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August 2016

Study estimates costs of year’s new cases of lung cancers due to asbestos exposure

What would be the savings to Canadians if we did not have any new cases of cancer attributable to occupational asbestos exposures in a particular year? An economic burden study by Dr. Emile Tompa of the Institute for Work & Health (IWH) examined the costs associated with new cases of mesothelioma and asbestos-related lung cancer diagnosed in 2011. The final tab, he says, is only a conservative estimate.

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No evidence of ‘trade off’ between operations and safety management, study finds

Would you sacrifice your organization’s operational goals to improve health and safety performance? What about vice versa? Fortunately, organizations don’t have to weigh that option. A new study that includes IWH researchers has found no evidence of a trade off when it comes to safety and operational performance.

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PREMUS keynotes now available as slidecasts

The keynote lectures at PREMUS 2016, which IWH hosted in June, offered probing discussions of four topics related to the prevention of occupational musculoskeletal disorders. Brief summaries of the lectures have been published in our quarterly At Work. For those interested in the intricate research involved, the full-length slidecasts of the lectures are worth the time. They’re available on IWH’s YouTube channel.

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Celebrate disability management advocate and NIDMAR founder at Nachemson 2016

Over 20 years ago, the National Institute of Disability Management and Research (NIDMAR) opened in doors, with the important aim of reducing the costs of disability to workers, employers and society by providing education, research, policy development and implementation resources to promote workplace-based reintegration programs. This year, join a panel of distinguished speakers as they celebrate the founder and driving force behind NIDMAR: Wolfgang Zimmermann. This year’s Alf Nachemson Memorial Lecture, hosted annually by IWH, will be held in Toronto on Friday, October 14, at 11:30 a.m., with lunch to follow.

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World Health Organization designates cancer research centre OCRC a collaborator

In 2016, the World Health Organization (WHO) designated the Occupational Cancer Research Centre (OCRC) as a Collaborating Centre for Occupational and Environmental Cancer. This designation is the result of a long-standing partnership with the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO), which serves as the Americas’ regional office of the WHO on occupational cancer research and prevention in Latin America and the Caribbean.

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IWH welcomes new associate scientist

The Institute is very pleased to announce a new addition to our scientific roster. Dr. Arif Jetha joins us as associate scientist. Jetha first arrived at IWH in 2015 as a Mustard Post-Doctoral Fellow. He focuses his research on preventing and managing work disability among workers with chronic conditions.

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