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October 2020

Gap in rates of early death widening along income, education lines

Premature death rates have been on a steady, gradual decline in Canada for the last few decades. Yet they have fallen less for people with low income and less education. That’s according to a new study led by an Institute for Work & Health (IWH) Mustard post-doctoral fellow, published last month in the Canadian Medical Association Journal.

Read about the study

IWH study suggests majority of hospital violence incidents go unreported

How consistently and reliably are hospital violence incidents reported in Ontario? An IWH research team surveyed workers at six hospitals in the province in 2017 and found great variation in reporting patterns.

Read the study summary

New infographic shares findings on cannabis use at work after legalization

How have trends in cannabis use changed among workers in Canada since the substance was legalized for recreational purposes in 2018? Findings from the first two surveys of an ongoing IWH project on this question are now available in an infographic.

See the infographic

IWH webinar: Workplace COVID-19 prevention measures and mental health

We know personal protective equipment and infection control procedures are important for preventing workplace COVID-19 transmission. Findings from a new study also point to their importance to worker mental health. In a November 10 IWH Speaker Series presentation, Senior Scientist Dr. Peter Smith shares results from the study jointly conducted by IWH and the Occupational Health Clinics for Ontario Workers (OHCOW).

Find out more

IWH now accepting applications for Mustard and Syme fellowships

Two IWH fellowship programs are now accepting applications. The post-doctoral Mustard Fellowship in Work and Health, a two-year appointment for researchers at the post-doctoral level, is open until Friday, December 4. The S. Leonard Syme Training Fellowship in Work and Health, aimed at early-career researchers at the master’s or doctoral level, is open until Friday, November 27.

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Mark Disability Employment Awareness Month with CRWDP resources

October is Disability Employment Awareness Month in many Canadian provinces—an opportunity to highlight the work of the Centre for Research on Work Disability Policy (CRWDP), housed at IWH. Sign up for a webinar series on the CSA Z1011:20, Work Disability Management System, developed by the CSA Group with CRWDP Director and IWH Senior Scientist Dr. Emile Tompa as chair of the technical committee. Hear Tompa speak on work flexibility and inclusion on October 27, at a virtual The Walrus Talks event. Or learn about the upcoming Disability and Work in Canada Conference, organized in part by CRWDP.

Go to the CRWDP website

CRE-MSD and WSPS partner to help small businesses with MSD prevention

During October’s Global Ergonomics Month, learn how small businesses can turn to the MSD Prevention Guideline as a resource for musculoskeletal disorder (MSD) prevention. Two webinars are jointly offered by the Centre of Research for the Prevention of Musculoskeletal Disorders (CRE-MSD) and Workplace Safety & Prevention Services (WSPS) on simple strategies and techniques to help small businesses balance compliance with MSD prevention.

Register for the October 20 and October 28 webinars

For more information, please contact

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

Uyen Vu
Communications Associate

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