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July 31, 2023 (Toronto, Ont.)—Are workers who use cannabis at greater risk of having an injury at work? Yes, but only those workers who use cannabis during or before a work shift. Workers who only use cannabis outside of work hours are at no greater risk of getting injured at work than workers who do not use cannabis at all. That’s according to a study by the Institute for Work & Health (IWH) published today in the Canadian Journal of Public Health (doi:10.17269/s41997-023-00795-0). The study,… Read more
May 18, 2023 (Toronto, Ontario)—Launching today is a six-year initiative that flips on its head the traditional approach to increasing the employment of persons with disabilities. Instead of focusing on the resources and skills that ensure persons with disabilities are job-ready—where most attention has previously been paid—Inclusive Design for Employment Access (IDEA) is focusing on building the capacity of employers and workplaces to recruit, hire, onboard, accommodate, train, mentor and promote persons with disabilities. Funded by the federal government’s New Frontiers… Read more
April 12, 2023 (Toronto, Ont.) — People with disabilities in Canada are not only less likely than people without disabilities to find work. When they do, they are also more likely to find themselves in lower quality jobs. That’s according to a study published online today in the Journal of Occupational Rehabilitation (doi: 10.1007/s10926-023-10113-7). Led by IWH Associate Scientist Dr. Faraz Vahid Shahidi, the study… Read more
March 7, 2023 (Toronto, Ont.) — A new evidence-based tool from the Institute for Work & Health (IWH) will help workers with chronic and often episodic health conditions continue to work safely, comfortably and productively in their jobs. The Job Demands and Accommodation Planning Tool (JDAPT), being launched online on March 21, will allow workers with chronic conditions to learn about potential supports and accommodations specific to their job demands. Workers will then be able to implement them on their own or, if necessary, seek support from their employer, without… Read more
January 13, 2022 (Toronto, Ont.) — The Board of Directors of the Institute for Work & Health (IWH) is pleased to announce the appointment of Dr. Peter Smith as the next Institute president. Smith, a member of IWH’s scientific staff for over 15 years and currently IWH’s scientific co-director, steps into the new role on January 17, 2022. The Institute is known for its research excellence, production of useful and relevant findings, and engagement with stakeholders throughout the scientific process, says Smith. I’m looking forward to contributing in new and… Read more

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