Recent updates

In what sectors are caregiver-friendly workplaces commonly found? And what characteristics do their policies share? Dr. Allison Williams of McMaster University shares findings from her international scoping review on the availability of workplace policies to support employees who have additional off-work responsibilities of caring for loved ones.

November 17Read about what we know–and don’t know–about marijuana and workplace safety based on the research to date. Learn about an IWH study that found an association between prolonged occupational standing and heart disease, and the three misconceptions people have about the findings. Find out why young people with chronic conditions face particular barriers when it comes to requesting workplace accommodations. This and more can be found in the Fall 2017 issue of At Work, now available to download.

November 15—You can now listen to Dr. Linda M. Goldenhar's well-received lecture on the findings, tools and training programs that have emerged from the research she led at the U.S. Center for Construction Research and Training on the role of safety climate and culture in improving health and safety outcomes in construction workplaces. The slidecast (slides plus audio) is now available on IWH's YouTube channel.

September 22—​The impact of Institute for Work & Health (IWH) research on workplaces is the theme of the 2016 Annual Report. In it, read how five workplaces use IWH research to better their occupational health and safety (OHS) or return-to-work (RTW) programming. The annual report also describes other IWH research in 2016 designed to support workplace change.

September 19—The Canadian Centre for Occupational Health and Safety (CCOHS) and the Institute for Work & Health (IWH) are proud to announce that Canada has been selected to host the XXII World Congress on Safety and Health at Work, to be held October 4-7, 2020, in Toronto. The World Congress, sponsored by the International Labour Organization (ILO) and the International Social Security Association (ISSA), is the world’s largest event for the international occupational health and safety community and will draw more than 3,500 delegates from more than 150 countries.

August 23—How do you know which workers are vulnerable to increased risks of work injuries/illnesses? (Hint: It's not by considering worker characteristics such as their age, job status, immigration status and so on.) There's a way to find the workers you need to protect. Our new video short explains how. Watch the video, and download the OHS Vulnerability Measure.

August 17—Workers who stand on the job most of the time are at greater risk of heart disease than workers who predominantly sit. According to a study just published in the American Journal of Epidemiology, even after taking into account a wide range of personal, health and work factors, people who primarily stand on the job are twice as likely as people who primarily sit on the job to have a heart attack or congestive heart failure.

July 21—The Institute for Work & Health's popular "What Researchers Mean By..." columns have been collected into one book, now available to download. This book brings together easy-to-understand definitions of over 35 research terms used in the health and social sciences.