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

IWH News

April 2022

Risk of work-related injury doubled for people who use cannabis at work

People who use cannabis just before or at work face a significantly greater risk of workplace injury—twice as high as the risk faced by people who don’t use cannabis. That’s according to a study led by Institute for Work & Health (IWH) Associate Scientist Dr. Nancy Carnide. This increased risk of work injury was not found among people who use cannabis outside of work hours.

Read about the study findings

Participatory ergonomics a sustainable OHS approach in long-term care

Frontline workers know better than anyone what musculoskeletal (MSD) hazards they encounter on the job—and how to solve them. “Participatory ergonomics” is an occupational health and safety (OHS) approach that puts worker involvement front and centre. An IWH study led by Scientist Dr. Dwayne Van Eerd found this approach can be successfully implemented and sustained—even in busy long-term care facilities challenged by staff shortages and high turnover.

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WSIB Health & Safety Excellence Program makes use of IWH safety culture measure

A version of the IWH-Organizational Performance Metric (IWH-OPM) is used by Ontario’s Workplace Safety and Insurance Board (WSIB) to let workplaces in its Health and Safety Excellence Program measure their safety culture against a benchmark. The measure also allows the compensation agency to track trends in safety culture over time among participating organizations.

Read about this use of research

Help test a new work accommodation planning tool

Are you a worker in Canada with a chronic health condition and looking for better support at work? You can help an IWH research team test a new tool for identifying job demands and work support needs.

Find out how to take part

ECHO OEM Spring 2022 program now available

The spring program of Project ECHO Occupational and Environmental Medicine (OEM) is now posted. This tele-mentoring initiative is designed for Ontario primary health-care providers who treat patients with injuries and illnesses that affect their ability to work. Over 12 weeks, participants discuss topics related to the return-to-work process and the province’s workers’ compensation system. The first session takes place April 22; registration is ongoing.

Learn more at the ECHO OEM website

Let’s mark Day of Mourning on April 28

April 28 is National Day of Mourning in Canada. On this day, let’s remember all who have been hurt or killed on the job, and renew our commitment to keep workers safe on the job.

Go to our Day of Mourning events page

For more information, please contact

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

Uyen Vu
Senior Communications Associate

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