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Protecting against Falls from Heights:  How to Design a Horizontal Lifeline System

Protecting against Falls from Heights: How to Design a Horizontal Lifeline System

  • July 19, 2017

Falls from heights are still a major cause of workplace accidents. Too often, workers don’t use lifelines because there is no anchor point available, or because they find that fixed anchor points limit their movements too much. This limitation can be overcome, however, with the use of a horizontal lifeline system.

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An IRSST scholarship recipient earns distinction

An IRSST scholarship recipient earns distinction

  • July 06, 2017

The IRSST is proud to announce that one of its scholarship recipients has been honoured with an Étudiants-chercheurs étoiles Award from the Fonds de recherche du Québec (FRQ). The awardee is Alexandra Lecours, a doctoral student in biomedical sciences at the Université du Québec à Trois-Rivières. 

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2016 Activity Report - Research Integrity in OHS

2016 Activity Report - Research Integrity in OHS

  • July 05, 2017

The Institute adopted its own Policy on Integrity in 2016. The research integrity is the background to the 2016 activity report. The realization of the IRSST's mission is based on its ability to respond with integrity, rigor and quality to the new realities of the world of work. The document gives a clear picture of the IRSST’s achievements over the past year.

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This Summer, Avoid Heat Stress at Work

This Summer, Avoid Heat Stress at Work

  • July 03, 2017

You work hard regardless of the temperature? This summer, avoid heat stress by learning these fast facts from IRSST.

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OHS Risks : Strategies Used by Adolescent Trainees in Semiskilled Trades during Unforeseen Events

OHS Risks : Strategies Used by Adolescent Trainees in Semiskilled Trades during Unforeseen Events

  • June 27, 2017

This new study published by the IRSST focuses on unforeseen events experienced by the students during their traineeships.

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Working Safely on Plastic Injection Moulding Machines

Working Safely on Plastic Injection Moulding Machines

  • May 25, 2017

A study has been published on the safety of workers operating or performing maintenance on plastic injection moulding machines that interact with peripherals such as robots, conveyors and granulators. By analysing accident reports, the researchers were able to determine the relevant risks and consider ways of reducing or eliminating them. Collecting this information helped the researchers arrive at a more concrete assessment of the reality faced by workers in the plastics processing industry who are exposed to hazardous situations that can sometimes be fatal.

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Development of a Confined Space Risk Analysis and Work Categorization Tool

Development of a Confined Space Risk Analysis and Work Categorization Tool

  • May 08, 2017

The Quebec Regulation respecting Occupational Health and Safety (ROHS) defines a confined space in section 1 as any area that is completely or partially enclosed and is not designed for human occupation, nor intended to be, but may occasionally be occupied for the performance of work.

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Green Jobs in Quebec: Definition and Assessment of Potential Chemical and Biological Risks to Workers’ Health

Green Jobs in Quebec: Definition and Assessment of Potential Chemical and Biological Risks to Workers’ Health

  • May 03, 2017

Although the term “green jobs” is fashionable and is in keeping with sustainable development, there is very little information available on the subject. The goal of a new study published by the IRSSTwas to produce a profile of green jobs in Quebec and assess the potential risks to workers’ health as a result of their exposure to chemicals and biological agents.

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The IRSST, a World Health Organization collaborating centre

The IRSST, a World Health Organization collaborating centre

  • April 03, 2017

The World Health Organization (WHO), via the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO), has again designated the IRSST’s Scientific Division as one of its collaborating centres. Renewable every four years, this status was granted to the Institute for the first time in March 2013. Since then, it has provided the WHO with strategic support in fulfilling its mandate and helped it ensure the scientific validity of global health work.  

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Working Safely in the Hazardous Zones of Industrial Machines

Working Safely in the Hazardous Zones of Industrial Machines

  • March 16, 2017

The findings of a scientific study suggest some safety guidelines for workers carrying out maintenance or repairs on industrial machines operating in reduced speed and force mode (i.e., reduced energy). Section 189.1 (previously 186) of the Quebec Regulation respecting occupational health and safety (ROHS) provides a regulatory framework designed to prevent situations in which moving parts can cause serious or even fatal occupational injuries. Nevertheless, the provision does not indicate any specific speed, force, contact pressure or energy values to be met.

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