At Work

Current issue: At Work 104 (Spring 2021)

Half of British Columbia workers with a lost-time work injury or illness don’t report it to WorkSafeBC; that’s according to a study that found claim suppression in about four to 13 per cent of lost-time injuries. Working-age Canadians who live through a major depressive episode go on to experience a loss in earnings that persists for at least a decade. Study finds no difference in injury risks between large and small firms once the adequacy of OHS policies and procedures is accounted for.

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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COVID worries highest among workers with both physical, mental health disabilities

People with both physical and mental health disabilities were the most concerned about their work, health and finances during the early part of the pandemic.
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Emerging evidence points to negative health effects of physical work demands

Recent studies are suggesting physically demanding work can have negative effects on workers’ cardiovascular health. At a recent IWH Speaker Series presentation, Associate Scientist Dr. Avi Biswas discussed how workplaces and policy-makers can help.
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IWH hosts new program to mentor Ontario’s frontline doctors in occupational medicine

A two-year project is being launched at the Institute for Work & Health to mentor frontline health-care providers in occupational and environmental medicine, a first such project using the well-known ECHO model.
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Unemployment benefits linked to lower mortality rates over 10 years: IWH study

We know that being out of work puts people at risk of short- and long-term health consequences—including higher death rates. A new study looks at whether—and how much—having income support during unemployment can lessen the negative impact.
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What research can do: COVID-related research from IWH: findings to watch for

IWH pandemic-related research includes collaborations with external organizations and modifications of ongoing studies. Here's a look at the findings to come.