Monthly news and research findings from the Institute for Work & Health

IWH News

March 2018

We’ve got a new website!

The Institute for Work & Health (IWH) launched a new website this month. It took us more than a year of testing and analyzing our users’ habits. We thought long and hard about ways to present our research, findings and impact. The result is a website that has been reorganized and redesigned from the ground up–all done in-house, too! We hope you will find it rich in content, easy to navigate, and compelling enough to share. Please visit the site, and tell us what you think (or if your eagle-eyes spot a typo).

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Family members play an important role in injury aftermath: study

When someone gets injured, family members often rally to help with chores, shoulder the child- or elder-care burden, and cope with the financial impact. The support family members provide in the aftermath of an injury runs the gamut and yet is seldom formally acknowledged by compensation systems in policy or procedure, according to a study in Australia. That study, conducted by a team led by Dr. Agnieszka Kosny while she was on sabbatical from IWH, suggests family members may need support services, too.

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WSPS small business outreach makes use of IWH model

Through her “breakthrough change” research project, IWH Scientist Dr. Lynda Robson explored the critical factors behind large and sustained occupational health and safety (OHS) improvements in organizations. The model of breakthrough change that flowed from that research is now described as “a foundation for how we’re moving forward” by Workplace Safety and Prevention Services (WSPS) Small Business Director Harry Stewart. In a new impact case study, Stewart describes the many ways WSPS’s small business strategy taps into that model. As he puts it, “everything we’re looking at regarding outreach and solution development is built around aspects of the model.”

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Understanding flame retardant hazards in electronic waste recycling

As a result of efforts to stem the export of electronic waste to low- and middle-income countries, e-waste recycling is a growing industry in parts of Canada. At an IWH Speaker Series presentation on March 20, Dr. Victoria Arrandale of the Occupational Cancer Research Centre discusses the hazards faced by e-waste recycling workers, particularly the hazards of flame retardants. Flame retardants have been linked to endocrine disruption, neurological outcomes and reproductive effects.

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How risks of workplace violence differ by gender

How different are the risks of workplace violence for men and women? In an IWH Speaker Series presentation on March 27, IWH Senior Scientist Dr. Peter Smith discusses gender differences with regards to different types of workplace violence and across different industries in Ontario. He also discusses the need for better surveillance of this workplace hazard.

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

Uyen Vu
Communications Associate

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