National Research Partners
CRE-MSD has begun to create partnerships with researchers outside Ontario with the goal of creating a network of Canadian occupational health and safety research centres. We presently have relationships with researchers in the other OHS research centres in Ontario (the Institute for Work & Health (IWH), the Centre of Research Expertise for the Prevention of Occupational Disease (CREOD), the Centre of Research Expertise for Improved Disability Outcomes (CREIDO), and the Centre for Research in Occupational Safety and Health (CROSH) at Sudbury's Laurentian University).

We are partnering with researchers in Quebec, Newfoundland, Washington State and British Columbia on a CIHR five-year strategic team grant. This grant application includes 14 researchers from three provinces, and seven major stakeholder partners, including three from Ontario (Hydro One, Steelworkers Union, and the Industrial Accident Prevention Association). The proposal is to create a model of workplace intervention to reduce the risk of workplace-based musculoskeletal disorders (MSDs), and pilot the model in workplaces in each province. The proposal includes a number of Centre researchers: Richard Wells, Ben Amick, Phil Bigelow, Desre Kramer, Patrick Neumann, Ivan Steenstra, and Emile Tompa.

We have established an informal collaborative partnership with SafetyNet, an Occupational Health & Safety research institute in Newfoundland, and with researchers from St. Mary’s University in Nova Scotia, and the University of Lethbridge in Alberta. We are exploring commonalities and opportunities for mutual research projects including a number of knowledge-transfer products that may be applicable for small businesses in both provinces.