IWH Resources for Students: Using IWH research at school

Institute for Work & Health (IWH) resources can help post-secondary students and instructors in occupational health and safety (OHS), disability management, return to work (RTW) and/or work injury rehabilitation incorporate evidence-based information into their research projects, essays, presentations, lessons and lectures.

IWH Journal Articles

This searchable database includes over 900 (and growing) abstracts—and, sometimes, access to full papers—of peer-reviewed journal articles, reports, books and book chapters authored or co-authored by IWH scientists and researchers, who are leading experts in the field of work injury and disability prevention: www.iwh.on.ca

What Researchers Mean By...

Taken from a popular column in IWH’s newsletter At Work, this series explains often-complex research terms in plain language. From “confounding variables” to “statistical significance,” the series explains over 30 terms that you may come upon when reading journal articles and other research material:

Research Alerts

These alerts offer one-stop access to the latest English-language research from IWH and beyond on work injury and disability prevention. The weekly Research Alerts include all recent research items identified by IWH librarians. The monthly Research Alerts categorize most of the weekly items into nine subject areas, including effective OHS practices, preventing musculoskeletal disorders, return-to-work practices, clinical treatments and more:

Fellowship Opportunities

IWH offers two fellowship opportunities for students who plan to continue in academia. The Leonard Syme Training Fellowship in Work and Health is designed for new researchers at the master’s or doctoral level intending to study work and health. The Mustard Fellowship is designed to support innovative multidisciplinary research among new investigators:


Research Highlights

These easy-to-read summaries communicate the findings of IWH studies that have been published in peer-reviewed journals. Each summary presents a plain-language overview of the highlights, context, methodology, findings and implications of the study in question:


The IWH YouTube channel provides visual access to workplace health, safety and disability prevention research, from short videos of IWH scientists talking about their findings to slidecasts of IWH plenaries in which experts from IWH and other research/academic institutions share their findings in detail:


IWH tweets almost daily about research findings and events related to workplace injury and disability prevention, with embedded links to learn more. This allows you to keep up on trending research from Ontario, Canada and internationally:


Important news about IWH research findings, events, publication releases and more are shared on our LinkedIn page:



IWH News

IWH News, our monthly e-alert, features short and easy-to-read items that keep you abreast of our newest research findings, publications, events, tools, scientist achievements and more, with web links that let you find out more:

At Work

At Work, IWH’s quarterly newsletter, includes engaging articles reporting on our latest research findings. It focuses on injury prevention, return to work, workers’ compensation policies and other information that affects workers and informs workplace decision-makers:

Issue Briefing

Using findings from IWH and elsewhere, Issue Briefing summarizes, in plain language, research on topics of interest to policy-makers in health, safety, disability and/or workers’ compensation. Where appropriate, the newsletter also explores the policy implications of the research:

Sharing Best Evidence

Each issue of Sharing Best Evidence provides a quick overview of what the research says on a specific OHS or RTW issue. Based on systematic reviews by IWH, each report summarizes the findings from better quality studies that help answer a particular question—and suggests how you can use these findings in the real world of work:

Annual Lecture

The annual Alf Nachemson Memorial Lecture, held in the fall, features a prominent national or international researcher whose research work has made a difference to OHS, RTW and/or workers’ compensation decision-making:


IWH hosts regular one-hour seminars in Toronto (typically on a Tuesday at 11:00 a.m.) at which IWH and other researchers discuss emerging findings in injury and disability prevention. If you’re unable to attend, you can watch and listen to the slidecast later:

Tools and Guides

For those who finish their schooling and find themselves on the front lines of work injury and disability prevention, whether in a workplace, union, government body or other organization, IWH offers numerous tools and guides that ensure policies and practices are evidence-based. These
include guides on:

  • reducing musculoskeletal disorders in the workplace;
  • identying and solving return-to-work problems;
  • calculating the costs and benefits of workplace OHS initiatives;
  • teaching newcomers about their OHS rights and responsibilities.

Over 15 tools and guides are available: