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August 2019

Link between “newness” and higher injury risk confirmed by systematic review

Workers new to a job, regardless of their age, face higher risks of injury. This workplace health and safety message is based on several studies—including some by the Institute for Work & Health (IWH)—and it has spread far and wide. However, it was only recently that a systematic review on newness and injury risk was carried out. The review, conducted by IWH, confirms a link between newness and injury risk—but only for certain types of injuries.

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Research explores association between working conditions and smoking habits

People who work or have worked in physically demanding jobs are about twice as likely to be heavy smokers as people whose jobs are not physically demanding. Workers in jobs with low social support, low skill discretion and high psychological demands are also more likely than workers in healthier psychosocial work environments to be heavy smokers. This is according to an IWH study that examined the link between smoking patterns and work characteristics over a 16-year period.

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Topic pages now posted on the IWH website

Looking for research findings and resources on our website about a particular topic? Try our “Selected topics” page, which you will find under “Our research” on the drop-down menu. From aging to young workers, from cannabis to violence at work, from health care to construction, we might just have the collection of research summaries, journal articles, tools and presentations on your topic of interest.

Go to IWH’s topic pages

Emerging OHS challenges and innovations in the spotlight at World Congress 2020

In a little over a year, forward-thinking OHS policy-makers and practitioners from around the globe will gather in Toronto for the XXII World Congress on Safety and Health at Work. With the theme “Prevention in the Connected Age,” the event, taking place October 4-7, 2020, will be a chance for OHS professionals and experts to hear and share ideas about the workplace health and safety challenges and innovations coming over the horizon. The 2020 World Congress is organized by the International Labour Organization and the International Social Security Association, and is being co-hosted nationally by IWH and the Canadian Centre for Occupational Health and Safety.

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Don’t miss the latest issue of At Work

Did you catch the Summer 2019 issue of At Work when it came out two weeks ago? Read about the retirement expectations of boomers with chronic conditions, the business case for raising awareness about workplace supports for employees with caregiving duties, the link between psychosocial conditions and mental well-being, and more.

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For more information, please contact

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

Uyen Vu
Communications Associate

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