At Work 47 (Winter 2007)

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Institute welcomes new scientific director

Dr. Benjamin Amick became Scientific Director of the Institute for Work & Health (IWH) in January 2007, but he is no newcomer to IWH. He has collaborated with Institute scientists on a number of projects and has held appointments as adjunct or part-time scientist since 1997.

Research explores health and safety issues in immigrant workers

Immigrant and migrant workers face different issues than Canadian-born employees, such as language barriers and lack of knowledge about their rights. As the immigrant population increases, this is becoming a growing area of research and policy attention.

Ontario, BC show different declines in work injury rates

In both Ontario and British Columbia, work injury rates dropped between 1990 and 2001. However, B.C. generally showed less of a decrease. By comparing rates among provinces, we can see who is performing better and start to explore why rates differ.

Flexible work in the high-tech sector: does it really meet workers’ needs?

While flexible work arrangements are often seen in a positive light, there is a flipside. In this qualitative study in the high- tech sector, workers were always expected to be available to meet deadlines, and work came first over family.

Seven key principles support an employee’s successful return to work

The seven principles of successful return to work (RTW) - developed by the Knowledge Transfer and Exchange (KTE) team of the Institute for Work & Health, in collaboration with the Workplace Safety & Insurance Board’s RTW team - provide some guidance on how to approach RTW process.