A quarterly publication of the Institute for Work & health

At Work

Issue 55

Winter 2009

In this issue

Lead Preventing upper extremity MSDs: What works and what doesn’t

The strongest evidence to come out of a new systematic review from the Institute for Work & Health is that workstation adjustments alone have no effect in preventing upper extremity musculoskeletal disorders. However, there are indications that adding ergonomics training to the mix may make a difference.

Standard article Pilot program decreases duration and costs of workers’ comp claims

Organizational support to family physicians — including health services case managers to help coordinate care, improve communication with employers and reduce paperwork — can improve the delivery of health care to injured workers and lower costs. Dr. Thomas Wickizer explained how and why.

Standard article New IWH senior scientist reaches out to policy-makers

Getting workplaces, health-care providers and public institutions to understand and adopt evidence-based practices has long been a priority of the Institute for Work & Health (IWH). Now, the IWH is strengthening its ties in particular with the policy-makers within these stakeholder groups

Standard article Tools you can use: A practical way to apply best evidence

The Institute for Work & Health is adding to its collection of user-friendly tools to help you make health, safety and return-to-work decisions based on the best scientific evidence.

In Focus Small firms need OHS services tailored to their needs

When it comes to occupational health and safety (OHS), small businesses are not large firms on a smaller scale. They have unique features that affect their approach to workplace health and safety, and these features should be taken into account by OHS professionals and policy-makers when designing small-firm programs and services.