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December 2016

Season’s Greetings from all of us at IWH

As the festive season approaches, it’s time for us at the Institute for Work & Health (IWH) to thank you for your support over the year. We wish you a safe, peaceful and joyful holiday season. All the best for 2017.

A look back at the Top 5 At Work stories in 2016

Did you catch the top articles about IWH research findings over the year? Here is a look back at the five most-read At Work articles in 2016.

  1. Key differences in return to work between MSD and psychological claims
  2. Employers and doctors often have uneasy relationship in RTW
  3. COR-certified employers have lower rates of serious injuries than those not in program
  4. Depressive symptoms common in first 12 months after work injury
  5. Ontario utility continues to benefit years after joining participatory ergonomics study

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New Issue Briefing looks at IWH research on vulnerable workers

Over the years, researchers at IWH have studied injury risks faced by young, new, immigrant and temporary workers. A new Issue Briefing pulls together this body of evidence and makes the case for shifting the focus to labour force and workplace factors—and away from demographic factors—as the source of occupational health and safety vulnerability.

Read the Issue Briefing

Examining the impact of arthritis on work, across different life stages

Although arthritis is often thought to be linked to aging, more than half of people with the condition are of working age (15 to 64 years). So how does arthritis affect the working life of those with the condition? Dr. Arif Jetha, an associate scientist at IWH, has been exploring this question through the lens of people at various stages of their working lives. He recently presented his findings at an IWH plenary, which is now available as a slidecast.

View the slidecast

CREOD’s JHSC effectiveness assessment tool tested among Ontario’s elementary teachers

A tool to help improve the effectiveness of joint health and safety committees (JHSCs) has received positive feedback in the education sector. The JHSC Assessment Tool was first developed by the Centre for Research Expertise in Occupational Disease (CREOD) for the health-care sector. Recently, CREOD worked with the Elementary Teachers’ Federation of Ontario to test the tool at three Ontario school boards. Participants found the tool useful and were able to identify top priorities for improving their JHSCs. CREOD is now developing a web-based version of the tool for broad testing across many sectors.

Read about this project

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

Uyen Vu
Communications Associate

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