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IWH News

August 2020

Exposure to known hazards a factor in injury reporting: Institute study

What factors may be linked to workers reporting or not reporting their work-related injuries to a workers’ compensation board? An Institute for Work & Health (IWH) study, building upon previous research on rates of under-reporting, finds workers are more likely to report their injuries when they are exposed to known hazards or have greater awareness about occupational health and safety.

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Episodic health conditions challenge workplace disability management systems

Employers are recognizing that they need a new model of disability management to support workers with episodic health conditions, according to a new IWH study. These conditions, which are characterized by periods of good health interrupted by unpredictable periods of illness and disability, can raise a host of issues for workplaces—including issues related to privacy, stigma and trust.

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World Congress 2021 hosting free ‘COVID-19 and OSH’ virtual session in early October

Here’s an event you won’t want to miss, so save the date now. On October 5, 2020, a half-day special session on COVID-19 and occupational safety and health (OSH) is being offered by the organizers of the 2021 World Congress on Safety and Health at Work—and IWH is among them as a national co-host of the global event. This free, virtual session will feature thought-leaders discussing innovations in addressing COVID-19 in the workplace, how the future of work is being shaped by the global pandemic, and the relevance of promoting a culture of prevention to address COVID-19. Additional sessions are also being organized for October 6, 2020.

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CSA standard on work impairment: public comment wanted on implementation guide

In the last issue, we let you know that the CSA Group was inviting public input on a draft standard on the management of impairment in the workplace. (IWH Associate Scientist Dr. Nancy Carnide is a member of the technical committee behind the standard.) There’s now an implementation guideline to the CSA Z1008, and it, too, is open for public comment. The deadline for feedback is October 1, 2020.

See the draft

CRE-MSD webinar to spotlight whole body vibration and adverse outcomes

What adverse health and safety outcomes can result from work exposure to whole body vibration? And what measures can employers put in place to protect vehicle operators? Find out in a September 16 webinar being offered by the Centre of Research Expertise for the Prevention of Musculoskeletal Disorders (CRE-MSD).

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We’re now at our new address

In case you missed it, IWH has a new address. We’re now on the 18th floor of 400 University Avenue—kitty corner from our previous location, where a condo building is going up. Our phone and fax numbers are the same.

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For more information, please contact

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

Uyen Vu
Communications Associate

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