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Research project

Prevention of mechanical hazards and physical

Development of software (utility) for the means for truck retention on transfer platforms

Laurent Giraud, Marina Koutchouk / IRSST
Philippe-Antoine Dubé / École Polytechnique
Daniel Drolet, Laurent Gratton / IRSST



0099-6110 : Completed

Following the report "Development of a tool for evaluating truck restraining measures on loading docks" (R-381), a simple and user-friendly software program for evaluating measures for restraining trucks on loading docks was developed. This Doc-Quais computer-based tool first evaluates the initial safety level of your company’s loading docks for the three main risks (unscheduled departure, slippage, tipping), and then evaluates the effectiveness of different measures (physical or procedural) for restraining trucks on docks. The software generates a report and a follow-up plan that allows you to store the information and to follow up on the proposed modifications in order to improve the safety of your docks.

Doc-Quais is accompanied by a user guide to make it easier to use, as well as a questionnaire. A simplified and written version of the software is available in the form of a technical fact sheet.

The user guide explains the functionalities of the software and gives an example of its use.

The questionnaire allows you to prepare your answers for using Doc-Quais. Once the questionnaire has been completed, the results can be transferred to the software so that it can automatically analyze the responses and calculate the initial safety level for your docks for the three main risks. The software then interactively calculates an adapted evaluation of the effectiveness of the different possible restraining measures for your loading docks.
The technical fact sheet for improving the safety of your loading docks proposes 30 simple questions, whose answers identify the characteristics of your loading docks, explains the three main risks associated with the docks, and then suggests the most effective restraining measures based on the three risks associated with the docks.



IRSST publications


Giraud, Laurent; Koutchouk, Marina; Gratton, Laurent
Safety on Loading Docks - Technical Fact Sheet (Print version not available)
Studies and Research Projects / Technical Data Sheet  RF-530, Montréal, IRSST, 2007, 8 pages. Free download   More Info


Giraud, Laurent; Koutchouk, Marina; Gratton, Laurent
DOC-QUAIS - User's Guide (Print version not available)
Studies and Research Projects / Technical Guide  RG-530, Montréal, IRSST, 2007, 11 pages. Free download   More Info


Giraud, Laurent; Koutchouk, Marina; Gratton, Laurent
Guide de l'utilisateur - DOC-QUAIS   (DOCK-QUAIS - User's guide)
Études et recherches / Guide technique  RG-502, Montréal, IRSST, 2007, 10 pages. Free download   More Info


Giraud, Laurent; Koutchouk, Marina; Gratton, Laurent
La sécurité au quai de transbordement - Questionnaire   (Safety at the transshipment dock - Questionnaire)
Études et recherches / Rapport  R-502, Montréal, IRSST, 2007, 9 pages. Free download   More Info


Giraud, Laurent; Koutchouk, Marina; Gratton, Laurent
La sécurité au quai de transbordement - Fiche technique   (Safety on loading docks - Technical fact sheet)
Études et recherches / Fiche technique  RF-502, Montréal, IRSST, 2007, 8 pages. Free download   More Info


Gratton, Laurent; Koutchouk, Marina; Gratton, Laurent
Safety on Loading Docks - Questionnaire
Studies and Research Projects / Report  R-530, Montréal, IRSST, 2007, 9 pages. Free download   More Info


Guides and computer-based tools


• Doc-quais   (Downloadable)   >> Read

Scientific publications and communications


Drolet D. ,  Giraud L. ,  Dubé P.-A.,  Koutchouk M. ,  Gratton L. ,  Gauthier F. 
A computer tool for the safety assessment on loading docks
in American Industrial Hygiene Conference and Exhibition : Vision - Value - Impact / AIHCE (May 31 - June 5, 2008 : Minneapolis, U.S.A.), 2008.

Giraud L. ,  Koutchouk M. ,  Dubé P.-A.,  Drolet D.  
De la recherche à son appropriation - Le cas de la sécurité aux quais de transbordement
in Recherche en santé et sécurité du travail en action : méthodes, résultats et applications : Congrès en santé et sécurité du travail / ACRST-RRSSTQ, (15-17 juin, 2008 : Montréal, Canada), Desmarais, L. (éd.), CD-ROM, 2008, (http://www.etsmtl.ca/zone2/recherche/rrsstq/Colloque2008/symposiums/6/giraud.doc).

Giraud L.  
Safety assessment tool for loading docks
in Are you ready for the future : Health & Safety Canada 2008 - IAPA Conference & Trade Show (April 21-23, 2008 : Toronto, Canada), 2007.

Giraud L.  
Un outil d’évaluation de la sécurité aux quais de chargement
in Colloque "La conduite sécuritaire de chariots élévateurs", (20, 27 mai et 3 juin, 2008 : Laval : Drummondville : Québec, Canada), 2008.

Prévention au travail articles

Accidents at Loading Docks  -  Tools for Identifying and Controlling rRsks  -  Volume 21, no 1, p. 24-25. 



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