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

IWH News

December 2019

Season’s Greetings from all of us at IWH

The holidays are upon us. We at the Institute for Work & Health (IWH) wish you all the best of the season. May your holidays be restful, joyful and safe. Thank you for your support in 2019. Let’s resolve to continue working towards greater worker protection in the new year.


IWH 2018-19 annual report highlights what research can do

What can IWH research do? It can point to injuries and illnesses emerging in today’s working environment. It can find new solutions and best practices to prevent work injuries and disabilities. It can evaluate the effectiveness of system-level health, safety and disability prevention policies and programs. Our 2018-19 annual report, now out, highlights examples of IWH work during the year ending March 31, 2019, that did just this.

Read the annual report

Claimants’ perceptions of fair treatment linked to lower odds of mental illness

Previous studies have suggested that the process of making a workers’ compensation claim is linked with poorer mental health. A new study by IWH examines the contribution of one aspect of the process: the interactions between injured workers and case managers. As summed up in At Work, the findings of this study drive home the importance of treating claimants respectfully and giving them the information they need.

Read the At Work article

Community-based mental health awareness program helps raise employer knowledge

When public health officials in Thunder Bay, Ont., heard employers express the need for mental health resources, they responded with a multi-faceted, community-based awareness program. According to an evaluation of the study, the program raised knowledge about the issue—and not just among workplaces that took part.

Read about this study

World Congress 2020 extends deadline for presentation proposals

Do you have successes to share or insights to explore with others in the global occupational health and safety community? Submit your proposal to present your strategic solutions, research findings or industry innovations at the XXII World Congress on Safety and Health at Work. The deadline for submissions has been extended to January 15, 2020. World Congress 2020, co-hosted by IWH and the Canadian Centre for Occupational Health and Safety, takes place in Toronto, October 4-7.

Go to the World Congress 2020 website

IWH Speaker Series slidecast: Calculating the societal costs of work illnesses and injuries

Did you miss IWH Senior Scientist Dr. Emile Tompa’s presentation on the economic burden of occupational injuries and illnesses in five European Union countries? Watch his presentation again as a slidecast, now available on the IWH website.

Watch the slidecast

IWH’s Dr. Monique Gignac honoured with arthritis association service award

Congratulations to IWH Senior Scientist and Scientific Co-Director Dr. Monique Gignac. In early November, the American College of Rheumatology / Association of Rheumatology Professions (ARP) named her a recipient of one of its 2019 awards, the ARP Addie Thomas Service Award. She was recognized for her research-related service work in arthritis treatment and management.

Find out about the award

At Work Fall 2019 is now out

The Fall 2019 issue of At Work is now “on the stands.” In the issue, read about the workplace roles that most commonly experience communication problems around return to work. Find out about the link between COR certification and injury rates. Learn about work participation patterns among people aged 65 to 75 in Canada and three other industrialized countries.

Read the issue

For more information, please contact

Cindy Moser
Director of Communications
416-927-2027, ext. 2183

Uyen Vu
Communications Associate

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