Sept 2020: PWHS Co-Director Mieke Koehoorn is speaking with Cheryl Peters of CAREX Canada about a recent analysis of media articles on workplace outbreaks of COVID-19 in a webinar hosted by the Industrial Accident Victims Group of Ontario (IAVGO) and CAREX Canada Oct 5 at 11am PT. This webinar is intended for law and labour professionals, or anyone interested in workers’ health.
September 2020: A new paper by Jonathan Fan, Robert Macpherson, Chris McLeod and colleagues examined age differences in work disability duration and found that older age is not always strongly associated with worse disability duration outcomes.
Sept 2020: Research Associate Robert Macpherson will discuss differences in work-related health outcomes between men and women, and how an understanding of these differences can be used to improve work disability management and rehabilitation policy and practice, in a webinar hosted by the Work Wellness Institute on Sept 9 at 10am PT. Please register in advance.
BC COVID-19 Research and Collaboration Symposium: Public Health, Populations, Health Services, and Impacts
August 2020: PWHS Co-Directors Mieke Koehoorn and Chris McLeod are presenting Sept 1-2 at BC COVID-19 Research and Collaboration Symposium, organized by the BC Academic Health Sciences Network.
August 2020: Great article from UBC SPPH mentioning our findings that those unable to work from home are more likely to be in the lowest income group, in precarious employment, and least likely to have paid sick leave; and that immigrant workers reported higher levels of financial distress and greater concern of job loss due to COVID-19, compared to Canadian-born workers.
July 2020: We have posted a new research brief discussing our evaluation of the Return to Work COR program in BC – an additional certification that firms already holding COR certification could earn prior to 2012. We found that this additional certification does not appear to provide any additional benefit on disability duration.
Impact of COVID-19 on employment and financial security of immigrant workers compared to Canadian-born workers
June 2020: We conducted an analysis of employment and economic concerns of immigrant workers compared to Canadian-born workers, and investigated if employment concern impacted perceived mental health, using the Statistics Canada Canadian Perspectives Survey Series 1, a new web panel survey that was conducted for two weeks in March after the COVID-19 pandemic began.
June 2020: Researchers and knowledge users are invited to participate in a short survey that will ask your opinion on what work and health evidence gaps and research needs exist in the context of global pandemics and COVID-19.
Ability to work from home and paid sick leave benefits by precarious employment and socioeconomic status
May 2020: The public health response to COVID-19 has included a shift to working from home in an effort to limit physical contact and slow the spread of infection. However, working from home is not feasible for everyone. We analysed existing Statistics Canada General Social Survey 2016 data to estimate the number of workers who cannot work from home, and the number of workers without employer paid sick leave benefits.
May 2020: Our co-directors Mieke Koehoorn and Chris McLeod are quoted in a UBC School of Population and Public Health story on isolation and social connection, and the uneven distribution of health risks.
Webinar: The effectiveness of OHS management systems: Is the whole greater than the sum of its parts?
May 2020: Join us on May 19th at 11am PDT (2 pm EDT) to hear our co-director Chris McLeod consider the characteristics of audit certification that will lead to improved health and safety performance.
April 2020: Our co-director Chris McLeod is quoted in a Globe and Mail article about workers’s compensation claims filed for COVID-19 infection.
April 2020: PWHS postdoc Esther Maas will discuss effective and cost-effective approaches in facilitating early and sustained return-to-work after a musculoskeletal injury at a University of Washington Department of Environmental and Occupational Health Sciences seminar on Thursday, Apr 16 at 12:30 pm.
March 2020: A new paper by PWHS research associate Robert Macpherson found that, when compared to workers residing in metropolitan areas, those in all other areas experienced more disability days after work injury, especially in the construction and transportation and warehousing sectors.
March 2020: A new paper by PWHS PhD graduate Andrea Jones found that women are less likely than men to receive surgery following work-related musculoskeletal injury in BC.
January 2020: A new paper by PWHS MSc graduate Kelvin Choi and postdoctoral fellow Esther Maas found that workers with psychological injuries in counselling and social work occupations, and in long-term care and residential social services, took longer to return to work following a violence-related incident than workers with non-violence-related incidents. This paper is an Editor’s Choice and so is free to all.
January 2020: PWHS postdoctoral fellow Sonja Senthanar will discuss the impact of work injury and the return to work process on family members of precarisouly employed workers at the SPPH Occupational and Environmental Hygiene (OEH) seminar on Friday, Jan 24 at 1:00 in SPPH B151.
