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

IWH News

October 2022

Majority of workers still experience pain a year after injury: study

A high proportion of injured workers in Ontario experience persistent pain for well over a year after their work-related injury. In a study of workers’ compensation lost-time claimants, an Institute for Work & Health (IWH) team found 70 per cent of workers experience some level of pain 18 months post-injury.

Read about the study

Painting a picture of pandemic work conditions among Ontario educators

In the fall of 2020, Ontario educators who taught in a virtual environment felt isolated and unsupported, while those working in-person experienced anxiety related to the risk of COVID transmission. That’s according to the results of a survey of Ontario teachers and education workers, reported in a pair of papers by IWH and the Occupational Health Clinics for Ontario Workers.

Read about the papers

New infographic: How workers move in a day and implications for heart disease

What daily physical activity pattern is best for your heart health? A new infographic compares six different ways Canadian workers get their exercise—and the associated 10-year risks of heart disease.

See the infographic

IWH Speaker Series webinar explores return-to-work challenges in policing

What challenges do members of police services face after a work injury? In an IWH Speaker Series on October 18, IWH Scientist Dr. Dwayne Van Eerd shares findings from a recent study on return to work in Ontario police services. He also highlights suggestions that emerged from the data on ways to improve the return-to-work process.

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A look back at 20 years of research impact on prevention in Ontario

After retiring in January 2022 and capping a 20-year run at the helm of the Institute, former IWH President Dr. Cameron Mustard returns to deliver the 2022 Alf Nachemson Memorial Lecture. On November 3, join us to hear Mustard reflect on the Institute’s research over two decades, and its impact on practices and policies in the protection of Ontario workers from work-related injury, illness and disability.

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CRE-MSD shares survey results on working from home and retuning to in-person work

What workstation set-ups do office workers use when working remotely during the pandemic? What training or equipment support do they get from employers? How do they feel about returning to in-person office work? Find out about these and many other results from a survey of 1,002 workers, conducted by the Centre of Research Expertise for the Prevention of Musculoskeletal Disorders (CRE-MSD).

See survey results

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

Uyen Vu
Senior Communications Associate

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