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Impact of Summer Temperatures on Workers’ Health and Safety

Impact of Summer Temperatures on Workers’ Health and Safety

  • February 20, 2017

Given that summer temperatures in Quebec are expected to increase in coming years, it is essential to implement preventive measures specifically targeting those workers most likely to suffer from heat effects and to continue research to advance our knowledge in this field, in particular by using better heat stress indices.

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February 4 : World Cancer Day

February 4 : World Cancer Day

  • February 03, 2017

Each year on 4 February, World Health Organization and International Agency for Research on Cancer supports Union for International Cancer Control to promote ways to ease the global burden of cancer.

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Immigrant Workers and OHS

Immigrant Workers and OHS

  • January 31, 2017

Every year, immigrant workers enter Québec’s labour force, thus changing the demographic and ethnocultural composition of workplaces. In order to better understand the employment characteristics of immigrants that could have implications for preventing occupational injuries, researchers analyzed quantitative studies that documented the distinctive features of work performed by immigrants and the risks to their health and safety. The authors also analyzed the content of population surveys that could provide information on the risks to the OHS of immigrant workers.

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Evaluation, Treatment and Return to Work of Workers Suffering from Rotator Cuff Disorders

Evaluation, Treatment and Return to Work of Workers Suffering from Rotator Cuff Disorders

  • January 25, 2017

Musculoskeletal impairments of the shoulder affect the shoulder’s functional status and the quality of life of the individuals involved, and in the case of workers, sometimes leads to problems of absenteeism or losses of productivity. Workers who perform tasks with their arms above shoulder height or repetitive tasks are at higher risk of developing shoulder impairment, especially an impairment of the rotator cuff. The IRSST carried out an extensive literature review regarding several aspects of rotator cuff impairments.

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How to Choose Slip-Resistant Occupational Footwear

How to Choose Slip-Resistant Occupational Footwear

  • January 23, 2017

How to choose work boots and shoes that have a good slip resistance? A new IRSST pamphlet is addressing this issue by proposing a process of selecting footwear that responds to the requirements of work and reduces the risk of slipping.

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A Policy on Integrity

A Policy on Integrity

  • January 20, 2017

The IRSST recently adopted a Policy on integrity to emphasize the importance of this value to the Institute. This policy fits in with a current Canadian and international trend toward providing a clearer framework for the integrity of research practices. Much of the Institute’s Policy is based on the Policy for the Responsible Conduct of Research, adopted by the Fonds de recherche du Québec (FRQ).

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IRSST microbiologist appointed Vice Chair of AIHA proficiency testing board

IRSST microbiologist appointed Vice Chair of AIHA proficiency testing board

  • January 18, 2017

The Institut de recherche Robert-Sauvé en santé et en sécurité du travail (IRSST) applauds the appointment of one of its microbiologists, Nicole Brassard, as vice chair of the Proficiency Analytical Testing Programs Board (PAT Board) of the American Industrial Hygiene Association (AIHA). Board members voted unanimously on the appointment.

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Nanoparticles – to handle with care

Nanoparticles – to handle with care

  • January 16, 2017

Inhaled or in touch with the skin, nanoparticles may pose a health hazard to workers. Although research on the topic is still in development, it seems that nanoparticles can enter the respiratory tract or penetrate through the skin and make their way to the bloodstream that may carry the nanoparticles to various organs.

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Now Available: Ergonomic Intervention – an eBook at your fingertips!

Now Available: Ergonomic Intervention – an eBook at your fingertips!

  • January 12, 2017

This eBook is intended primarily for ergonomists in training, but we believe it will also be of benefit to all ergonomists, whether novice or experienced. It was designed as a practical guide for use in academic ergonomics courses, and it absolutely cannot replace the formal training essential to anyone who wishes to work in the field as an ergonomist.

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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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