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Machine Safety : Hands-On Experimentation with Risk Estimation Parameters and Tools

Machine Safety : Hands-On Experimentation with Risk Estimation Parameters and Tools

From 1999 to 2003, 64,000 accidents and 100 deaths were determined to be attributable to hazardous machines in Québec industries. Although the tools and methods for estimating the risks associated with this equipment offer a first-line prevention strategy, an IRSST study, titled Experimental Analysis of Tools Used for Estimating Risk Associated with Industrial Machines revealed that they come in very different forms and that a number of their characteristics (e.g., parameters, architecture) can have a significant influence on the estimated level of risk.

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Mining Companies: Tools for the safe integration of new workers

Mining Companies: Tools for the safe integration of new workers

Did you know that during their first few months on the job, new workers are at much greater risk of sustaining a compensated time-loss injury than experienced workers? By virtue of its activities, the Québec mining industry faces its own particular challenges when it comes to the safe integration of new workers.

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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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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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