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November 2018

Identifying promising strategies for preventing misuse of prescription opioids

Since the start of the opioid crisis in the late 1990s, communities across North America have tried many different strategies to curb the misuse and abuse of prescription opioids. In an open-access systematic review, an Institute for Work & Health (IWH) team analyzes the effectiveness of studied strategies, identifies the most promising ones, and points out unintended consequences.

Read about the review

Should you mostly sit or stand at work? New IWH video has the answer

If you’re confused by seemingly duelling headlines about the negative health effects of prolonged sitting and prolonged standing, we’ve got a video for you. It just so happens that two of the scientists behind these headlines work at IWH. We put them before the camera, side by side, to sort out the take-away message.

Watch the video

Less than two weeks to go: Nachemson lecture on occupational disease prevention

Work exposures are responsible for one-in-six cases of asthma, up to one-in-five cases of lung cancer, and significant proportions of many other diseases. With the burden of occupational diseases expected to grow, their prevention has been a priority of Ontario’s Ministry of Labour. On Wednesday, November 28, come hear one of Canada’s foremost experts on occupational cancer, Dr. Paul Demers, on how to push forward the occupational disease prevention agenda. The Nachemson lecture and reception, taking place in downtown Toronto, is open to all, but registration is required.

Register now

Women are many times more at risk of sexual violence at work than men: IWH study

How do the risks of workplace violence compare for men and women? The answer partly depends on the type of risks. For violence of a physical nature, men and women are equally at risk at work. However, for violence of a sexual nature, the risk is four times greater for women than for men.

Read more in At Work

Supporting young people with chronic conditions as they enter the labour force

For most young people, the years after graduation are an important time to rack up employable skills, get their names out, and start making their mark in the working world. It’s a whole other story for many young people with a health condition, whose struggles are often more basic: how to find and keep a job. In an IWH Speaker Series on November 27, Dr. Arif Jetha discusses available interventions that support these young adults in the workplace. He shares findings from a recent systematic review, highlighting effective work-focused interventions for young adults with different types of disability and at different phases in their school-to-work transition.

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IWH now accepting applications for Mustard Fellowship

Calling all new researchers in work and health. If your expertise is in social, behavioural, organizational, clinical or population health sciences, we want to hear from you. The post-doctoral Mustard Fellowship in Work & Health is now accepting applications. We encourage submissions from outstanding researchers with an interest in one of the Institute’s two overarching priorities: work as a determinant of health and health as a determinant of work.

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Conference to focus on employment strategy for people with disabilities

Registration is now open for Disability and Work in Canada 2018, a national conference co-hosted by the Centre for Research on Work Disability Policy (CRWDP) in Ottawa, December 4 and 5. In the year following the first Disability and Work Conference in November 2017, efforts have been underway to develop a vision and strategy for increasing the employment of people with disabilities. One of the objectives of the 2018 conference will be to achieve broad consensus on key elements of a draft strategy, which is being distributed prior to the event. The CRWDP is a seven-year pan-Canadian research initiative housed at IWH. Also co-hosting the conference are the Canadian Council on Rehabilitation and Work, Ontario Network of Injured Workers Groups, and InclusionNL.

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CREOD offers update on work of ODAP allergens and irritants working group

One focus area identified in the Ontario Ministry of Labour’s Occupational Disease Action Plan (ODAP) is allergens and irritants affecting lung and skin health. A working group has since identified four priority exposures: cleaning agents, wet work, isocyanates and preservatives. A literature review and expert analysis was undertaken, and backgrounder prepared, for each exposure. These were subsequently customized for use by Ontario’s four sector-based health and safety associations. Development of targeted prevention materials is the next step. More details are available in the Centre for Research Expertise in Occupational Disease (CREOD)’s November Research Flash.

Read the Research Flash

New MSD Prevention Guideline for Ontario now available from CRE-MSD

The Centre of Research Expertise for the Prevention of Musculoskeletal Disorders (CRE-MSD) unveiled the new MSD Prevention Guideline last month at a successful launch conference. If you missed the conference, sign up for a webinar on December 4 to see highlights of the guideline’s new features.

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416-927-2027, ext. 2183

Uyen Vu
Communications Associate

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