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
December 14, 2020 (Toronto, Canada)—Providing adequate workplace COVID-19 protection can have benefits in addition to preventing the transmission of the virus. Adequate protection is also linked to better mental health among workers, according to a pair of studies conducted by the Occupational Health Clinics for Ontario Workers (OHCOW) and the Institute for Work & Health (IWH). The newest of the two studies, published today in the Annals of Work Exposures and Health (doi:10.1093/annweh/wxaa119), found… Read more
June 27, 2019 (Toronto, Ont.)—Wage subsidies and other financial supports are widely used by Canadian governments to encourage employers to hire people with disabilities. Yet, employers, disability advocates, service providers and people with disabilities hold strong and often polarized views about the merits of these incentives. Some feel these types of incentives are essential for encouraging employers, especially small and mid-sized firms, to hire and retain people with disabilities. Others feel financial incentives take advantage of people with disabilities by giving… Read more
April 8, 2019 (Toronto, Canada)—Despite their growing numbers in the workforce, women continue to bear the greatest responsibility when it comes to the impact of eldercare on work. According to an Institute for Work & Health (IWH) study published today in The Journals of Gerontology (open access at doi:10.1093/geronb/gbz026), women are much more likely than men to stop working, to work part-time or to take time off work during the week in order to care for an older relative.
For example… Read more
September 27, 2018 (Toronto, Ontario)—For more than a decade in Canada, deaths due to occupational disease have exceeded the number of deaths due to traumatic injury. Policy-makers and workplace parties are increasingly recognizing that society needs to pay greater attention—including regulatory attention—to preventing work-related diseases such as occupational cancers. This November 28 in Toronto, Dr. Paul Demers will discuss the progress made in preventing occupational disease and the work that still needs to be done. Demers, a Canadian-based international expert on work-… Read more
August 30, 2018 (Toronto, Ontario)—Women working in Ontario’s education sector are four to six times more likely than their male counterparts to require time off work because of being physically assaulted on the job. This is according to a study by the Toronto-based Institute for Work & Health (IWH), published online yesterday in Occupational and Environmental Medicine (doi: 10.1136/oemed-2018-105152). The… Read more
November 20, 2017 (Ottawa, Ont.)—Improving access to the labour force for people with disabilities is the theme of an upcoming three-day conference bringing together individuals with a disability, employer and labour representatives, as well as disability support, advocacy, government and research organizations. The Disability and Work in Canada conference takes place in Ottawa on November 27-29, 2017, at the Canadian War Museum, as part of the Canada 150 celebration. Presenters and participants will review and celebrate progress to date on opening the world of work to… Read more
September 20, 2017 (Toronto, Ontario)—An expert in the safety culture and climate of construction workplaces is this year’s invited speaker at the Institute for Work & Health (IWH)’s annual Alf Nachemson Memorial Lecture, taking place November 1 in Toronto. Dr. Linda M. Goldenhar, Director of Research and Evaluation at CPWR—The Center for Construction Research and Training in Silver Spring, Maryland, will share findings from her extensive research in the U.S. construction sector. She will also highlight the practical tools that have been developed based on this research… Read more
August 17, 2017 (Toronto, Ont.)—Workers who stand on the job most of the time are at greater risk of heart disease than workers who predominantly sit. According to a study just published in the American Journal of Epidemiology (doi 10.1093/aje/kwx298), even after taking into account a wide range of personal, health and work factors, people who primarily stand on the job are twice as likely as people who primarily sit on the job to have a heart attack or congestive heart failure. “Workplaces have been hearing… Read more
February 27, 2017 (Toronto, Ont.)—New recommendations to improve rehabilitation services around the world, especially in low- and middle-income countries, were released earlier this month by the World Health Organization (WHO). The Toronto-based Institute for Work & Health (IWH) played a key role in the development of these recommendations. IWH was one of three research organizations contracted by WHO to canvas the evidence on the best ways to strengthen and expand the availability of quality rehabilitation services. The goal of rehabilitation is to achieve the best… Read more