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September 2021

XXII World Congress on Safety and Health at Work — last chance to register

Prevention is on everyone’s mind. In this past year, safety and health at work has emerged as a critical issue. From September 20 to 23, join your global occupational health and safety (OHS) colleagues at the XXII World Congress on Safety and Health at Work. The online event is co-hosted by the Institute for Work & Health (IWH). Share knowledge. Connect with global leaders. Leave with ideas you can use.

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Now recruiting health-care providers for new ECHO OEM mentoring project

A new Project ECHO program on occupational and environmental medicine (OEM) has been launched! This telementoring project, which includes a research component led by IWH, is designed to offer support and advice to Ontario health-care providers who have patients with work-related health conditions. The program is now recruiting primary care providers—including physicians, physician assistants, nurse practitioners, registered nurses and other allied health professionals. Sessions are held via videoconference each Friday from September 17 to December 3, 2021. Registration is ongoing.

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IWH teams up with Public Health Ontario to create tool to estimate COVID risk of exposure

A collaboration led by Public Health Ontario, with IWH support, has led to the development of a data-visualization tool to estimate the risk of COVID exposure at work. The Occupational Exposure to COVID-19 Risk Tool lets users estimate COVID exposure risk by key sociodemographic and work characteristics, across different occupations and industries. An article in the summer issue of At Work looks at the research collaboration behind the tool.

Read about the project

Webinar: the nature and extent of claim suppression in B.C.

A new IWH Speaker Series season is around the corner. To start off the season on Tuesday, September 28, presenters Dr. Ron Saunders, an adjunct scientist at IWH, and John O’Grady, a partner at Prism Economics and Analysis, share their research estimating the nature and extent of claim suppression in British Columbia.

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IWH’s Systematic Review Workshop is back

What steps are involved when you set out to synthesize the research literature on a question important to you? Find out in our popular Systematic Review Workshop, taking place online on December 8 and 9, 2021. Learn from a panel of international experts how to set up, conduct and communicate the results of a systematic review.

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IWH research associate promoted to associate scientist

Congratulations to Kathleen Dobson, who has been promoted to associate scientist at the Institute. Dobson joined IWH in 2016 as research associate and currently holds a Syme fellowship in work and health. She’s completing her PhD in epidemiology at the University of Toronto’s Dalla Lana School of Public Health.

See her bio page

IWH welcomes new Board officers, members

Kate Lamb, a lawyer and head of People and Client Services at the Law Society of Canada, has been elected Chair of the Institute for Work & Health (IWH)’s Board of Directors. Lamb takes over the position held for over six years by Kevin Wilson, a former Assistant Deputy Minister in the Ontario Ministry of Labour, Training and Skills Development. This was one of many changes made to the IWH Board membership at the Board’s September 2021 meeting, including the addition of three new Board members.

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CRE-MSD webinar series explores ergonomic issues related to remote, virtual workspaces

During Global Ergonomics Month this October, join the Centre of Research Expertise for the Prevention of Musculoskeletal Disorders (CRE-MSD) and prevention system partners for a webinar series. The series will explore flexible/hybrid office environments, the return to on-site office workspaces, and emerging ergonomics issues related to truly virtual equipment and workspaces.

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For more information, please contact

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

Uyen Vu
Senior Communications Associate

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