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IWH News

September 2019

Supervisor’s response to work injury matters to return to work: Our latest video

Supervisors are busy. They’re always juggling multiple demands for their time and attention. But that moment when they learn a worker is injured, do they react with concern and empathy or blame and skepticism? As the latest research-based video from Institute for Work & Health (IWH) sums up, a supervisor’s response can make a difference to whether an injured worker returns to work successfully within a few months. It’s one of the ways supervisors matter.

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Manitoba OHS dashboard lets companies compare themselves with the competition

Ever wonder how your company stacks up against your competitors on occupational health and safety (OHS) performance? Building construction companies in Manitoba can now do just that, with an online dashboard called INDICATOR. Developed in collaboration by IWH and the Construction Safety Association of Manitoba (CSAM), the dashboard allows building construction employers in the province to compare themselves against others of the same size, subsector or geographical region on several health and safety leading indicators. In a recent At Work article, IWH Senior Scientist Dr. Ben Amick explains how this benchmark stands out from the rest.

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How OHS leaders use benchmarks to make decisions: IWH study

Having OHS benchmark information that lets companies measure themselves against others is useful in different ways. In interviews conducted by IWH researchers as part of a study on the use of benchmarks, OHS leaders reported that the benchmarking information they received through their participation in a previous leading indicators project helped them identify areas needing improvement. Others said it reinforced existing practices and justified decisions already made. Still others spoke of keeping the information to themselves, and they had reasons why.

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IWH’s Dr. Arif Jetha promoted to scientist

Congratulations to Dr. Arif Jetha, who has been promoted from associate scientist to scientist at the Institute. Jetha, who joined IWH in 2015 as a Mustard post-doctoral fellow, focuses his research on life-course differences in the work participation of people living with chronic disabling conditions, with a particular interest in the early labour market experiences of millennial young adults. Details about Jetha’s projects are available on his IWH website bio page.

Learn more about Jetha and his research

CRE-MSD webinar looks at human-centred design in physical ergonomics

The most effective way to reduce the risk of work-related musculoskeletal disorders (MSDs) is to be proactive: incorporate ergonomic principles in the earliest stages of occupational design. In a September 25 webinar offered by the Centre of Research Expertise for the Prevention of Musculoskeletal Disorders (CRE-MSD), Dr. Jim Potvin will introduce attendees to design specifications and assistive device options that need to be considered when designing job tasks such as manual materials handling, patient/resident handling and office tasks.

Find out more and register

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

Uyen Vu
Communications Associate

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