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Asthma in the Workplace – 6 Fact Sheets

Asthma in the Workplace – 6 Fact Sheets

  • November 16, 2016
Asthma is a chronic respiratory disease caused by inflammation and constriction in the bronchial passage that makes breathing—especially exhaling—difficult. Usually, asthma is the result of allergic reactions to certain substances in your environment, such as pollen, dust, mites, chem...

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An alliance between the IRSST and the Palais des congrès de Montréal

An alliance between the IRSST and the Palais des congrès de Montréal

  • November 07, 2016

The Palais des congrès de Montréal and the IRSST have decided to coordinate their actions and resources in order to help promote occupational health and safety (OHS) research by attracting major national and international conventions to Montréal, and hosting them at the Palais. This new partnership is in keeping with the Palais des congrès de Montréal’s ongoing drive to build strategic alliances, and it will help boost tourism revenues and intellectual wealth for the city and Québec.

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How to Reduce Mechanical Hazards : 4 Helpful Tools

How to Reduce Mechanical Hazards : 4 Helpful Tools

  • October 17, 2016

Every year, many workers are victims of work-related accidents because they are exposed to numerous hazards posed by the machines they operate and their work environment.

At the IRSST the researchers in Mechanical and physical risk prevention field focus specifically on the assessment and reduction of physical and mechanical risks that could jeopardize worker health and safety, taking into account workers’ interaction with the machines around them and their work environment.

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What is a Safe Blow Gun? How to Select one?

What is a Safe Blow Gun? How to Select one?

  • September 27, 2016

Two videos―What is a safe blow gun? and What are the criteria for selecting a blow gun?―are available to help users choose one of these often-noisy tools used to deliver jets of compressed air.

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Work Gloves: New Models in the Selection Guide

Work Gloves: New Models in the Selection Guide

  • August 15, 2016
16 new models had been added to the Protective Gloves Selection Guide, the interactive tool which provides necessary information for helping individuals and OH&S managers identify protective gloves that correspond to their needs.

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Studies, Work, Health and Safety

Studies, Work, Health and Safety

  • August 09, 2016

According to the Institut de la statistique du Québec, there has been an increase in the labour force participation of young students 15 to 19 years of age. The IRSST became a partner of the Quebec Longitudinal Study of Child Development (QLSCD)  with the aim of incorporating a new series of questions on employment and occupational health and safety into the study’s 2013 phase.

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Dos and Don’ts of Machinery Safety for Workers

Dos and Don’ts of Machinery Safety for Workers

  • August 01, 2016

Machines help improve production efficiency, but their moving parts, sharp edges, hot surfaces can also cause serious workplace injuries. Based on the 2005–2007 five-year indicators, accidents related to fixed machinery represent 5.3% (4,923) of all accidents involving time-loss injuries annually.

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Activity Report : Commited to Prevention Since 1980

Activity Report : Commited to Prevention Since 1980

  • July 06, 2016
Under the theme Committed to prevention since 1980 the Activity Report 2015 illustrates our contribution to the efforts made by Québec society to prevent industrial accidents and occupational diseases and promote the rehabilitation of affected workers. The document also pays homage to individuals wh...

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Ultrafine Particles : Efficacy of N95 Respirators in Conditions Representative of Human Breathing

Ultrafine Particles : Efficacy of N95 Respirators in Conditions Representative of Human Breathing

  • June 29, 2016

Researchers have tested the efficacy of N95 filtering face piece respirators in conditions of constant and cyclical air flow, simulating human breathing, from 42 to 360 L/min. N95 respirators are the personal safety equipment most commonly used by industrial and health-care workers to protect themselves against exposure to ultrafine particles (UFPs).

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Implementing Job Rotation in an Aircraft Assembler Population

Implementing Job Rotation in an Aircraft Assembler Population

  • June 20, 2016

A large company in the aerospace industry which wanted to develop versatility among its assemblers by introducing job rotation asked the IRSST to identify the conditions required to implement job rotation with a view to preventing the musculoskeletal disorders (MSDs) that affect this worker population.

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