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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.

IWH Speaker Series: The effectiveness of COR in preventing work injury

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 via webinar. Please register.

Making the Case for Realist Reviews

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.

Burden of Occupational Cancer in Canada

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.

Seminar: Anxiety and depression disorders among workers with musculoskeletal injury in BC

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.

Seminar: Towards a vision on the future of occupational and environmental health in BC

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.

College and University Safety Association conference

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.

Symposium: Return to Work in a Changing World of Work

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.

Seminar: Avoiding the morass of cross jurisdictional comparisons

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.

Presentations at EPICOH 2019

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.

Does COR certification lead to lower injury rates in BC?

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.

Seminar: Using Evidence to Inform OHS Policy

March 2019: On April 4 at 12:30 pm, PWHS Co-director Chris McLeod will give a seminar at the University of Washington in Seattle, presenting results from our COR audit program evaluations in BC and Alberta. Details

The health effects of shift work on CBC radio

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).

Seminar: Workplace safety inspections in BC

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.

Seminar: A realist review of violence prevention education in healthcare

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.

Classroom learning in context – How does violence prevention education work on the ground?

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.

Bird’s eye view: The consequences of falls from heights demand a culture shift

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.

Seeking a research assistant: Realist evaluation of violence prevention education in BC health care

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.

Seeking a postdoctoral fellow: Work, health and RTW among immigrant workers in Canada

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.

Presentations at Cascadia 2019

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.

Realist Evaluation of Violence Prevention Education

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.

Differences in work disability duration across gender and province

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.

Job Posting: Statistical Analyst

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.

Canadian Association for Research on Work and Health Conference

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.

Cascadia Environmental, Occupational, and Public Health Symposium: Evidence to Action

October 2018: The call for presentations and posters for Cascadia 2019 (Jan 10-11, 2019) is open. Submit your abstract by Nov. 16.

Lecture: Preventing occupational disease: Moving the agenda forward

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.

Seminar: Return to work: geographical variations

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.

Construction industry strives to bring injured workers back to the job site

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.

International Population Data Linkage Network 2018 Conference

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.

New paper comparing work-related disability burden in Canada and Australia

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.

Seminar: The effects of gradual return to work on sustained return to work

May 2018: PWHS postdoctoral fellow Esther Maas will speak at the IWH Speaker Series in Toronto on June 5. Livestreaming is available.

Job Posting: Technical Writer & Project Coordinator

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.

New papers on occupational lung cancer

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.

Using ‘big data’ for research on work, immigration and health in 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.

Risk of violence among healthcare staff and return-to-work outcomes

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.

Call for abstracts open for 2018 CARWH Conference

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.

Seminar: Psychological health at work: Beyond concepts, the day-to-day practices

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.

Save the date! 2018 CARWH Conference

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

Identifying return-to-work trajectories using sequence analysis

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.

Presentations at Cascadia 2018

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.

Investigating how injured construction workers can get back to work quickly and safely

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.

Stakeholder engagement, data access and privacy in research

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.

Presentations at EPICOH 2017

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.

Esther Maas’s work covered in New York Times

July 2017: Our postdoc Esther Maas’s dissertation work on radiofrequency denervation treatment for low back pain was covered in the New York Times.

Dr. Chris McLeod promoted to Associate Professor

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!

PWHS students receive awards

June 2017: Congratulations to PWHS PhD student Sharon Provost, the recipient of a UBC Public Scholars Initiative award, and to PhD student Kimberly Sharpe, the recipient of a WorkSafeBC Research Training Award.

Immigration and work disability in the Canadian context

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.

Cost-effectiveness of modified-return-to-work after a musculoskeletal injury

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.

Recruiting stakeholders for key informant interviews

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.

Childhood mental health and future employment in the welfare state

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.

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.

WorkSafeBC Interorganization Committee Conference

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.

OEH Seminar Series: Leading Indicators

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.

WSIB grant success: Early and sustainable return-to-work in the construction sector

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.

Stakeholder meetings in Alberta

March 2017: Chris McLeod and Suhail Marino travelled to Alberta this month to meet with stakeholders at Alberta Labour and the Alberta Workers Compensation Board. They presented on the COR evaluation and our provincial comparative work on return to work after injury.

Coming to Canada: Novel study sheds light on immigration status and workplace health

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.

Working with stakeholders to use evidence to inform policy

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

Congrats to UBC November graduates

November 25, 2016: PWHS student Niloufar Saffari graduated from UBC today after successfully defending her MSc thesis in August.

WorkSafeBC launches asbestos campaign

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.

IWH Plenary: Return to work not a single event

November 2016: Chris McLeod will give a plenary talk at the Institute for Work & Health in Toronto on Nov. 15.

Canadian Association for Research on Work and Health Conference

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.

New funds to extend COR evaluation

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

WDPI 2016 conference

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

WAHE 2016 conference

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.

