At Work

Current issue: At Work 102 (Fall 2020)

People who felt unprotected from COVID-19 at work had poorer mental health—even poorer than people who had lost their jobs during the pandemic. Depressive symptoms, more prevalent among people with arthritis than in the general population, raise the risks of work disability for those with both conditions. Gaps in rates of early death are widening in Canada between people with the highest and lowest levels of education and income.

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

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Union firms have lower lost-time claim rates, study in ICI construction confirms

Five years ago, an IWH study found lower lost-time injury claim rates in unionized firms in Ontario's industrial, commercial and institutional construction sector. A new study uses more recent data to see if it can replicate the observed "union safety effect."
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Cochrane back group earns high praise for its rigorous systematic reviews

Recent assessments of low-back pain research have give high marks to Cochrane Back and Neck systematic reviews, citing rigorous methods.
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Rapid COVID-19 testing a potential game-changer in worker protection

Despite some limitations, rapid antigen detection tests may be important in the next phase of our response to this virus—including in work settings, writes IWH president Dr. Cam Mustard.
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COVID-19: Challenges and opportunities in OHS and social security highlighted at global session

In early October, the global community of OHS and social security policy-makers gathered virtually to discuss challenges and lessons learned as countries respond to the COVID-19 pandemic emergency. Despite the diversity of their experiences, many common themes emerged.
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Adequacy of COVID infection control and PPE linked to workers’ mental health: study

Workers who felt safe at their physical work sites had better mental health than workers who felt workplace COVID-19 safety practices were inadequate, according to a study conducted by IWH and OHCOW at the start of the COVID-19 emergency.