Research

Utilizing evidence based practice to build innovative solutions for workplace health and safety.

WSPS supports a number of research projects across Ontario that benefit the development of resources and consulting services. This allows us to explore evidence based knowledge, develop best practices and to stay on top of emerging trends in Occupational Health and Safety. By integrating research into our training and consulting solutions we ensure that the value of our deliverables is continuously enhanced.

This section offers a growing list of free research articles.
Improve your JHSC's Effectiveness with a Simple Self - Assessment!

Improve your JHSC's Effectiveness with a Simple Self - Assessment!

The Centre for Research Excellence in Occupational Disease (CREOD) has been gathering evidence to get a better understanding of the role, structure, resources and functioning of Joint Health and Safety Committees (JHSCs). Available is the self-assessment tool for JHSCs to generate feedback on committee processes and be a mechanism for enhancing communication and consensus with regards to its performance.

Jul 14, 2017
OHS Vulnerability Measure

OHS Vulnerability Measure

With support from WSPS, the Institute for Work and Health (IWH) has developed the OHS Vulnerability Measure. This tool measures the extent to which workers may be vulnerable to occupational health and safety risks at work.

Jul 14, 2017
Health and Safety Smart Planner Software

Health and Safety Smart Planner Software

The Institute for Work & Health (IWH) introduced the Health & Safety Smart Planner – a new, user-friendly tool that is designed to help workplaces understand the full benefits and costs of occupational health and safety programs and interventions.

Jul 14, 2017
Hand-Arm Vibration Syndrome (HAVS) Awareness Posters

Hand-Arm Vibration Syndrome (HAVS) Awareness Posters

WSPS with the Centre for Research Expertise in Occupational Disease (CREOD) has launched 6 new HAVS awareness posters. These can be downloaded directly from our website and helped used as an aid to raise worker awareness. This resource is available at no additional cost.

Jul 14, 2017
Ontario Leading Indicators Project (OLIP)

Ontario Leading Indicators Project (OLIP)

The Ontario Leading Indicator Project was conducted from 2011-2014 between WSPS, the Ontario health and safety associations (HSA's) and Institute for Work and Health (IWH). This project aimed to identify organizational and management measures that can be used as indicators to predict future 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! Assessing people's ability to recognize lifting risk factors for low back pain and the impact of a simple educational message

Off the floor! Assessing people's ability to recognize lifting risk factors for low back pain and the impact of a simple educational message

A collaboration project between WSPS, Centre for Research Expertise in Musculoskeletal Disorders (CREMSD), and the Ontario prevention systems. 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. The first stage of this project is complete and a poster with a simple message to help prevent lower back injuries will be available here soon.

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
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