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June 2016

Study by IWH scientist explores the link between COR certification and injury rates

The Certification of Recognition (COR) program recognizes and rewards employers that have robust occupational health and safety (OHS) and return-to-work policies. But do these employers actually have lower injury rates? That was the key question behind a study led by Dr. Chris McLeod of the Institute for Work & Health (IWH) and the University of British Columbia’s Partnership for Work, Health and Safety. The findings, reported on in the Spring 2016 issue of At Work, are also summed up in a new video card. Check it out and please share!

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IWH welcomes PREMUS 2016 delegates

Researchers from the around the world are gathering in Toronto June 20-23 to share evidence on the causes and prevention of work-related musculoskeletal disorders (MSDs). PREMUS 2016—the 9th International Scientific Conference on the Prevention of Work-Related Musculoskeletal Disorders—promises to be four days of stimulating knowledge sharing, and IWH is proud to play host. Check out the program and abstracts, now online. You can still register on site.

Go to PREMUS 2016 website

Find out about upcoming IWH plenaries by signing up for e-alerts

Another season of IWH plenaries has wrapped up; thanks for your support and interest over the year. Don’t miss out when IWH plenaries resume in September. Ensure you get notified by signing up for plenary e-alerts. Click on the link below and check Plenaries under Event Notifications.

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Measuring OHS vulnerability among newcomers: IWH plenary slidecast now online

Immigrants are more likely than Canadian-born workers to be in high-risk work situations—i.e. temporary contracts, small workplaces and physically demanding jobs. In a new project, an IWH team collaborated with settlement agencies to explore the ways newcomers experience OHS vulnerability, as defined by a new IWH tool. In this plenary, Research Associate Morgan Lay shares the findings.

Watch the plenary slidecast

IWH’s Dorcas Beaton receives U of T alumni award

Congratulations to IWH Senior Scientist Dr. Dorcas Beaton (centre in photo). Beaton, lead researcher in the development of the DASH Outcome Measure and member of IWH’s measurement research group, recently received the 2016 Alumni Achievement Award, given by the University of Toronto’s Physical Therapy and Occupational Therapy Alumni Association. The award recognizes graduates who have made an exceptional contribution to their profession. Learn about Dr. Beaton’s research interests and accomplishments on our website.

See Dr. Dorcas Beaton’s bio pages

CRE-MSD leads multi-stakeholder initiative to develop a new Ontario MSD prevention guide

In 2005-06, partners in Ontario’s health and safety system developed the Ontario MSD Prevention Guideline and Toolbox to provide employers in the province with information and advice on workplace MSD prevention. Now, the Centre of Research Expertise for the Prevention of Musculoskeletal Disorders (CRE-MSD) is leading a multi-stakeholder initiative to update the guideline. Those involved in this “refresh” will evaluate the current guideline, determine workplace prevention needs, synthesize MSD prevention best practices, develop new prevention guide content, and test the content of the new guide and materials in workplaces.

Read more on the CRE-MSD site

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Cindy Moser
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Uyen Vu
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