WorkSafeBC Research Day

April 2017: On Friday April 8, WorkSafeBC is hosting a Research Day, open to all WorkSafeBC staff and management, with the goal of getting non-scientist research users excited about the innovative research WorkSafeBC supports. The morning session, Innovative Ideas, will feature short talks about respiratory problems for wildland firefighters, testing fall arrest systems, wearable technology for MSI prevention, and nanoparticles. A poster session at lunch will feature posters by PWHS Postdoctoral fellow Esther Maas (Multiple jobholders are less likely to return-to-work than single jobholders) and PWHS PhD student Andrea Jones (Anxiety and depressive disorders among workers with musculoskeletal injury). PWHS researchers Niloufar Saffari and Chris McLeod will give presentations in the afternoon:

Immigration Status and Work Disability Duration in British Columbia
Niloufar Saffari, PWHS Research Assistant
This presentation shares the results of a study based on a novel data linkage between Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada data and WorkSafeBC work-related injury claims data in BC. It examines whether immigrant workers who suffer work disability experience different workers’ compensation claim and return-to-work outcomes compared to Canadian-born workers. Findings indicate that both recent and established immigrant workers experience longer episodes of work disability after work injury compared to Canadian-born workers. Immigrants may face barriers to returning to work following a work-related injury compared to Canadian born workers and may require additional supports to facilitate timely return to work. More about this project

Moving towards Action on Ending Violence in Health Care
Chris McLeod, PWHS Co-Director
Violence towards workers in health care is a critical workplace health and safety issue and current approaches have not been successful at reducing the risk of violence. This presentation summarized current evidence about violence prevention based on research literature and consultations with and key informant interview of front line and management staff in two BC health authorities. We summarized current data available to measure and assess the risk of violence in health care settings, identify data and knowledge gaps, and present a newly developed framework that can help guide the development and evaluation of violence prevention activities. More about this project

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