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October 2015

Workers’ compensation benefits help keep down poverty levels: IWH study

Are poverty levels worse under Ontario’s current workers’ compensation program than under previous programs? How do injured workers fare over time when compared to workers who aren’t injured? Senior Scientist Dr. Emile Tompa at the Institute for Work & Health (IWH) examines the income tax data of tens of thousands of injured workers and their non-injured peers to find out.

Read about his findings

Don’t miss it: 2015 Nachemson lecture highlights research use at Ontario’s WSIB

On Thursday October 29, come hear Judy Geary share her experience leading a decade of reform at the Workplace Safety and Insurance Board (WSIB). She attributes the success of those reforms to the use of research findings from around the world on effective practices on work disability prevention. Geary is the speaker at this year’s Alf Nachemson Memorial Lecture, hosted annually by IWH.

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Register now for IWH’s Fall Systematic Review workshop

Most practitioners and clinicians don’t have the time or resources to stay up to date on a body of research. That’s where systematic reviews come in. Learn all the steps involved in conducting a systematic review from IWH’s team of experts— from ways to formulate review questions to strategies for crafting messages to the public. The Fall 2015 workshop is being held November 25-27.

Register for the workshop

Be part of PREMUS 2016: Submit your abstract by October 30, 2015 deadline

On June 20-23, 2016, come share your research on preventing work-related musculoskeletal disorders. Network among the best and the brightest in the causes, costs and controls of workplace MSD. Who knows, you may even leave with a few more collaborations in the works. The deadline to submit your abstract is October 30. Don’t miss your chance.

Go to the PREMUS 2016 site

IWH marks Global Ergonomics Month with MSD prevention resources and events

In recognition of October being Global Ergonomics Month, IWH is offering a number of resources, tools and events to help prevent musculoskeletal disorders (MSDs). They include: a new resource page on participatory ergonomics; eOfficeErgo, a free online ergonomics training program for office workers; and two plenaries on MSD prevention strategies. IWH joins other partners in Ontario in marking Global Ergonomics Month. For a look at what is happening system-wide, check out the Ministry of Labour’s Ergonomics Month page.

Visit the Ministry’s website

Understanding work-related hand dermatitis in health care

Occupational hand dermatitis is a serious and debilitating disease that’s very common among health-care workers. However, we still know little about its prevalence, its impact or ways to prevent it. A project by the Centre for Research Expertise on Occupational Disease (CREOD) is identifying best practices to screen and prevent hand dermatitis in hospital settings. The use of a new screening tool was found to be feasible. It also revealed prevalence rates and risk factors similar to those reported in the literature.

Learn more about the study

One-day symposium on work disability policy now open for registration

How can work disability programs be better coordinated to support the needs of workers with disabilities? The Centre for Research on Work Disability is holding a symposium on November 20 to explore this question and others. Join a gathering of academics, policy-makers, injured worker and disability community representatives, employers and labour to identify a roadmap for improved work disability policy in Canada.

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Young adults with rheumatic disease sought for IWH study on employment

Do you know a young adult 18 to 35 years of age in the southern Ontario area who has rheumatoid arthritis, lupus, juvenile arthritis, scleroderma or psoriatic arthritis, and who has worked for at least part of the past year? Researchers at IWH would like to talk to them as part of a study on the impact of rheumatic disease on employment for young adults. Please share this widely to help us find people for this important study.

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IWH’s 2014 Annual Report now available

Did you know there were 52 active research projects at the Institute in 2014? Read about many of them in our latest annual report, which focuses on the contribution of our research to promoting a culture of occupational health and safety.

Download the report

For more information, please contact

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

Uyen Vu
Communications Associate

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