Research

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Ontario Leading Indicators Project (OLIP)

Ontario Leading Indicators Project (OLIP)

The Ontario Leading Indicator Project is an ongoing research collaboration between WSPS, the Ontario health and safety associations (HSA's) and Institute for Work and Health (IWH). This project is the 1st of its kind to evaluate and propose a set of indicators that may predict future occupational health and safety performance. Over 1,200 WSPS firms have participated in this project, helping to develop and benchmark leading indicators for the prevention of workplace injuries and illnesses. Learn more by visiting the WSPS & the Ontario Leading Indicators Project or the IWH Ontario Leading Indicators Project (OLIP).

May 28, 2015
Organization Performance Metric (OPM)

Organization Performance Metric (OPM)

Over the last 5 years, WSPS partnered with the Institute for Work and Health, and the Ontario prevention system to develop an 8-item assessment tool that can be used to evaluate occupational health and safety performance. The tool has since been validate to acutely predict performance in companies that participated in the project. It has also been adopted by New Brunswick as the provincial OHS performance metric. Learn more by reading the WSPS Network News article Assess your OHS performance in just 5 minutes or visit the IWH Organizational Performance Metric (IWH-OPM) project page.

May 28, 2015
Off the floor! An approach for small businesses to use mobile technology to identify lifting hazards and control low back pain

Off the floor! An approach for small businesses to use mobile technology to identify lifting hazards and control low back pain

A collaboration project between WSPS, Centre for Research Expertise in Musculoskeletal Disorders (CREMSD), and the Ontario prevention system. Through the use of task-specific videos the research group is currently assessing how stakeholders are perceiving the risk of lifting various objects off the floor. Project goal is to develop a valid mobile application that can target small business owners, and fosters awareness towards the risk of lifting objects off the floor, which is considered to one of the leading hazards associated low back pain. Work is in progress. To learn more, contact WSPS.

May 27, 2015
Occupational Skin Disease (OSD) Awareness: Prevention Posters and Web-Application

Occupational Skin Disease (OSD) Awareness: Prevention Posters and Web-Application

WSPS in partnership with the Centre for Research Expertise in Occupational Disease (CREOD) has launched a new online tool that allows workers and employers to customize a series of seven Occupational Skin Disease (Dermatitis) awareness poster templates and then download the posters directly from the website. This resource is available at no additional cost.

To learn more please visit the WSPS Interactive Poster Application.

May 26, 2015
Courageous Voices, Create Safe Roads: Motor Vehicle Safety Posters

Courageous Voices, Create Safe Roads: Motor Vehicle Safety Posters

Motor vehicle safety continues to be a top priority for Ontario workplaces. In 2013, motor vehicle incidents were the cause of 35% of workplace fatalities, and remain the leading cause of traumatic fatalities since 2004.

May 25, 2015
Going beyond words to increase prevention awareness

Going beyond words to increase prevention awareness

The research group was interested in evaluating the use of drawings to convey health and safety messages among immigrant workers. Centre for Research Expertise in Occupational Disease (CREOD) and the Bramalea Community Health Centre (BCHC), with the support of Workplace Safety and Prevention Services, developed illustrations to depict key components of the Ministry of Labour mandatory awareness poster. By conducting several interviews and a focus group the group learned about the multiple barriers to occupational health and safety faced new workers and potential avenues for improvement.

May 22, 2015
What leads to a ‘Breakthrough’ that facilitates a systemic change in Occupational Health & Safety (OHS)

What leads to a ‘Breakthrough’ that facilitates a systemic change in Occupational Health & Safety (OHS)

With support from WSPS, the Institute for Work and Health published results from a project focusing on assessing critical factors the lead to a 'Breakthrough Change' in OHS performance. Available are 3 case studies from different industries that tell the story of how these Ontario organizations achieved firm-level, sustained improvement in health and safety performance. Read more on the Institute for Work & Health website.

May 21, 2015
Action plan to grow awareness for Work Related Asthma (WRA)

Action plan to grow awareness for Work Related Asthma (WRA)

WSPS in collaboration with the Ontario Lung Association, and prevention system partners have developed a suite of resources aiming to raise awareness towards Work-Related Asthma and its impact in the workplace. To learn more, read the WSPS News publication May is Asthma Awareness Month: protect your workers discussing project efforts and the complimentary WRA resources, or visit the Ontario Lung Association.

May 20, 2015