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

IWH News

June 2019

5 things we think you should know about RTW

Ground your return-to-work (RTW) and disability management programs in evidence. Every year, the Institute for Work & Health (IWH) highlights five research findings from the previous year that we think can make a difference to workplace injury and disability prevention programs. We now unveil a new variation, “5 things we think you should know about RTW.” It sums up five recommendations for improving your return-to-work and stay-at-work practices, based on recent research from IWH.

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Who’s at risk of workplace assaults in Ontario? The answer’s in the graph

Based on workers’ compensation claims rates, two lines in this one graph tell us what we need to know about who’s most at risk of workplace assaults in Ontario. If you think men in the health-care sector are most at risk, you would have been right up until about 10 years ago. That was when their violence-related compensation claims rates were overtaken by those of another group of workers in the province, according to an IWH analysis.

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Psychosocial work conditions linked with both positive and negative mental health outcomes, study finds

Better psychosocial work conditions—greater job control, social support and job security—are linked with workers having reduced risks of mental disorders such as depression and anxiety. But a new study by IWH suggests they’re also linked with a greater likelihood of workers having flourishing mental health. Indeed, psychosocial work factors have a stronger link to positive mental well-being than to the likelihood of poor mental health.

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IWH appoints Dr. Avi Biswas to scientific ranks

Congratulations to Dr. Aviroop Biswas, who joined the Institute as associate scientist in May, when he completed his two-year Mustard post-doctoral fellowship at IWH. 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.

See Dr. Avi Biswas’s bio page

IWH’s Dr. Arif Jetha receives federal grant for ground-breaking research

Congratulations also to IWH Associate Scientist Dr. Arif Jetha, who has been awarded a grant from the Government of Canada’s New Frontiers in Research Fund. The grant, sponsored by Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC), Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) and Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council (NSERC), will support Jetha in a new project examining the future of work and how the changing labour market may impact young people with disabilities. The New Frontiers in Research Fund supports high-risk, high-reward and interdisciplinary research. It seeks to inspire highly innovative projects that defy current paradigms and use different perspectives to solve existing problems.

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Upcoming CRE-MSD webinar showcases new tools of MSD Prevention Guideline

The Centre of Research Expertise for the Prevention of Musculoskeletal Disorders (CRE-MSD) continues to add new tools to the new MSD Prevention Guideline for Ontario. In a June 26 webinar (noon to 1 p.m. ET), join CRE-MSD’s Dr. Richard Wells as he showcases two new tools of the guideline. The Hazards and Controls Picker helps users quickly find ergonomic changes to address MSD hazards, and the Office Quick Start Guide offers a digest version on preventing MSDs related to office work. The webinar is free, though registration is required.

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CREOD summary focuses on work-related asthma from cleaning agents

Work exposures to lung and skin irritants and allergens are one of the priority areas in Ontario’s Ministry of Labour Occupational Disease Action Plan. A common culprit is cleaning agents. A study by the Centre for Research Expertise in Occupational Disease (CREOD) examines the common characteristics of cleaners who have occupational asthma, and the most common types of exposures. Findings are summarized in a new CREOD Research Flash.

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

Uyen Vu
Communications Associate

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