Exploring OHS issues among people who do long commutes or leave home for extended periods for work

Institute for Work & Health
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Toronto, Ontario

Dr. Barbara Neis
On the Move Partnership/Memorial University

On the Move is a research partnership exploring issues related to workers' extended travel and related absences from home due to their employment. A project of the SafetyNet Centre for Occupational Health & Safety Research at Memorial University, On the Move's scope of interest encompasses a range of workers, from individuals doing hours-long commutes to people leaving home for weeks, months, even years, for the job.

In this plenary, On the Move project director Dr. Barbara Neis, a research professor in the Department of Sociology at Memorial University and co-director of the SafeyNet Centre, explains why greater attention should be paid to the relationship between occupational health and safety (OHS) and employment-related geographic mobility. She also discusses On the Move's preliminary findings on the OHS policy challenges—including gaps in current laws and regulations—related to workers while travelling to or from work, while at work, while living at work, or while maintaining a life at home when travelling for work.

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