January 2024: This paper uses residential and employer location from workers’ compensation data to identify non-mobile workers (working and living in the same region of BC), intra-provincially mobile workers (working and living in different regions of BC) and inter-provincially mobile workers (working in BC and living outside BC) to estimate differences in work disability duration. The findings suggest that work disability duration was longest for inter-provincially mobile workers, even after matching workers on similar characteristics. Differences were attenuated in some industries (e.g., natural resources and mining), possibly due to more familiarity with mobile workers, and/or greater ability to accommodate workers. Read more in the Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine.
January 2024: PWHS PhD student Xiaocong Guo will present on heat-related illness and injury in BC in 2021 compared to 2001-2020; Research Associate Robert Macpherson will present on work injury among fisheries, aquaculture, maritime and land transportation workers, and Director of Privacy and Operations Suhail Marino will present posters evaluating OHS management systems at the Annual Cascadia Symposium on Environmental, Occupational, and Population Health, January 11-12, 2024 in Blaine, WA.
Registration, lodging and call for abstracts for Cascadia 2024: Occupational, Environmental & Population Health Conference
November 2024: The call for abstracts is open for podium presentations, ignite talks, and posters. Abstracts that relate to any occupational, environmental, or population health topics are welcome. Registration and hotel booking are now live.
November 2023: Our team is really looking forward to the upcoming ACSA Conference Nov 22-23! Chris McLeod will be speaking on a panel on improving psychological health and safety at work, and our team will host a breakout session on OHS strategies and solutions for small and micro construction firms.
October 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 Spanish, Filipino, Punjabi, Farsi, Vietnamese, Chinese, and English. Share your story!
September 2023: The Policy and Practice in Return to Work after Work Injury (PPRTW) Research Group is presenting a conference in person at the University of Ottawa June 9 to 11, 2024. The conference will also include a tribute to the late professor Katherine Lippel, an international leader in labour and health policy, and founder of the research group holding the conference. Researchers, students, injured or ill workers, community members, advocates and policy-makers are invited to submit presentation proposals.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.