At Work

Current issue: At Work 99 (Winter 2020)

Injured workers with psychological claims have poorer post-injury experiences, leading to worse return-to-work outcomes. Can an eight-item questionnaire pick up on real-world differences in occupational health and safety practices? A pan-Canadian strategy launched for greater workforce inclusion of people with disabilities.

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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Poorer post-injury experiences lead to worse RTW outcomes for psychological claimants

Injured workers on leave due to psychological injuries report poorer experiences and interactions throughout the return-to-work process. According to an IWH study, these experiences are interconnected, leading to longer time off from work.
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Can an eight-item questionnaire pick up on real-world differences in OHS practice?

How well can a set of eight questions capture something as broad and multi-faceted as an organization’s OHS policies and practices? An IWH study examines practices and policies at organizations that had completed the IWH-OPM. It finds consistent patterns in how high- and medium-scorers approach OHS.
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What research can do: IWH newcomer training resource sees uptake by various groups in Canada

Newcomers to Canada often lack knowledge about workplace health and safety issues or about their rights and responsibilities in the event of a work injury or illness. IWH's Safe Work Toolkit, designed to help settlement agencies fill in this knowledge gap, has seen uptake in Ontario and beyond.
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Strategy launched for greater workforce inclusion of people with disabilities

Advocates for greater inclusion of people with disabilities in the labour force now have a roadmap to guide their efforts. Developed in broad consultation, the pan-Canadian strategy is built on disability-confident workplaces and comprehensive supports for persons with disabilities.
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Estimating the societal costs of work injuries and illnesses in five EU countries

To help European Union countries set priorities and analyze potential benefits of tackling work-related hazards, an IWH team developed and implemented a new method for estimating the societal costs of work injuries and illnesses.