January 2020: PWHS Co-Director Chris McLeod is quoted in an article about heat-related occupational health and safety for outdoor workers in OHS Canada magazine’s Nov/Dec 2019 issue.
January 2020: PWHS researchers, postdoctoral fellows, and graduate students are giving a series of presentations at the Cascadia Occupational, Environmental, and Population Health Conference, January 9-10, in Abbotsford, BC
November 2019: A new paper by PWHS postdoctoral fellow Esther Maas describes patterns of gradual return to work among BC workers with work-acquired musculoskeletal disorders.
November 2019: An article published in the Institute for Work & Health At Work newsletter describes PWHS evaluations of COR programs in BC and Alberta.
Cascadia Environment, Occupation, and Population Health Symposium: Innovative approaches for a planet in crisis
October 2019: The call for presentations and posters for Cascadia 2020 (Jan 9-10, 2020) is open. Submit your abstract by Nov. 15.
October 2019: PWHS Co-Director Chris McLeod will present lessons from Alberta and BC on Nov. 5 at 11 am EST at the Institute for Work and Health in Toronto. The presentation will also be available as a slidecast.
October 2019: Peter Wall Institute for Advanced Studies International Visiting Research Scholar Dr Geoff Wong of the University of Oxford gave a talk on realist reviews at UBC. View his slides, or learn more about our realist evaluation of violence prevention education in health care.
October 2019: A newly-released report on the burden of occupational cancer in Canada presents estimates of occupational exposure and the associated burden of cancer by industry, as well as exposure reduction strategies for the most common occupational carcinogens in Canada. A major feature of the report is the evidence-based policy recommendations directed at government, occupational health and safety systems, employers and non-governmental organizations.
September 2019: PWHS PHD student Andrea Jones will discuss the impacts of anxiety and depression disorders on work disability outcomes among workers with musculoskeletal injuries at the SPPH Occupational and Environmental Hygiene (OEH) seminar on Friday, Oct 4 at 1:00 in SPPH B151.
Public Health, Law and Climate Change: Legal Approaches to Protecting Children’s Health in a Warming World
September 2019: The UBC School of Population and Public Health is launching a monthly speaker series, Voices in Health, on Sept. 30 from 4-6pm. The talk will showcase the potential of using legal approaches that combine human rights law and environmental and public health research to spur action on climate change.
September 2019: PWHS co-director Chris McLeod will outline his thoughts and ideas on current and future training and research needs at the weekly SPPH Occupational and Environmental Hygiene (OEH) seminar on Friday, Sept 6 at 1:00 in SPPH B151.
Roberta Ellis Award for Excellence in the Study and Practice of Occupational and Environmental Health
August 2019: On August 19 a plaque was unveiled at a ceremony at the UBC School of Population and Public Health, honouring Emily Guy, Kyle Meeking, and Nicole Boeder, the first three recipients of the annual award.
Out of the labour force and out of school: a population-representative study of youth labour force attachment and mental health
August 2019: A new paper from PWHS PhD student Anita Minh and coauthors explores mental health and labour force participation among youth.
May 2019: PWHS Co-Director Chris McLeod is speaking at the College and University Safety Association 2019 conference, hosted by the BC Institute of Technology May 29-31. His talk is on the growth of OHS management systems certifications in Canada, and applicability to the education sector.
May 2019: PWHS Co-Director Chris McLeod will speak at a return to work symposium in Ottawa May 16-17. His talk will address new research looking at work injury outside workers’ home province, using data from six Canadian workers’ compensation jurisdictions.
May 2019: PWHS Co-director Chris McLeod will speak at the Monash University School of Public Health and Preventive Medicine on May 7, on lessons from analysis of Canadian workers’ compensation data.
April 2019: PWHS researchers are giving presentations on geographical differences in return to work, precarious work, OHS certification, and work disability differences by gender and immigration status at EPICOH, the International Symposium on Epidemiology in Occupational Health, April 29 to May 2, in Wellington, New Zealand.
April 2019: Our evaluation of the Certificate of Recognition (COR) program in BC found that certification was associated with a reduction in injury rates in most industrial sectors, and this effect was greater in more recent years. A research brief is available for download; the full report is available by request.
March 2019: PWHS Co-director Chris McLeod was a guest on CBC’s BC Today on March 28, speaking about shift work. Listen to the podcast (skip to minute 29 to hear Chris).
