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IWH News

July 2016

Research finds key return-to-work differences between MSD and psychological claims

Unlike many workers’ compensation systems in Canada, WorkSafe Victoria in Australia accepts claims of psychological injuries arising out of chronic stress at work. A research team, which includes Institute for Work & Health (IWH) researchers, is now looking at Victoria data to understand how psychologically injured workers fare when compared to those with musculoskeletal disorders (MSDs).

Read the early findings

CRWDP collaborating on a new CSA Group standard on work disability prevention

Last month, the CSA Group, the Centre for Research on Work Disability Policy (CRWDP) and other partners presented a webinar on the development of a new national standard. The aim of this new CSA Group standard is to help organizations systematically manage work disability, including their policies and programs on returning people to work and on hiring and retaining workers with disabilities. This webinar, which included a presentation by Dr. Emile Tompa, CRWDP co-director and IWH senior scientist, is now available for replay. You just have to register first at the link below.

Listen to the webinar

Couldn’t make it to PREMUS? Read the abstracts

The 9th International Scientific Conference on the Prevention of Work-Related Musculoskeletal Disorders (PREMUS) was a success. Nearly 400 researchers and practitioners from around the world gathered in Toronto for four days in June to discuss their findings, share strategies and brainstorm on future collaborations. If you weren’t able to attend, check out the Storify of the #PREMUS2016 hashtag for some highlights, and read about the research presented in the PREMUS 2016 book of abstracts.

Go to PREMUS 2016 website

Mark your calendar for the 2016 Nachemson lecture

Save the date: the Institute’s annual Alf Nachemson Memorial Lecture will be held on Friday, October 14. A panel of distinguished speakers will deliver remarks celebrating the contribution of Wolfgang Zimmerman, executive director of the National Institute for Disability Management and Research (NIDMAR), to the prevention and management of work disability in Canada and beyond. The Nachemson lecture is a premier networking event for policy-makers, researchers, professionals, advocates and other stakeholders in work injury and disability prevention in Ontario. Please note that, this year, the event begins at 11:30 a.m.

Reserve your spot

CARWH early bird registration ends soon

Along with the lead host, the Occupational Cancer Research Centre (OCRC), IWH is proud to co-host CARWH 2016, the biannual conference of the Canadian Association for Research on Work and Health. Taking place in Toronto on October 16-18, the conference is expected to attract occupational health researchers and others from across Canada with a stake in advancing research to improve workplace health and safety. Register by July 31 to enjoy early bird savings.

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Integrating ergonomics into production system design: IWH plenary slidecast

How can human factors be integrated into production system design processes? In an IWH plenary this spring, Ryerson University engineering associate professor Dr. Patrick Neumann shared his “action research” project working with Blackberry to ensure ergonomic considerations are embedded into design processes. That plenary is now available as a slidecast.

Watch the slidecast

For more information, please contact

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

Uyen Vu
Communications Associate

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