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IRSST microbiologist appointed Vice Chair of AIHA proficiency testing board

IRSST microbiologist appointed Vice Chair of AIHA proficiency testing board

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

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!

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

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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An alliance between the IRSST and the Palais des congrès de Montréal

An alliance between the IRSST and the Palais des congrès de Montréal

The Palais des congrès de Montréal and the IRSST have decided to coordinate their actions and resources in order to help promote occupational health and safety (OHS) research by attracting major national and international conventions to Montréal, and hosting them at the Palais. This new partnership is in keeping with the Palais des congrès de Montréal’s ongoing drive to build strategic alliances, and it will help boost tourism revenues and intellectual wealth for the city and Québec.

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How to Reduce Mechanical Hazards : 4 Helpful Tools

How to Reduce Mechanical Hazards : 4 Helpful Tools

Every year, many workers are victims of work-related accidents because they are exposed to numerous hazards posed by the machines they operate and their work environment.

At the IRSST the researchers in Mechanical and physical risk prevention field focus specifically on the assessment and reduction of physical and mechanical risks that could jeopardize worker health and safety, taking into account workers’ interaction with the machines around them and their work environment.

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What is a Safe Blow Gun? How to Select one?

What is a Safe Blow Gun? How to Select one?

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

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

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

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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