March 2019: PWHS PhD student Kim McLeod will share her work on workplace safety inspections in BC at the weekly SPPH Occupational and Environmental Hygiene (OEH) seminar on Friday, March 29 at 12:30 in SPPH B151.
March 2019: PWHS PhD student Sharon Provost will share her work on violence prevention education in healthcare at the weekly SPPH Occupational and Environmental Hygiene (OEH) seminar on Friday, March 8 at 12:30 in SPPH B151.
February 2019: PWHS PhD candidate Sharon Provost is collaborating with BC health authorities on an innovative way to evaluate the Provincial Violence Prevention Curriculum. The Vancouver Coastal Research Institute featured the work in their Research Insider newsletter.
February 2019: PWHS co-director Chris McLeod talks about our work exploring facilitators and barriers to return to work after injury in the construction sector in On Site magazine.
February 2019: The Partnership for Work, Health and Safety is seeking a part-time research assistant to work on a realist evaluation of the violence prevention curriculum used in the BC healthcare sector.
January 2019: We are seeking a postdoctoral fellow to lead a program of research informing the provision of healthcare/rehabilitation and compensations services for injured workers, with a focus on optimal work health and return-to-work outcomes among immigrant workers in Canada.
January 2019: PWHS researchers, postdoctoral fellows, and graduate students are giving a series of presentations at the Cascadia Occupational, Environmental, and Population Health Conference, January 10-11, in Semiahmoo, WA.
January 2019: PhD candidate Sharon Provost is collaborating with BC health authorities on an innovative way to evaluate the Provincial Violence Prevention Curriculum. Using a realist approach, we will identify why, how, when, for whom, and in what circumstances the violence prevention education in health care is effective in decreasing violence and violence-related injuries.
November 2018: A new paper, by PWHS postdoctoral fellow Robert Macpherson and Co-director Chris McLeod and coauthors, found that men transitioned off disability benefits faster than women for shorter claim durations, then women transitioned off benefits faster than men for longer claims. The findings were consistent across three Canadian provinces.
October 2018: PWHS is seeking a qualified and engaged statistical analyst to join our research team in analyzing and learning from occupational health big data to create safer and more secure workplaces.
October 2018: Partnership Co-director Mieke Koehoorn, postdoctoral fellows Robert Macpherson and Esther Maas, PhD students Kimberly Sharpe and Andrea Jones, and MSc student Johannes Rebane are attending CARWH 2018, the Canadian Association for Research on Work and Health biennial conference, October 21-23, in Vancouver. Most of their presentations address return to work after work injury, with attention to a variety of factors, including gradual return to work, barriers in the construction sector, the impact of mental health disorders, and geography.
October 2018: The call for presentations and posters for Cascadia 2019 (Jan 10-11, 2019) is open. Submit your abstract by Nov. 16.
September 2018: Save the date for Nov. 28, when Dr. Paul Demers will deliver IWH’s annual Nachemson lecture. He will discuss the role of research and policy in preventing occupational disease in Canada.
September 2018: PWHS postdoctoral fellow Robert Macpherson will share his work on geographic variation in return to work outcomes at the weekly SPPH Occupational and Environmental Hygiene (OEH) seminar on Friday, Oct. 5 at 12:30 in SPPH B151.
September 2018: Chris McLeod is interviewed in the Journal of Commerce on our study around improving approaches to early and sustainable return-to-work in the construction sector.
August 2018: Postdoctoral fellow Esther Maas will present her work using linked data to build detailed return-to-work trajectories for work disability research at the IPDLN Conference in Banff Sept 12-14.
June 2018: PWHS post-doctoral fellow Robert Macpherson and co-director Chris McLeod, with Australian colleagues Tyler Lane and Alex Collie, are authors of a new paper in BMC Public Health identifying age and sex trends in the disability burden of work-related musculoskeletal disorders (MSDs) in Canada and Australia.
May 2018: PWHS postdoctoral fellow Esther Maas will speak at the IWH Speaker Series in Toronto on June 5. Livestreaming is available.
May 2018: PWHS is seeking a technical writer and project coordinator to join our research team in learning from occupational health big data to create safer and more secure workplaces.
May 2018: PWHS Co-director Chris McLeod is a co-author on two new papers in Occupational & Environmental Medicine examining lung cancer risks across different occupations and industries in Ontario and the burden of lung cancer attributable to diesel engine exhaust exposure across Canada.
May 2018: Mieke Koehoorn will present at WORK, MIGRATION AND HEALTH 2018: A Forum on Precarity, Vulnerability, Health and Safety among Newcomers and Temporary Foreign Workers in Canada in Toronto on May 8.
