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Preliminary Portrait of Work and Occupational Health and Safety Among 15-Year-Olds, Taken from the Québec Longitudinal Study of Child Development (QLSCD)

  • August 15, 2017

The Institut de recherche Robert-Sauvé en santé et en sécurité du travail (IRSST) and the Institut de la statistique du Québec have published a report on youth who work during the school year. The results presented in these two publications (the report and an additional pamphlet) are based on analyses of data from the QLSCD gathered in 2013 when the youth were about 15 years old and most were in grade 9.

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Protecting against Falls from Heights: Updated Guide and New App

  • July 19, 2017

The Institut de recherche Robert-Sauvé en santé et en sécurité du travail (IRSST) has updated its technical guide Protecting against Falls from Heights – Horizontal Lifeline Design. In addition, an online application that incorporates the main parameters required for designing horizontal lifelines has been launched.

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An IRSST scholarship recipient earns distinction

  • July 05, 2017

The Institut de recherche Robert-Sauvé en santé et en sécurité du travail (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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Unforeseen Events at Work: OHS Risks or Learning Opportunities?

  • June 27, 2017

In a research activity aimed at broadening knowledge, the researchers focused on unforeseen events experienced during the apprenticeships of nine students aged 15 to 17 enrolled in training for a semiskilled trade. These events, which disrupted the trainees’ normal workflow, sometimes resulted in an incident, or risked causing an accident. The researchers wanted to document the strategies used by these nine apprentices when unforeseen events arise. Using video sequences filmed at the beginning and end of the students’ apprenticeships, the researchers were able to determine and classify unforeseen events, their causes, and the strategies used to overcome them. In total, 554 unforeseen events were observed, of which 19% involved occupational health and safety (SST) risks. More than half of the events with the potential to cause an accident were associated with the specific work contexts of three of the nine trainees: a woodworker, a stock handler in a household appliance/electronics store, and a butcher’s helper. All had tasks involving handling heavy loads. To deal with unforeseen events, the apprentices mainly used individual strategies, in that they tried to solve problems themselves, without asking for help from more experienced coworkers.

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Working Safely on Plastic Injection Moulding Machines

  • May 25, 2017

A study has just 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, referring to the standards and carrying out a series of on-site observations, 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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The IRSST, a World Health Organization collaborating centre

The IRSST, a World Health Organization collaborating centre

  • April 03, 2017

The president and CEO of the Institut de recherche Robert-Sauvé en santé et en sécurité du travail (IRSST), Marie Larue, is pleased to announce that 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

  • 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. The researchers began their study by assessing current knowledge about these values. They then visited 9 companies and studied 16 situations involving work on machines in order to understand how companies go about applying ROHS section 189.1.

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Are your fingers white and numb?

  • March 06, 2017

Hypothenar Hammer Syndrome (HHS) is an insidious disease that can be easily confused with other disorders, such as hand-arm vibration syndrome or Raynaud’s disease, which are also characterized by blanched fingers. To alert employers and workers, the Institut de recherche Robert-Sauvé en santé et en sécurité du travail has published an information pamphlet entitled Recognizing Hypothenar Hammer Syndrome.

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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, the researchers from the Institut de recherche Robert-Sauvé en santé et en sécurité du travail (IRSST) 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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How to Choose Slip-resistant Footwear

  • January 23, 2017

To support the members of occupational health and safety committees, purchasers and workers, the Institut de recherche Robert-Sauvé en santé et en sécurité du travail (IRSST) has published a pamphlet entitled How to Choose Slip-resistant Occupational Footwear.

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