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February 2016

Depressive symptoms six months post-injury may signal poor mental health later on

Depressive symptoms are common in the first year after people have been injured at work. That’s according to a new Institute for Work & Health (IWH) study that also found the first six months may be a window of opportunity to screen for symptoms of depression, and provide the necessary support to those who need it.

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DASH Outcome Measure 20th anniversary kicks off with special plenary on February 23

In 1996, when the DASH Outcome Measure was developed by the IWH and the American Association of Orthopedic Surgeons (AAOS), no measure existed to assess the disability and function of the arm, shoulder and hand as a whole. Today, this outcome measure is used across the world in 50 languages and dialects. On its 20th anniversary, IWH is celebrating with DASHBash—a year of events that kicks off on February 23 with a special plenary to highlight the achievements of this “little tool that grew.”

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On RSI Day, make use of IWH’s evidence and tools on MSD prevention

February 29, the last day of the month, is International Repetitive Strain Injury (RSI) Awareness Day. To learn how to prevent and reduce the impact of musculoskeletal disorders (MSDs), check out IWH’s MSD Prevention page. There, you’ll find a range of tools, resources and research summaries—from participatory ergonomics guidelines to systematic reviews on workplace programs to reduce upper-extremity MSDs.

Go to the MSD Prevention page

Slidecast looks at strategies to integrate MSD prevention into management systems

Here is another item of potential interest for RSI Day: advice on integrating MSD prevention programs into broader management system frameworks. In a recent plenary, Dr. Amin Yazdani of University of Waterloo examined harmonized approaches and tools that can bring MSD prevention to the table. That plenary is now available as a slidecast on our YouTube channel.

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Catch our scientists at upcoming OHS conferences

In upcoming weeks, don’t miss some of our scientists as they take their research findings to occupational health and safety (OHS) audiences. On February 29, Dr. Lynda Robson is at the Canadian Centre for Occupational Health and Safety Forum (CCOHS) Forum 2016 in Vancouver. She’s offering a close-up look of breakthrough change at four workplaces that turned around their OHS performance. Then, catch Dr. Peter Smith and Dr. Ben Amick at the popular Partners in Prevention conference on April 26 and 27 in Toronto, hosted by Workplace Safety & Prevention Services. Smith is presenting a measure of OHS vulnerability and Amick offers thoughts on the different segments of the OHS marketplace, as seen in the data from the Ontario Leading Indicators Project. He’ll also share how to develop a violence prevention program.

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Mesothelioma cases in Ontario continue to rise, according to fact sheet released by OCRC

The number of newly diagnosed cases of mesothelioma among Ontario men has continued to rise, from 30 new cases in 1981 to 180 new cases in 2012. That’s according to an Ontario Cancer Fact released by the Occupational Cancer Research Centre (OCRC) and Cancer Care Ontario.

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

Uyen Vu
Communications Associate

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