Does your employer have to much access to your medical information?

There have been a number of cases brought forward where injured workers’ compensation claim files contain medical information that not only pertains to their injury but also, in some cases, their complete medical file. When this was brought up with the WSIB, they stated that it occurs because the medical doctor is submitting it but the WSIB then redacts it. The issue was brought forward to the Fair Practices Commission but they will not investigate it at this time as they aren’t finding it to be a big issue. If you are having problems with this, please contact the Fair Practices Commission or you can contact the Ontario Network of Injured Workers Groups (ONIWG) at oniwgexec@gmail.com.

MSD Prevention Guideline for Ontario

Background on the MSD Prevention Guideline ,

No matter what you call them— pains and strains, low back pain, sore shoulders, carpal tunnel syndrome, MSI or MSD – preventing these types of injuries is high on the list of health and safety priorities for any workplace. The New MSD Prevention Guideline for Ontario has all the tools and resources you need to prevent them… in one place.

The MSD Prevention Guideline for Ontario is a free, web-based collection of up-to-date, easily accessible and usable tools and resources that were developed based on new applied research and best practices, and are specifically targeted to meet the needs of organizations of all shapes, sizes and industries. This Guideline is an evolution in MSD Prevention and is garnering recognition and attention from around the country and the world.

The Guideline continues to have new features and resources added, including most recently new videos and lay-person-friendly graphic resources, and soon to come, a Quick Start Guideline for Office Ergonomics.

Building on the foundation of the 2007 MSD Prevention Guideline for Ontario, the New Ontario MSD Prevention Guideline for Ontario, was developed by the Centre of Research Expertise for the Prevention of Musculoskeletal Disorders (CRE-MSD), and was launched in October 2018. CRE-MSD is planning a one-year follow up conference for October 2019 “Using Ontario’s New MSD Prevention Guideline to Empower Workplaces: A Year in Review”, which will include the opportunity for stakeholders to share experiences and successes with using the MSD Prevention Guideline resources, provide feedback and learn from and be inspired by one another.


Registration now open for the 13th Annual McMaster Pain Program – Wednesday, September 18th

Canadian Injured Workers Alliance board member, Lynn Cooper, BES Advisor: Pain, Education and Research, will be presenting on Pain in Injured Workers – Creating a Way Forward.


Deeming laws and practices as violations of the rights of people with work-acquired disabilities in Canada Submission to the 22nd Session of the UN Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities

Workers’ Compensation boards across Canada have adopted the practice of deeming. ONIWG is inviting persons who endorse this submission to send ONIWG a letter of endorsement to oniwgexec@gmail.com.

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Inspectors visited temp agencies supplying Fiera Foods and its affiliates, where 4 workers have died since 1999. Here’s what they found