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. A research brief reporting on this analysis of media articles is available here.
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.