At Work

Current issue: At Work 108 (Spring 2022)

Higher injury risk linked to cannabis use at or before work, but not to cannabis use off-work. How government funding can best support the employment of persons with disabilities. Widely used survey lacks ability to distinctly measure the 13 factors of the psychosocial work environment. And more....

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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IWH estimates point to positive return on OHS investment in three Ontario sectors

An estimate of the return-on-investment in occupational health and safety is not a figure that many individual employers can easily come up with on their own. A team at IWH has come up with an estimate for three Ontario sectors, based on previous research and WSIB data.
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Workers doing vigorous, tiring activity all day no healthier than those who are least active

What daily physical activity pattern is best for your heart health? An IWH research team analyzed activity tracker data in a nationally representative sample of nearly 8,100 workers and examined their 10-year risk of heart disease.
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IWH input contributes to enhancement of WSIB’s Health and Safety Index

When the WSIB reviewed its Health and Safety Index, IWH researchers provided advice on index methodology. An impact case study summarizes how enhancements to the index incorporated that advice.
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Widely used survey lacks ability to tell apart 13 distinct psychosocial work factors

The Guarding Minds @ Work survey is designed to measure 13 dimensions of the psychosocial work environment. But a study of its measurement properties, carried out by IWH and OHCOW, finds it unable to measure each dimension in isolation.
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Review synthesizes differences between men, women in injury risks and outcomes

Men and women may be part of the labour force in similar proportions, but many industries and occupations are still dominated by one sex/gender or another. A new systematic review at IWH looks at differences between men and women in work exposures and injury/illness outcomes.