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Partnership news

Time to return to work following workplace violence among health care and social workers

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.

Seminar: Effects of work injury and RTW on family of precariously employed workers

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.

Heat safety for outdoor workers

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.

Presentations at Cascadia 2020

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

Descriptive epidemiology of gradual return to work for workers with musculoskeletal disorders

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.

At Work: Employers certified through COR programs have 12 to 14 per cent lower injury rates

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.

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 available as a slidecast.

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.

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