April 2018: PWHS MScOEH student Kelvin Choi successfully defended his Master’s thesis on April 18. Congratulations Kelvin!
Multiple jobholders with a work-related musculoskeletal disorder less likely to return to work than single jobholders
April 2018: Our new study in PLOS ONE examined the association between multiple versus single jobholding and time to RTW for workers with a work-related musculoskeletal disorder.
March 2018: The Canadian Association for Research on Work and Health Conference will take place Oct. 21-23, 2018 at the Pinnacle Hotel Harbourfront in Vancouver. The conference organizers welcome abstracts from researchers, students, and practitioners conducting work and health research.
March 2018: PWHS visiting scholar France St-Hilaire will share her insights and results from her work on workplace psychological health at the weekly SPPH Occupational and Environmental Hygiene (OEH) seminar on Friday, March 16 at 12:30 in SPPH B151.
February 2018: The 10th Conference of the Canadian Association for Research on Work and Health will take place between October 21 and 23, 2018 in Vancouver. Further details will be issued shortly.
Gender and sex differences in clinical epidemiology and evaluation – interesting discoveries to inform policy and practice
February 2018: Mieke Koehoorn will present at C2E2 Rounds on Monday February 5, at noon. Details
January 2018: Our study on associations between different work-related musculoskeletal disorders and return to work trajectories found that workers with back strains were more likely to have early, sustained return to work trajectories.
January 2018: PWHS researchers, postdoctoral fellows, and graduate students are giving a series of presentations at the Cascadia Occupational, Environmental, and Population Health Conference, January 4-5, in Abbotsford, BC.
November 2017: The School of Population and Public Health published a Research Highlight about Chris McLeod’s work with the Ontario Workplace Safety and Insurance Board.
October 2017: Suhail Marino, Partnership Director of Operations and Privacy, is presenting at the Society of Research Administrators Annual Meeting on Oct. 16 in Vancouver, on stakeholder engagement, data access and privacy in research.
August 2017: Partnership Co-directors Mieke Koehoorn and Chris McLeod, researcher Jonathan Fan, postdoctoral fellows Robert Macpherson and Esther Maas, and graduate students Kelvin Choi, Andrea Jones, and Amy Hall are presenting at EPICOH 2017, the 26th International Epidemiology in Occupational Health Conference, August 28-31, in Edinburgh, Scotland.
July 2017: Our postdoc Esther Maas’s dissertation work on radiofrequency denervation treatment for low back pain was covered in the New York Times.
July 2017: PWHS co-director Chris McLeod has been promoted to Associate Professor in the School of Population and Public Health at UBC. Congratulations Chris!
May 2017: PWHS Co-Director Mieke Koehoorn has been awarded a Project Grant from the Canadian Institutes of Health Research, along with co-investigators Ute Bultmann, Chris McLeod, and Stephanie Premji.
May 2017: PWHS postdoctoral fellow Esther Maas has been awarded a CIHR fellowship for her research on the cost-effectiveness of modified return-to-work policies for workers with musculoskeletal injuries.
May 2017: We are recruiting construction-sector stakeholders, including policy makers, practitioners, health and safety associations, employers, unions, and workers, to participate in key informant interviews on organizational return-to-work and disability management policies and practices.
May 2017: PWHS graduate student Anita Minh has been awarded a CIHR graduate scholarship for her PhD research – a cross-national comparison of five longitudinal cohorts examining how differences in social protections may give rise to inequalities in childhood mental health and subsequent labour market entry.
Roberta Ellis Award for Excellence in the Study and Practice of Occupational and Environmental Health
April 2017: PWHS and WorkSafeBC were proud to present the inaugural Roberta Ellis Award for Excellence in the Study and Practice of Occupational and Environmental Health to Nicole Boeder, a second year UBC MSc student in occupational and environmental health at WorkSafeBC’s Research Day on April 7.
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.
April 2017: PWHS research assistant and MSc graduate Niloufar Saffari and Co-Director Chris McLeod presented the results of Saffari’s thesis examining differences in disability duration after a work injury for immigrant and Canadian-born workers to the WorkSafeBC Interorganization Committee (IOC) Conference on April 6, 2017.
March 2017: PWHS Research Manager Billy Quirke will give a presentation about applying the IWH organizational performance metric in the BC long-term care and manufacturing sectors at SPPH OEH Rounds on Friday, March 31, at noon.