Mustard Post-Doctoral Fellowship in Work & Health

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.

EPICOH 2016 Conference

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.

Chronic conditions, absenteeism, and associated costs in Canada

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.

Postdoctoral fellowship opportunity

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.

Partnership funding renewed

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!

COR evaluation findings video card

June 2016: The Institute for Work and Health has summarized our findings from the COR evaluation in a video card. Learn more about COR.

Centre for Research on Work Disability Policy: Annual Forum

June 2016: The CRWDP is holding their annual forum June 8 in Vancouver, co-hosted by our Co-Director Mieke Koehoorn. This is an opportunity for researchers, trainees, and members of the public to learn about the CRWDP and to provide input on BC’s research directions and activities.

WorkSafeBC Research Training Award

June 2016: Partnership MSc student Kelvin Choi is the recipient of a WorkSafeBC Research Training Award for his thesis work on workplace violence. More about our work in this area

BC Care Providers Annual Conference

May 2016: Chris McLeod will present on the health, safety, and disability practices that reduce the risk of work-related injuries and illnesses in the long-term care sector at the BCCPA 2016 annual conference, May 31 in Whistler. More about our work in this area

Webinar: Health Care Safety Professionals Association of BC

May 2016: Chris McLeod will give a webinar on the role of leading and lagging indicators in violence prevention in health care to the Health Care Safety Professionals Association of BC on Friday May 20. Learn more about our work in this area

Trudeau announces Canada “moving forward” on asbestos ban

May 2016: Pleased to see that Canada is now moving toward a ban on asbestos. Learn more about our work on asbestos exposure and mesothelioma

MSFHR Scholar Award to Chris McLeod

May 2016: Our co-director Chris McLeod is a 2016 Michael Smith Foundation for Health Research Scholar Program award recipient for his comparative and cross-jurisdictional research on work and health. More about our work in this area.

Labor markets and health: an integrated life course perspective

May 2016: New article in Scandinavian Journal of Work, Environment and Health from our co-director Chris McLeod and visiting scholar Ute Bültmann on integrating a life course perspective into work and health research.

Does time off work after injury vary by jurisdiction?

May 2016: New article in BMJ Open related to our international comparative work: Does time off work after injury vary by jurisdiction? A comparative study of eight Australian workers’ compensation systems. Learn more about this work.

Study finds COR employers have lower rates of serious injuries than those not in program

April 2016: Our COR audit evaluation is featured in the Institute for Work & Health At Work newsletter.

Will you be ready if COR becomes mandatory?

April 2016: Our COR audit program evaluation mentioned in an article in construction sector magazine On-Site.

Public Talk – Work in Life: Work and Health in a Life-Course Perspective

April 2016: International Visiting Research Scholar Dr. Ute Bültmann will give a public talk at the Peter Wall Institute for Advanced Studies at UBC on May 18, 2016.

OEH seminar: Return-to-work is not a single event

March 2016: Partnership co-lead Chris McLeod will present a UBC School of Population and Public Health Occupational and Environmental Health seminar: Return-to-work is not a single event: Our evolving understanding of return-to-work trajectories after work injury. March 18 at 12:30pm. A live webinar option is available.

Presentation at AIHA BC-Yukon on Health and Safety Management and Occupational Hygiene

March 2016: Partnership co-lead Chris McLeod will present at the American Industrial Hygiene Association BC-Yukon Local Section 2016 Conference and Annual General Meeting on March 11.

National comparative research featured

February 2016: Our work comparing long duration claims across Canadian provinces is featured in the 2015 Annual Report of the Research and Workplace Innovation Program, Workers Compensation Board of Manitoba. See pages 4 and 5 for pictures of our knowledge translation and exchange work and page 30 for a project update. More on our national and international comparative work.

Presentation at Ontario General Contractors Association Leadership Day

February 2016: Chris McLeod gave a talk about the Certificate of Recognition impact evaluation at Ontario General Contractors Association Leadership Day. More about COR

COR program evaluation in Journal of Commerce

October 2015: View the article, watch an interview with Chris McLeod or learn more about the COR program.

Abstracts for Semiahmoo 2016 – Occupational, Environmental, and Public Health Conference

October 2015: Abstracts for posters, papers or discussions of research in progress are due by Nov. 16, 2015.

International return to work comparisons

October 2015: Co-lead Chris McLeod and colleagues from the Institute for Safety, Compensation and Recovery Research in Australia have published an introductory report on international comparisons of compensation policy & return to work outcomes. More on this work

WorkSafeBC Research Day presentation

September 2015: On Sept 18, Chris McLeod and George Astrakianakis will present our work on violence prevention in health care settings. We are building on existing research into effective violence prevention and occupational health and safety management to develop leading and lagging indicators to best measure the effect of violence prevention initiatives in BC.

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