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IWH News

June 2017

NEW research video sums up what makes workplace-based RTW programs effective

What can workplaces do to create effective return-to-work (RTW) programs? The key messages from a systematic review co-led by the Institute for Work & Health (IWH) are now summed up in a video short. Watch it and share!

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IWH study examines effect of Ontario’s mandatory OHS training on awareness

A mandatory occupational health and safety (OHS) awareness training initiative in Ontario, introduced in July 2014, appeared to increase participation in training about health and safety rights and responsibilities. And workers who reported receiving the training were found to have higher levels of OHS awareness compared to workers who had not received training.

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Q&A with IWH fellow and sedentary lifestyle researcher on study implications

Prolonged sitting is linked to a 90 per cent increase in Type 2 diabetes, higher rates of cancer and cardiovascular diseases. That’s according to a 2015 meta-analysis authored by Dr. Aviroop Biswas, now a Mustard Post-Doctoral Fellow at the Institute. In a Q&A article in At Work, Dr. Biswas shares his thoughts on the implications of that paper and what research questions he’s tackling next.

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IWH now recruiting for Director, Knowledge Transfer and Exchange

The Institute for Work & Health uses innovative knowledge transfer methods to ensure our research evidence is available, understandable and usable for our stakeholders. We are looking for an energetic, creative and talented leader to direct the Institute’s team of communication and knowledge transfer professionals.

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Save the date for Nachemson 2017

We know it’s a long way off, but you’ll want to mark your calendars now for Wednesday, November 1, so you can join us at the Design Exchange in downtown Toronto for our annual Alf Nachemson Memorial Lecture. The invited lecturer this year is Dr. Linda Goldenhar, Director of Research and Evaluation at CPWR—The Center for Construction Research and Training in Maryland, U.S.A. The free public lecture, a premier networking event in Ontario for researchers, practitioners and policy-makers in occupational work and health, is back at its usual time at 5 p.m.

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Plenary slidecast: Time for a new low-back pain revolution?

Much has changed in the last 20 years about the way we treat low-back pain. But one thing hasn’t changed: low-back pain remains the No. 1 health disorder around the world. In a recent plenary, Cochrane Back and Neck Co-ordinating Editor Dr. Maurits Van Tulder looked back at the shift from a biomedical to a biopsychosocial model of treating low-back pain—and what research says about the treatment approaches that have come and gone. His talk is now available as a slidecast.

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For more information, please contact

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

Uyen Vu
Communications Associate

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