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Research on Prevention against Occupational Cancer

Research on Prevention against Occupational Cancer

Carcinogenesis is a complex, multifactorial process that begins many years before clinical symptoms of cancer appear. Cancer is considered to be occupational in origin when it results from workplace exposure to a chemical, physical or biological agent, or from conditions inherent in a work activity. The disease would probably not have developed if the person had not done that job.

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Pesticides and Personal Protective Equipment for Apple Growers

Pesticides and Personal Protective Equipment for Apple Growers

There are close to 29,000 farms in Québec that are employing some 125,000 workers. Pesticides are used on these farms to control crop pests, but they can have short-term as well as long-term health effects on farm workers exposed to them, mainly through the skin. Pesticide use is controlled and several risk prevention measures are recommended. Personal protective equipment plays a key role in reducing the risks of exposure.

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Emergency medical technician-paramedics: Understanding and preventing risks

Emergency medical technician-paramedics: Understanding and preventing risks

Emergency medical technician-paramedics provide first aid and save lives. They face diseases daily in ever-changing contexts. They are caregivers, psychosocial workers and handlers.

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For a Better Protection Against Falls from Heights

For a Better Protection Against Falls from Heights

At the request of the sector-based OHS association ASP-Construction, the IRSST conducted a study with the aim of evaluating the HLLS to make it more efficient, user-friendly and reliable by improving the installation method and making it lighter. The researchers also aimed to confirm the strength of braced roof trusses as a host structure for a worker’s lanyard, the HLLS and anchoring connectors certified to standard CAN/CSA Z259.15 – Anchorage Connectors.

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How to Evaluate Return-to-work Obstacles and Self Efficacy Scale?

How to Evaluate Return-to-work Obstacles and Self Efficacy Scale?

Prolonged absences from work, especially those related to common mental disorders and musculoskeletal disorders, impose considerable economic and human costs. Because of this, better understanding of the factors that hinder the return to work of those affected by these two disorders is essential. According to the literature, it is well established that return to work is the result of a complex interaction between the individual and actors from various systems, such as the workplace and the healthcare and compensation systems.

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 IRSST to Host Meeting of CSA Z259 Technical Committee on Fall Protection

IRSST to Host Meeting of CSA Z259 Technical Committee on Fall Protection

From October 17 to 19, the IRSST will be hosting a meeting of the CSA Z259 technical committee on fall protection. The committee takes a leadership role in fall protection to promote the occupational health and safety of people working at heights. Some forty delegates from various countries develop, draft and maintain product standards, as well as testing standards for these products for the purpose of their certification or registration. Researcher André Lan has represented the IRSST on the Canadian Standards Association’s CSA Z259 technical committee since 2005, while researcher Bertrand Galy joined the committee in 2014. 

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Submit your application and you could win $10,000!

Submit your application and you could win $10,000!

Launched as part of a new partnership between the IRSST and the Palais des congrès de Montréal, the IRSST/Ambassadors’ Club Joint Award will be given to an applicant who, through his or her active involvement in a scientific committee or as an organizer of a national or international conference, has demonstrated his or her intention to attract a major scientific event in the occupational health and safety field to our city. A maximum amount of $7,500 may be added to the award to refund the costs of two trips related to the organization of the national or international conference identified.

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How to facilitate the adoption of organizational interventions to prevent mental health problems in the workplace?

How to facilitate the adoption of organizational interventions to prevent mental health problems in the workplace?

Psychosocial constraints, such as high psychological demands, low decision latitude, weak social support, and an effort-reward imbalance at work, contribute to the development of mental health problems, musculoskeletal disorders, and cardiovascular disease. These health problems are among the main c...

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Return-to-Work Coordination Practices of Large Organizations

Return-to-Work Coordination Practices of Large Organizations

Every year, a large number of workers find themselves having to go on sick leave due to physical or mental health problems. Some of these workers will have difficulty reintegrating into work and will end up taking long-term leave. These difficulties are referred to as “work disabilities.” A new report published by the IRSST describes the practices of the individuals responsible for return to work (RTW) coordination in large private and public organizations in Québec.

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Work and OHS among 15-Year-Olds in Québec

Work and OHS among 15-Year-Olds in Québec

A study published by the IRSST and the Institut de la statistique du Québec (ISQ) is presenting data on youth employment during the school year. Students aged 15 to 19 are increasingly entering the labour market in Québec. To prevent workplace injuries, it is important to gather evidence on the c...

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