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September 2017

Adapting OHS evidence to a local context: New guide points the way

Systematic reviews help users of occupational health and safety (OHS) evidence answer the question, ‘What works?’ However, stakeholders still struggle sometimes with the question, ‘Will it work here?’ That’s why researchers at the Institute for Work & Health (IWH) and Memorial University have developed an innovative method for considering research evidence within a local context.

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Nachemson lecturer zeroes in on safety culture and leadership in high-hazard work

How can we improve workplace health and safety at construction worksites, which are ever constantly changing? A focus on the safety culture, climate and leadership of individual worksites can go a long way, says Dr. Linda Goldenhar, director of research at CPWR—The Center for Construction Research and Training in Silver Spring, Md. Goldenhar will share CPWR research and resources at this year’s Alf Nachemson Memorial Lecture, a public event hosted by IWH on November 1 in downtown Toronto. Registration is free.


Five reasons why mental illness claims are so challenging for benefit administrators

Benefit claims for mental illness are a challenge for income support program administrators. How to prove the illness and verify its duration are just some of the difficulties identified by Dr. Ashley McAllister in her study on policy design. McAllister, a post-doctoral fellow at Sweden’s Karolinksa Institute, recently shared her findings at a plenary hosted by IWH, where she was a visiting researcher. Read the highlights of that presentation in a new At Work article.

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Update: Economic burden of work-related asbestos estimated at $2.35B

The economic burden of mesotheliomas and lung cancers due to work-related exposures to asbestos diagnosed during a one-year period is $2.35 billion in Canada. That’s according to an economic evaluation by IWH. The estimate, higher than previously reported, was recently published in an open-access article. A study update is available in At Work.

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New IWH plenary season launches with look at work of Ontario government ergonomists

Curious about what ergonomists at the Ontario Ministry of Labour (MOL) do? In the first IWH open plenary of the 2017-18 season, Ontario’s provincial ergonomist, Brian McInnes, walks the audience through a day in the life of an MOL ergonomist. IWH plenaries are free lectures—held at IWH and online—presented by work-and-health researchers from across Canada and beyond. Check often for upcoming plenaries, or sign up for notifications so you’ll never miss a topic of interest.

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