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June 2018

Boost OHS training outcomes with embedded essential skills content

Are you concerned that literacy or numeracy skills gaps among workers may be getting in the way of their uptake of job skills or health and safety training? If so, embedding essential skills content into your training curriculum can help. The Institute for Work & Health (IWH)’s recent study of hoisting and rigging learners showed better scores among those who took training with embedded essential skills. A guide based on that research is now available to download.

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What helps or hinders the implementation of workplace violence programs in hospitals?

A cultural shift in recent years has resulted in growing recognition that workplace violence and aggression toward health-care workers are not an acceptable part of the job. But despite commitment among hospital leadership to tackle the issue, prevention efforts still face several common challenges on the ground. In a recent study, an IWH research team examined the key barriers to, and facilitators of, the implementation of violence prevention initiatives in hospitals.

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Now recruiting Manitoba construction firms for an OHS leading indicators study

How does your construction company measure up on safety? IWH and the Construction Safety Association of Manitoba are teaming up on a project to develop health and safety leading indicators for the construction sector. They’re also building benchmarks for the province’s construction workplaces. The project is now recruiting construction firms of all types and sizes operating in Manitoba to complete an online survey. Watch and share this video to help us spread the word. Or go to our project page for recruiting info.

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Take part in our study on accommodating workers with chronic diseases

Are you a supervisor or a manager who has experience accommodating someone with a chronic mental or physical condition? If so, we want to hear from you. Tell us about the challenges you faced communicating with and supporting employees with chronic health conditions while also balancing privacy concerns. If you’re interested in taking part in this study, please email Julie Bowring at or call 1-855-884-1416. Or go to the project page for more details. You can also get the early findings from this study next Tuesday, June 12, when IWH Senior Scientist Dr. Monique Gignac shares what she has learned so far in an IWH Speaker Series presentation.

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IWH Speaker Series wraps up season with a presentation on safety interventions

The IWH Speaker Series 2017/2018 season wraps up with a presentation by Dr. Johnny Dyreborg of Denmark’s National Research Centre for the Working Environment. He shares preliminary findings from a systematic review on effective interventions to prevent workplace injuries. He also discusses an interactive knowledge exchange approach to help workplaces implement evidence-based findings.

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To protect workers’ hands, consider offering hands-on training: CREOD study

Occupational skin disease is one of the most common occupational diseases. Primary prevention is key to reducing exposures. Yet there is a gap in workplace training on the use of gloves, skin care and early signs of skin disease. In a recent study by the Centre for Research Expertise in Occupational Disease (CREOD), researchers explored workplace training information needs and desired delivery methods from the perspective of workers with diagnosed contact dermatitis. Hands-on training and strong supervisor support were noted as particularly important.

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CRE-MSD webinar: Preventing MSDs among hospital workers caring for bariatric patients

About 35 per cent of hospital patients have a body mass index classified as obese. Patients living with obesity are at a significantly higher risk in hospital settings for injury and complications due to inadequate facility design, equipment or staff competencies. Health-care practitioners working with these patients are also at risk for musculoskeletal disorders (MSDs). A June 26 webinar by the Centre of Research Expertise for the Prevention of Musculoskeletal Disorders (CRE-MSD) will address the risks and outline key recommendations for reducing hazards. This webinar is offered in partnership with the Public Services Health and Safety Association. Also, make sure to SAVE THE DATE for October 1, when a conference to launch the new MSD Guidelines will take place.

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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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