March 2017: The Workplace Safety and Insurance Board (WSIB) of Ontario has awarded a grant to our co-director Chris McLeod to improve return-to-work outcomes in the construction sector, by exploring international best practices, identifying indicators of good performance in BC, Alberta, and Manitoba, and assessing WSIB Work Integration policies and practices.
February 2017: Niloufar Saffari’s MSc thesis work on return to work after injury for immigrant workers is featured in WorkSafeBC’s e-Newsletter Insight. Read the story here.
January 2017: Our Co-Director Chris McLeod is in Ottawa and Montreal this month presenting our work to stakeholders at Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada on Jan. 26 and Institut de recherche Robert-Sauvé en santé et sécurité du travail on Jan. 27. More
November 25, 2016: PWHS student Niloufar Saffari graduated from UBC today after successfully defending her MSc thesis in August.
November 2016: WorkSafeBC has launched an asbestos awareness campaign for homeowners. Find out how to know if you have asbestos in your home, and how to safely deal with it during renovations.
November 2016: Chris McLeod will give a plenary talk at the Institute for Work & Health in Toronto on Nov. 15.
October 2016: Partnership Co-director Mieke Koehoorn, Research Manager Billy Quirke, postdoctoral fellows Robert Macpherson and Wei Zhang, and PhD student Amy Hall are attending CARWH 2016, Oct. 16-18, in Toronto, Ontario, to present on interprovincial, gender, and immigration-related differences in disability duration after work injury, gender differences in return to work trajectories, effects of chronic disease on work productivity loss, and opportunities for intervention in shiftwork practices.
October 2016: WorkSafeBC has provided funds to assess and develop the BC Construction Safety Alliance’s Occupational Health and Safety Certificate of Recognition (COR) audit database, in preparation for a future investigation of the effect of the COR program on firm injury claim rates. The Alberta Ministry of Labour has awarded funds to evaluate the effect of COR on firm-level injury rates in Alberta through the OHS Futures Research Funding Program. More about our COR evaluation
September 2016: Co-director Chris McLeod is presenting work on return-to-work trajectories at the Work Disability Prevention and Integration Conference in Amsterdam, on Sept. 26. Comparative policy research we are involved in is also being presented by our colleague Alex Collie of Monash University in Melbourne. More about our work in this area
September 2016: Co-director Chris McLeod and our former visiting professor Ute Bultmann are giving a session on methods for analyzing working life trajectories at the Work, Age, Health and Employment Conference at the University of Wuppertal in Germany, on Sept. 20. Read the related article.
September 2016: The Institute for Work & Health is accepting applications until Nov. 18, 2016. The Fellowship supports the development of outstanding new researchers in the field of work and health.
September 2016: Partnership Co-director Chris McLeod and Research Manager Suhail Marino are at EPICOH 2016, the 25th Annual Epidemiology in Occupational Health Conference, September 4-7, to present on comparative analyses of work disability duration, leading indicators of health and safety performance, data access and linkage, and differences in disability duration between immigrant and Canadian-born workers.
September 2016: Partnership postdoctoral fellow Wei Zhang measured the relationship between chronic diseases and work absenteeism and calculated associated costs, finding that mood disorders and back problems are associated with substantial work productivity loss. Read more in the Scandinavian Journal of Work, Environment & Health or in a summary from SPPH.
July 2016: PWHS Co-Director Mieke Koehoorn and Associate Professor John Calvert (Faculty of Health Sciences, Simon Fraser University) are seeking Expressions of Interest for a one-year postdoctoral fellowship funded by the Centre for Research on Work Disability Policy (CRWDP). The funded postdoctoral position will be located at Simon Fraser University and will focus on the Canadian work disability policy system.
July 2016: Mieke Koehoorn will give a webinar on gender, sex, and work disability outcomes July 13, 11am PDT, sponsored by the Canadian Institute for the Relief of Pain and Disability. Register
June 2016: Partnership co-directors Mieke Koehoorn and Chris McLeod and PhD student Andrea Jones are at PREMUS 2016 June 20-23 to present on gender and other factors affecting return to work and surgical decision making after work-related musculoskeletal injury.
June 2016: We are pleased to announce that our Partnership funding agreement with WorkSafeBC has been renewed for another 5 year term at $1.54 million. Looking forward to continuing this productive partnership!
June 2016: Mieke Koehoorn quoted in excellent Vancouver Sun Fathers Day article by Douglas Todd on workforce gender segregation & risk of serious injury & death borne by men.