2023 Research Projects and Reports

WorkplaceNL approved research funding for the following research projects; findings from the research will be posted when available:

  • Canadian Centre for Fisheries Innovation – Evaluate the use of personal flotation devices (PFDs) and personal locator beacons (PLBs) with Newfoundland and Labrador fish harvesters. This research, in part, supports a project organized by industry partners who are providing PLBs to fish harvesters throughout the province at a reduced cost by subsidizing the purchase price. Research funding will support assessing the rate of PFD and PLB use, as well as factors that may influence their use. Funding will also support determining the short- and long-term response and effectiveness of the ongoing PLB distribution project.
  • Memorial University of Newfoundland and Labrador – The effect of objectively measured sitting time during work and leisure on back function and perceived low back pain: a pilot study. Research funding will support a 17-month pilot study to evaluate sitting exposure through a typical workday and associated perceived back pain and laboratory-measured back function. The study aims to determine the feasibility of objectively measuring sitting exposures and spine posture for extended durations for people who primarily sit and perform deskwork for their occupation. Data from this pilot study will further be used to determine if activity and posture exposures effect back function and perceived back pain.