores

IWH’s Organizational Performance Metric (IWH-OPM) is a quick eight-item survey that has been shown to predict injury claims rates. In ongoing research to validate the tool, an IWH team sat down with leaders to ask what health and safety looks like when organizations score low, medium or high. In a recent plenary, now available as a slidecast, co-investigator Basak Yanar shared findings of this qualitative phase of the IWH-OPM research project.

Watch it now

For more information, please contact

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

Uyen Vu
Communications Associate

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