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April 2020

How to set up your temporary home office with ergonomics in mind

Practically overnight, many office workers across the country learned they had to pack up their files and start working from home in order to help stop the spread of COVID-19. Many had to hurriedly fashion workstations out of dining tables, kitchen chairs and laptops. Institute for Work & Health (IWH) Scientist Dr. Dwayne Van Eerd offers ergonomics advice on setting up a temporary home office when little is adjustable.

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COVID-19 risks more acute for workers with health conditions

The COVID-19 pandemic has left many in Canada’s workforce worried about their health and finances. Those worries are even greater for workers living with an underlying and invisible chronic health condition. In the planning of health and safety responses to COVID-19 and the ultimate reopening of workplaces, employers should be aware of the unique needs of this potentially vulnerable group of workers, writes IWH Scientist Dr. Arif Jetha in The Conversation.

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What has changed in the use of cannabis since legalization?

How much has changed in workers’ consumption patterns since recreational cannabis was legalized in October 2018? Early findings from an ongoing IWH study indicate use at work has stayed the same—with one in 12 workers reporting using cannabis at work, during work breaks or two hours before work.

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Take time on April 28 to mark Day of Mourning

Every year, on April 28, we mark Day of Mourning to remember people who are hurt or killed on the job. The occasion is all the more poignant this year, as we pay tribute to essential workers, who may be putting their health at risk to provide the health care, goods and services we depend on. Because of physical distancing measures, the events usually held to mark this day are cancelled. But in our own homes, we can take a moment on the day to resolve to do what we can to ensure the health and safety of all workers.

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

Uyen Vu
Communications Associate

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