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Were you a restaurant or bar worker during COVID-19?

September 2023: The FABS study is interviewing employees who were bullied, harassed, and/or experienced violence in the workplace. We offer $75 for participation and interviews can be conducted in English, Spanish, Filipino, Punjabi, Farsi, Vietnamese, and Chinese. Share your story!

Presentation at the Annual Conference of the International Society for Environmental Epidemiology

September 2023: PWHS PhD student Xiaocong (Maggie) Guo is presenting on the burden of occupational heat-related illness in BC and the impact of heatwaves on Sept 19 in Kaohsiung, Taiwan, at the Annual Conference of the International Society for Environmental Epidemiology.

Save the date: Cascadia 2024

September 2023: The Cascadia Occupational, Environmental & Population Health 2024 Conference will be held on January 11 & 12, 2024, at Semiahmoo Resort in Washington State. Watch for abstract submission and registration details to come!

Cameron Mustard award applications now being accepted

August 2023: The Institute for Work & Health is now accepting applications for its inaugural Cameron Mustard Early Career Accelerator Award. The application deadline is Friday September 29, 2023.

We are hiring! Seeking a Graduate Academic Assistant

July 2023: PWHS and the Centre for Gender and Sexual Health Equity (CGSHE) are seeking a graduate student to work on a mixed-methods study that will critically assess the effect of COVID-19 policies on violence, bullying and harassment in the food and beverage service sector in BC.

We are hiring! Seeking a Research Associate

June 2023: PWHS is seeking a Research Associate to lead a program of research on the evaluation of policies and programs designed to prevent work-related injury and illness and improve related disability and return-to-work outcomes. The Research Associate will have a sound understanding of the linkages between public policy and work-related health outcomes, and will use observational research study designs to evaluate policies and programs; conduct statistical analyses; author manuscripts, reports and briefs; present findings; and engage with decision-makers. Apply by July 23!

New paper: Do regional labor market conditions matter for temporary work disability duration?

May 2023: This paper uses claims data from five Canadian provincial workers’ compensation systems to estimate how much variance in work disability duration was due to differences between regions, what regional labour market characteristics were associated with work disability duration, and what characteristics best explained regional differences in work disability duration. The findings suggest that while regional labour market conditions matter for work disability duration, system-level differences in workers’ compensation and health care are more important factors.

New paper: Continuation of telework in the post-pandemic era

May 2023: This study investigated preference to continue teleworking post-pandemic and the determinants of this preference among healthcare employees who teleworked during the pandemic. An overwhelming majority (99%) preferred to continue teleworking to some degree and the majority (52%) preferred to telework for all work hours. Read more in Healthcare Management Forum.

Day of Mourning

April 28, 2023: Today, Canada is observing the National Day of Mourning to remember and honour those who have lost their lives or been injured due to workplace tragedies. Find a listing of Day of Mourning events and livestreams here.

We are hiring! Seeking a research lead

April 2023: PWHS is seeking a research lead to design and develop an occupational health and safety management system (OHSMS) approach, framework, and tool specific to preventing workplace injury and illness in small and micro construction firms. In collaboration with the principal investigator and project stakeholders, the research lead will conduct environmental scans, triangulate evidence, conduct key informant interviews and focus groups, facilitate expert advisory groups, analyze data, develop the OHSMS framework and tool, and write reports. Apply by May 7!

Syme Research Training Awards Applications Now Being Accepted

The Institute for Work & Health (IWH) is now accepting applications for its 12-month S. Leonard Syme Research Training Awards in Work and Health. The awards are for young researchers at the master’s or doctoral level intending to study work and health.

New paper: Do patterns of past asbestos use and production reflect current geographic variations of cancer risk?

February 2023: This paper describes geographic variation in incidence of mesothelioma across BC and Ontario regions from 1993-2016, in comparison to the prevalence of certain occupations, and point sources of historical asbestos production and use. Certain occupations such as construction trades workers were more likely to be overrepresented in regions with high mesothelioma rates. Read more in Cancer Causes and Control.

Mustard Postdoctoral Research Award in Work and Health

January 2023: The Institute for Work & Health is now accepting applications for its Mustard Postdoctoral Research Award in Work and Health. The application deadline is Friday March 24, 2023.

Presentations at Cascadia 2023

January 2023: PWHS postdoctoral fellow Sonja Senthanar and former PWHS PhD student Anita Minh, now a postdoctoral fellow at the University of Washington, will address precarious work in a plenary session; PhD student Xiaocong Guo will present a poster on heat-related illness and injury; and research associate Robert Macpherson will give a presentation on regional labour market conditions at the Annual Cascadia Symposium on Environmental, Occupational, and Population Health, January 5-6, 2023 in Blaine, WA.

We are hiring! Seeking a research associate

December 2022: PWHS is seeking a research associate to join our research team to lead work on evidence syntheses (including systematic reviews, meta-analyses, scoping reviews, and briefing notes) in the area of occupational epidemiology and work and health research to inform policies and practices, specifically around asbestos exposure and lung cancer.

New paper: Heat-related illness among workers in BC

December 2022: This paper describes the incidence of heat-related illness among workers in BC from 2001-2020. Rates were higher among male workers, younger workers, and among those working in occupations related to primary industry; trades, transport and equipment operators; and processing, manufacturing, and utilities. Read more in Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine.

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