Occupational health research is not worth very much if it never gets implemented. Â Usually there is a ‘research to practice gap’ between academics discovering something new and when it actually get implemented as policy and improved workplace practice. Â It can be tough to get an audience with industry decision makers, since they are busy with conducting their business.
So, I was happy when the Saskatchewan Pork council called and asked me to speak at their annual conference. Â Lots of managers, supervisors, and some front line workers will be there, and the company I worked with over the summer has given their permission for me to present the results (including naming them as a collaborator). Â I thought this would be a short talk in a break out section, but the Sask Pork Symposium is serious business. Â Their conference materials look really professional, and they asked me to do a 60-minute talk and submit a 10-page proceedings paper. Â Not even the International Ergonomics Association has 10-page proceedings! Â This all takes a bit of time, but hopefully they will find it useful and it may open the door to futureÂ collaborationÂ – I am hoping to convince folks to participate in a standardized injury record data collection that they can use to track their safety performance (and I can use for province-wide surveillance research!)