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IWH News

December 2018

Wishing you all the best of the season

As we enter another holiday season, all of us here at the Institute for Work & Health (IWH) wish you and yours the very best of the season. Thank you for your support throughout the year. We look forward to helping you keep workplaces safe and healthy in 2019.

IWH lends expertise to OHCOW’s psychosocial screening tool

Excessive demands. Unfair treatment. No control over workload. When Occupational Health Clinics for Ontario Workers (OHCOW) developed a questionnaire to measure psychosocial stressors at work, it needed the expertise to make sure the instrument could accurately and reliably pinpoint problem areas. That was where IWH came in.

Read about this work

IWH research on “the big issues” summarized in 2017 annual report

From violence to cannabis legalization to mental illness, policy-makers and occupational health and safety practitioners are challenged to stay on top of emerging societal issues that also affect the workplace. We summarize our research work on these big issues and more in the Institute’s 2017 Annual Report, now available to download.

Read the annual report

RTW outcomes improve after WSIB implements two of IWH’s Seven Principles in regional assessment service

In 2013, Ontario’s Workplace Safety and Insurance Board (WSIB) put two of IWH’s Seven ‘Principles’ for Successful Return to Work into practice when it introduced changes to the medical assessment service offered at its Regional Evaluation Centres. The new service integrates return-to-work (RTW) planning and enhances communication among health-care providers, the WSIB and the employer, with the worker’s participation. In a new impact case study, we look at the difference in recovery and RTW outcomes after the changes were put in place.

Read the impact case study

Helping young adults with disabilities enter the job market

It’s such a crucial time in life, those early years when young adults find their first jobs and start making their way in the working world. For young people with a disabling health condition, it can be a frustrating time of finding barriers at every turn. What programs can help these young adults enter the labour market? In a recent IWH Speaker Series presentation, Dr. Arif Jetha shared findings from a systematic review.

Watch the slidecast

CREOD assesses effectiveness of training for preventing occupational skin disease

How important is worker training as a strategy to prevent work-related skin diseases? Dr. Linn Holness of the Centre for Research Expertise in Occupational Disease (CREOD) recently presented on a body of research assessing the effectiveness of training options. That IWH Speaker Series presentation is now available.

Watch the slidecast

CRE-MSD offering webinars on construction work and health

The Centre of Research Expertise for the Prevention of Musculoskeletal Disorders (CRE-MSD), in partnership with the Work Wellness and Disability Prevention Institute (WWDPI), is offering free webinars on various construction-related work and health topics. The Construction Work Health Series webinars look at current research and credible tools to create safe, healthy, productive and inclusive workplaces for construction workers. Registration for three upcoming webinars is open.

Go to the CRE-MSD events page

For more information, please contact

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

Uyen Vu
Communications Associate

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