A quarterly publication of the Institute for Work & health

At Work

Issue 70

Fall 2012

In this issue

Lead Understanding western Canada's high risk of work injury

What is driving the higher risk of job injury in western Canada? New research from the Institute for Work & Health suggests it goes beyond the type of work found in the west.

Standard article Work environment may put women at risk of diabetes

Limited discretion and authority to influence how to meet the demands of their job may put women at risk of diabetes, says a new study from the Institute for Work & Health and the Institute for Clinical Evaluative Sciences.

Standard article Fall symposium addresses injury prevention and financial incentives

In today’s competitive global economy, financial incentives are often seen by governments as an effective way to encourage employers to invest in occupational health and safety. But how well do these incentives work?

Standard article Breakthrough change: Finding and describing firms that make large OHS improvements

What changes, why and who’s driving the change in firms that make large improvements in workplace health and safety? Possible answers are coming from the first phase of an ongoing study at the Institute for Work & Health that is exploring the process of “breakthrough change.”

Sidebar Identifying breakthrough firms

Finding a way to identify firms that have gone from being not-so-good to good OHS performers is one of the most important contributions of the Institute’s breakthrough change research.  The research team came up with the following process.

Standard article Nachemson lecture: Keeping pace with the changing world of work

The Institute for Work & Health is pleased to announce that Dr. Michael Silverstein, a professor in the University of Washington’s School of Public Health and former assistant director of Industrial Safety and Health with the Washington State Department of Labor and Industries, will deliver this year’s Alf Nachemson Memorial Lecture.

Standard article Over-qualified recent immigrant men at increased risk of job injury

Men recently immigrated to Canada who have higher educational qualifications than are required for their current Canadian job have  an increased risk of workplace injury, suggests new research that raises key questions about why this is happening and what can be done to address it.

Standard article The mouse that roared: Quivering mouse may reduce shoulder pain

A vibrating computer mouse that reminds users to move their hands and rest their arms eases office workers’ shoulder pain, but gets mixed reviews from users in a pilot study conducted by researchers at the Institute for Work & Health.

What researchers mean by... randomized controlled trial

One of the most powerful research tools, the randomized controlled trial is considered by some to be the “gold standard” for generating reliable evidence.

News IWH News

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  • Two IWH scientists promoted
  • IWH scientists contributing to book