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March 2019

Supportive supervisors help lower injury risks among vulnerable workers: IWH study

Workers are vulnerable to injuries or illnesses when they’re exposed to hazards without protective factors such as occupational health and safety (OHS) policies, awareness or empowerment. That’s according to the Institute for Work & Health (IWH)’s OHS vulnerability framework. Now, a new study finds that supportive supervisors can help lower the likelihood of injuries—even when workers are vulnerable.

Read about the study

IWH review helps WorkSafeBC’s medical advisors give consistent advice on osteoarthritis claims

How do physical demands at work affect someone’s chances of developing osteoarthritis? WorkSafeBC needed guidance to offer its medical advisors, and it turned to IWH for a systematic review on the association between osteoarthritis and work. Findings from that work are now helping the agency’s medical advisors provide more consistency in claims adjudication, according to IWH’s latest impact case study.

Read the impact case study

Ontario employers: tell us your experiences hiring and integrating newcomers

Employers play an important role in both hiring and subsequently providing safe work environments for recent immigrants. An IWH research team is now recruiting Ontario employers willing to share their experiences. What opportunities and challenges do organizations face in hiring, training and providing safe workplaces for recent immigrants? What resources would help? Study participants will receive a small honorarium for taking part in an hour-long, confidential interview.

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World Congress 2020 releases first program, opens registration

The World Congress on Safety & Health at Work opens its doors every three years. This time, it’s Canada’s turn to welcome the world. Taking place in Toronto on October 4-7, 2020, this global forum is a must-attend for OHS leaders, policy-makers, employers and advocates around the world who seek to stay current with emerging challenges, innovative solutions and best practices in the field of workplace injury and disease prevention. The three-day event is organized by the International Labour Organization and the International Social Security Association, in conjunction with the Canadian co-hosts, IWH and the Canadian Centre for Occupational Health and Safety. Registration is now open, and the first program announcement is now available at the World Congress 2020 website.

Go to the World Congress 2020 website

Sign up now for IWH’s systematic review workshop in May

Learn how to plan, conduct and communicate the results of a systematic review from the best in the field. Registration is now open for the Institute’s yearly systematic review workshop, taking place May 15-17 in Toronto. Taught by experts from IWH and Cochrane Back and Neck, this three-day workshop is intended for clinical trainees, clinicians, decision-makers, academics and researchers (epidemiologists, statisticians) with a general interest in the methodology of systematic reviews and for those planning to conduct a systematic review in the future. Registration closes April 24 or when the workshop is full.

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Dr. Avi Biswas named new IWH associate scientist

Congratulations to Dr. Aviroop Biswas, who joins the Institute as associate scientist this month, when he completes his two-year Mustard post-doctoral fellowship. Biswas holds a PhD in health services research at the University of Toronto’s Institute of Health Policy, Management and Evaluation. He was a recipient of a doctoral research fellowship from the Toronto Rehabilitation Institute and the University of Toronto’s Ted Goldberg Award for academic excellence and promise in health services research. For detailed bios of Biswas and other IWH scientists, see our scientists webpage.

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Safety and health among older workers in construction: CRE-MSD webinar

On Wednesday, March 20, join the Center for Construction Research and Training’s Dr. Xiuwen Sue Dong for a webinar on safety and health among older workers in the U.S. Offered by the Centre of Research Expertise for the Prevention of Musculoskeletal Disorders (CRE-MSD) in partnership with the Work Wellness and Disability Prevention Institute, this webinar will provide the latest data trends related to the aging construction workforce in the U.S., including fatal and nonfatal occupational injuries and illnesses, and general health status among older construction workers. To sign up, go to the CRE-MSD events page.

See CRE-MSD events

For more information, please contact

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

Uyen Vu
Communications Associate

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