OHS regulation and enforcement

The regulator’s role in setting and enforcing the adoption of basic standards is fundamentally important to ensuring the health, safety and fair treatment of workers and the productivity of workplaces. Therefore, it’s important for occupational health and safety (OHS) systems to know what will best achieve this. The Institute for Work & Health (IWH) conducts a wide range of research to help labour ministries, workers' compensation boards and other regulatory bodies (and those affected by them) understand where their limited time and money will be most effectively allocated to achieve fewer work-related injuries and illnesses.

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Ontario's mandatory working-at-heights training led to safer practices and reduced claims rates

Falls from heights are a significant occupational health and safety hazard. In 2015, Ontarios Ministry of Labour implemented a mandatory training program to better protect construction workers who work at heights. An evaluation study by a team at the Institute for Work & Health has found that the training had high uptake across the province. It also led to a decline in claims rates due to falls targeted by the trainingespecially among very small employers and construction subsectors with the most frequent fall injuries.

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World Congress 2020 releases first program, opens registration

Connect with global leaders on emerging challenges, innovative solutions and best practices in workplace injury and illness prevention. The World Congress on Safety & Health at Work is coming to Toronto on October 4-7, 2020. Registration is now open, and the first program announcement is now available at the World Congress 2020 website. This global forum, designed for OHS leaders, policy-makers, employers and advocates, is organized by the International Labour Organization and the International Social Security Association, in conjunction with the Canadian co-hosts, IWH and the Canadian Centre for Occupational Health and Safety. 

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IWH Speaker Series: Evaluating the effectiveness of Ontario’s working-at-heights training standards

Serious injuries and fatalities resulting from falls from heights are a major concern in construction work. In 2015, Ontario’s Ministry of Labour implemented regulations defining working-at-heights training program standards and establishing a program for approving training providers in the province. In an IWH Speaker Series presentation on February 26, Scientist Dr. Lynda Robson shares findings from a study examining the reach and effectiveness of this training initiative.

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Manitoba turns to IWH leading indicators in safety culture initiative

It had a five-year plan that included building a culture of safety across the province. What it was missing was a definition of safety culture—and a way to measure any progress made. That was when SAFE Work Manitoba turned to IWH and its work on occupational health and safety leading indicators. In this impact case study, we look at how the IWH Organizational Performance Metric is helping SAFE Work Manitoba achieve its goals.

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Institute accepting applications for post-doctoral Mustard fellowships in work and health

New researchers with an expertise in social, behavioural, organizational, clinical and/or population health sciences are invited to apply for a post-doctoral Mustard Fellowship in Work & Health. The Institute is looking for recent PhD graduates with an interest in doing research related to one of its two overarching priorities: work as a determinant of health and health as a determinant of work. The deadline for applications is Friday, December 14, 2018.

Learn more and apply here