- The role of health-care providers in the workers’ compensation system and the return-to-work process January 16, 2017
International research by the Institute for Work & Health has generated strong evidence that health-care providers have a key role in the return-to-work (RTW) process. However, pressure on consultation time, administrative challenges and limited knowledge about a patient’s workplace can thwart meaningful engagement. Continue reading →
- WorkSafeBC’s Employer Safety Planning Tool Kit helps employers learn, compare, identify and plan health and safety programs October 27, 2016
WorkSafeBC‘s secure, interactive Employer Safety Planning Tool Kit helps employers learn about injuries and claims, compare their performance to their peers, identify trends, and plan health and safety programs for their workplaces. Continue reading →
- IWH Measurement Tool Assesses OHS Vulnerability October 18, 2016
The OHS Vulnerability Measure, developed at the Institute for Work & Health (IWH), measures the extent to which a worker may be vulnerable to occupational health and safety (OHS) risks at work. Continue reading →
- IRSST and RIPOST put forward a practical approach aimed at sustainably preventing interpersonal violence in the workplace October 17, 2016
Interpersonal violence in the workplace has become an increasingly widespread phenomenon, to the extent that in 2002 Québec adopted a legislative framework granting all employees a right to work in an environment free from psychological harassment. Continue reading →
- IWH: Health and safety inspections with penalties effectively reduce work injuries September 8, 2016
Government health and safety inspections that result in citations or penalties effectively motivate employers to make improvements that reduce work-related injuries. Continue reading →
- NIOSH: Climate Change and Health Effects on Workers April 12, 2016
The potential health effects of climate change on workers is now available in a new report by the U.S. Global Change Research Program. According to the report, climate change may increase the severity and prevalence of known occupational hazards, as well as the development of new hazards.
See NIOSH’s update at: New Climate Change and Health Document includes Effects on Workers or view the full report is available at: https://health2016.globalchange.gov.
- CCOHS: Aging Workforce March 21, 2016
The Canadian workforce is aging. In five years, nearly one in four workers could be aged 55 years or over. What does this demographic trend mean for workplace safety?
The Canadian Centre for Occupational Health and Safety (CCOHS) has prepared an infographic to give an overview of the Aging Workforce in Canada. See CCOHS’s website at: Aging Workforce in Canada Infographic.
- IRSST: International Women’s Day – Women at Work and OHS March 16, 2016
In conjunction with International Women’s Day, the Institut de recherche Robert-Sauvé en santé et en sécurité du travail (IRSST) has put together some resources related to women at work and OHS. For more information, including an infographic showing some of the gender differences related to the labour market and occupational injuries, see IRSST’s website at: International Women’s Day: Women at Work and OHS.
- IWH: Breakthrough change – External influences motivate improved OHS March 15, 2016
A new study by the Institute for Work & Health (IWH) suggests that, when workplaces make large improvements in OHS that the change was typically initiated by one or more external influences, such as a government OHS inspection, market pressure from industry clients or a serious injury happening in a similar business.
For more information on this study and its findings, see IWH’s website at: External influences motivate firms to make large improvements in workplace health and safety performance: IWH study.
- CSA Mental Health Standard – Best Practices January 22, 2016
“In any given week, 500,000 Canadians will not make it to work because of a mental health problem or illness. Forty-one companies across Canada are tackling this head on. To promote positive mental health among all employees, these companies are implementing CSA Z1003, Psychological Health and Safety in the Workplace. They’re also sharing their experiences with the Mental Health Commission of Canada.”
For more information, including 10 promising best practices, see Workplace Safety & Prevention Services website at: Mental health at work: 10 best practices from early adopters of CSA Z1003.