- IWH: Shift workers more likely to have longer recovery times December 7, 2015
A new study by the Institute for Work & Health (IWH) suggests that, not only are shift workers at greater risk of work injury, they are more likely to have a harder time recovering should an injury occur. For more information on this study and its findings, see the IWH’s website at: Injured shift workers report poorer health outcomes than injured day workers: study.
- CCOHS: Violence Against Health Care Workers – It’s Not “Part of the Job” October 6, 2015
Violence in health care is more prevalent than we may realize. Research studies and statistics reveal that health care providers, particularly nurses, face a high risk of on-the-job abuse, both physical and emotional, from both patients and their families. For more information, see CCOHS’s latest Health and Safety Report.
- AWARENS: Workplace Violence Prevention October 6, 2015
AWARE-NS and WCB Nova Scotia are working in partnership with the Workplace Violence Prevention Working Group to identify, develop and implement programs to create violence free workplaces. For more information on the Steps for Safety program, including resources and tools you can use in your own organization, visit AWARENS’s website at: Workplace Violence Prevention.
- Workplace Strategies for Mental Health October 6, 2015
For more information and resources for improving and addressing mental health in the workplace, visit Great-West Life Centre for Mental Health in the Workplace’s website at: Workplace Strategies for Mental Health.
- IWH review: Inspections with penalties linked to lower injuries August 21, 2015
A new review by the Institute for Work & Health (IWH) found strong evidence that OH&S penalties and citations reduce work injuries. At the same time, the mere chance of being inspected may not be as effective of a deterrent. For more information on this review and its findings, see the IWH’s website at: Inspections with penalties linked to lower injuries: IWH review.
- IWH study: Workers’ comp benefits keep poverty low among permanently impaired workers and their families August 21, 2015
A new study by the Institute for Work & Health (IWH) looked at the earnings of injured workers and their families and found little difference between the poverty levels of permanently impaired workers and their uninjured peers. It also found workers’ compensation benefits play an important role in keeping poverty levels low for those injured at work. For more information on this study and its findings, see the IWH’s website at: Workers’ comp benefits keep poverty low among permanently impaired workers and their families, study by IWH finds.
- IWH leading indicator tool August 21, 2015
The Institute for Work & Health Organizational Performance Metric (IWH-OPM) is an eight question leading indicator tool used in several provinces as a measure of health and safety performance in workplaces. For more information including access to the questionnaire, see IWH’s website at: IWH leading indicator tool wins over advocates across Canada.
- Manitoba government introduces new PTSD legislation June 10, 2015
The Province of Manitoba has introduced new legislation to recognize post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) as a work-related occupational disease for all workers. To learn more, see the Manitoba government’s News Release.
- IWH study: Divergent trends in work-related and non-work-related injuries June 8, 2015
A new study from the Institute for Work & Health (IWH) found differing trends between work-related and non-work-related injuries. Injuries related to work decreased steadily over the 8 years studied while non-work-related injuries remained stable. From 2004 to 2011, work-related injuries declined by more than 30%, approximately 6% per year, while non-work-related injuries did not decline.
For more information on this study and its findings, see IWH’s website at: Divergent trends in work-related and non-work-related injury in Ontario.
- IWH research: Identifying vulnerable workers May 1, 2015
The Institute for Work & Health (IWH) has created a survey to help identify workers that may be at an increased risk of injury/illness.
The survey assesses 4 dimensions of vulnerability:
- “the hazards workers face;
- the workplace- or organizational-level protection they’re offered in the form of policies and practices;
- their awareness of their health and safety rights and responsibilities; and
- the extent to which they’re empowered to take part in work-related injury prevention and to refuse unsafe work.”
To find out more about this research, including a link to the full list of survey questions, see IWH’s website at: IWH research on vulnerable workers leads to tool for measuring risk factors.