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November 2015

Policy works better when based on evidence, says 2015 Alf Nachemson Memorial lecturer

As they set out to undertake sweeping change on the heels of a “bad decade,” leaders at the Workplace Safety and Insurance Board decided to look to research evidence to guide the reform. At last month’s Alf Nachemson Memorial Lecture, hosted by the Institute for Work & Health (IWH), former executive Judy Geary shared stories about working with researchers to shape policy. A slidecast of that lecture is now available. Hear an insider’s perspective about the change—and how IWH helped provide the science behind it.

Listen to the slidecast

New IWH video discusses link between shift work and injury risk, health outcomes

Whether as a cashier at a 24-hour supermarket, an office building cleaner or a long-haul truck driver, increasing numbers of Canadians are working nights, evenings or rotating shifts. These schedules come with higher injury rates and other health consequences. In a new IWH research video, 2013-2015 Mustard Fellow Dr. Imelda Wong sums up some of what she found in her shift work research over the last few years.

Watch the video

Hoping to share research on MSD prevention? You can still submit a PREMUS 2016 abstract

Thanks to everyone who has sent in a research abstract to PREMUS 2016, the 9th International Scientific Conference on the Prevention of Work-Related Musculoskeletal Disorders, to be held in Toronto June 20-23, 2016. Those who haven’t yet submitted an abstract still can. The call-for-abstracts deadline has been extended until November 30. Do you have findings to share from a workplace intervention study? A new method of measuring exposure? How about an innovative way of understanding the burden or epidemiology of the condition? We want to hear from you.

Submit your PREMUS 2016 abstract

Livestream option for IWH plenaries available

Throughout the year, IWH holds plenaries where scientists from across Canada and around the globe present their research on work and health. IWH plenaries are typically held on Tuesdays at 11 a.m. at 481 University Ave. If you can’t make it in person, you can now join in remotely through our livestream option.

Find out more

Last chance to sign up for CRWDP’s November symposium on work disability policy

Join in on a roundtable discussion with partners, researchers and other stakeholders as they build a roadmap for improving work disability policy in Canada. Hear from keynote speaker Mike Bradley, mayor of Sarnia, Ont., on what employers can do. There are just a few days left to register for the Centre for Research on Work Disability Policy (CRWDP)’s national symposium, Informing the Roadmap for Work Disability Policy in Canada.

Register now

For more information, please contact

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

Uyen Vu
Communications Associate

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