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

IWH News

July 2018

Skin cancers due to sun exposure at work costing Canada millions a year

As we head into another summer here in Canada, workplaces should be especially mindful of protecting outdoor workers from harmful sun exposure. An economic burden study by Institute for Work & Health (IWH) Senior Scientist Dr. Emile Tompa puts the costs in Canada of non-melanoma skin cancers due to work-related sun exposure diagnosed in just one year (2011) at almost 35 million dollars. Skin cancers are the most common form of cancer in Canada. The risks of sun exposure on the job are the highest for people doing construction, road work, farming, landscaping, and transportation and warehousing.

Read about the study

What we know about workplace violence incidents that are not reported

As part of the province-wide effort to tackle workplace violence in health care, hospitals in Ontario are now required to report the number of workplace violence incidents in their yearly quality improvement plan submissions. But how accurate will this reporting be if not all incidents are captured by hospital systems? In a recent IWH Speaker Series presentation, IWH Senior Scientist Dr. Peter Smith shared findings from a survey of over 1,000 workers in six hospitals that explored the scope and nature of workplace violence reporting and underreporting.

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New website highlight: Stories of IWH research in action

How is IWH research put into action—whether by employers, unions, occupational health and safety service providers, workers’ compensation boards or government labour departments? We’ve collected a rich trove of stories of research impact over the years and posted them on our new website under Publications & Resources. We’re also featuring these stories in a new column called What Research Can Do in our newsletter At Work. If IWH research has made a difference in your organization, please be sure to let us know!

Read IWH's impact case studies

Read the first What Research Can Do column

Save the date: CRE-MSD conference to launch new Ontario MSD Guideline

The Centre of Research Expertise for the Prevention of Musculoskeletal Disorders (CRE-MSD) is getting ready to share the newly developed Ontario MSD Guideline. This multi-stakeholder initiative builds on a previous guideline and toolboxes developed in 2005-2006 by the Ontario health and safety system under the auspices of the Occupational Safety and Health Council of Ontario (OSHCO). Sensitive to the diversity of sectors, organization sizes and needs, the new Ontario MSD Guideline comes in three versions: Quick Start (an introductory guideline for micro and very small businesses), Basic and Comprehensive. The new Ontario MSD Guideline will be launched in Toronto on October 1, at the start of Global Ergonomics Month. Watch the CRE-MSD website for the free conference registration link.

Go to the CRE-MSD events page

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

Uyen Vu
Communications Associate

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