At Work

Current issue: At Work 95 (Winter 2019)

Safety-conscious supervisors can lower worker injuries, even among those who experience OHS vulnerability. Advocates are seeking input on a draft pan-Canadian strategy to improve work opportunities for people with disabilities. Job placements, offered with tailored coaching and support, help young adults with disabilities make the transition from school to work.

At Work is the flagship newsletter of the Institute for Work & Health. Published quarterly and available as a pdf or online, the newsletter includes engaging and lay-friendly articles reporting on the Institute's latest research findings in the areas of work injury, illness and disability prevention. The newsletter also shares stories of how these findings are applied in practice, as well as the impact they are having on improving outcomes for workers, employers and policy-makers.

Latest articles

An elderly man in a hospital gown sits on a hospital bed, facing away

Progress seen in occupational disease prevention, but data still lacking: speaker

For each person who dies from a work-related traumatic injury, at least six people die from an occupational disease. Many jurisdictions, Ontario included, have disease prevention as a priority, but we need more research and better surveillance systems to push ahead, says the 2018 Nachemson lecturer.
Graphic of gears indicating meshing of workplace and culture

What research can do: SAFE Work Manitoba incorporates IWH tool into safety culture framework

They had a five-year plan with initiatives related to building a culture of safety across Manitoba. But they were missing a definition of safety culture—and a way to measure it. That was when SAFE Work Manitoba turned to IWH expertise.
A tired worker holds her head in her hands as she sits at her desk in a dark office

Boomers with and without chronic conditions have similar needs for workplace supports

Yes, older workers with diabetes or arthritis experience fatigue and pain. But they're not that different from healthy peers in how much they need, or use, workplace accommodations, an IWH study has found.
A young woman sits in front of the desk of an older man in a suit and tie, both smiling

Supported job placements help young adults with disabilities find work: review

Job placements, offered in tandem with a suite of tailored employment supports, can help young people with disabilities make the transition into the labour force, according to an IWH systematic review.
Two workers in safety vests, in a factory environment, point to something offscreen

Supportive supervisors help reduce risks when workers face hazards, lack protection

Workers are vulnerable to injuries or illnesses when they're exposed to hazards and lacking protective factors such as OHS policies, awareness or empowerment. However, supportive supervisors can help lower the likelihood of injuries even when workers are vulnerable, according to a new study.