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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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Vibrations and OHS : A Low-Cost System for Measuring Hand-Handle Coupling Forces

Vibrations and OHS : A Low-Cost System for Measuring Hand-Handle Coupling Forces

  • June 07, 2016

The use of vibrating tools can pose several health risks. The worker may experience pain, feeling cold, tingling, white-finger syndrome, loss of tactile sensitivity and grip strength. Symptoms appear gradually, depending on the exposure. We are talking about the hand-arm vibration syndrome. The vibrations might affect the blood flow (Raynaud's syndrome) and the nervous system, and can also cause or enhance various musculoskeletal disorders. To counter these effects, we must be able to measure it.

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National Physiotherapy Month : Preventing Work-Related Musculoskeletal Disorders

National Physiotherapy Month : Preventing Work-Related Musculoskeletal Disorders

  • May 18, 2016

Canada has over 20,000 registered physiotherapists, as per Canadian Physiotherapy Association.

“National Physiotherapy Month is a time to celebrate the profession and recognize the expertise and care that physiotherapists offer to promote good health, prevent injuries and improve fitness and wellness of Canadians by addressing a range of issues.”

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Mental Health at Work : The Harmful Effects of Occupational Stress

Mental Health at Work : The Harmful Effects of Occupational Stress

  • May 16, 2016

Despite an impressive volume of experimental data showing the harmful effects of occupational stress on the health of both people and organizations, little is yet known about intervention processes in this area.

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