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The first IRSST/Ambassadors’ Club of the Palais des congrès de Montréal Joint Award

  • November 09, 2018

The IRSST/Ambassadors’ Club Joint Award was handed out at the 2018 Recognition Award Gala, a marquee event organized by the Palais des congrès de Montréal. Given this year for the first time, this award went to two researchers: Dr. Jérémie Voix, a professor and researcher at the École de technologie supérieure (ÉTS), and Dr. Franck Sgard, a researcher at the Institut de recherche Robert-Sauvé en santé et sécurité du travail (IRSST) and associate professor at the ÉTS and the Université de Sherbrooke. It is thanks to their combined initiatives that the 26th International Congress on Sound and Vibration (ICSV26) will be held in Montreal in 2019.

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Occupational Hearing Loss and Presbycusis

  • November 01, 2018

The Institut de recherche Robert-Sauvé en santé et en sécurité du travail (IRSST) recently published a review of the literature on the links between occupational hearing loss and presbycusis (hearing loss due to aging). The objective of this study was to (1) determine whether exposure to noise can accelerate the process of presbycusis; (2) establish whether the use of correction factors can enable occupational hearing loss and presbycusis to be differentiated; (3) assess the progression of hearing loss after the worker is no longer exposed to workplace noise. To that end, the researchers analysed the content of some 30 scientific studies published since 2000.

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New Members of the Research Ethics Committee

  • June 26, 2018

At its recent regular meeting, the board of directors of the Institut de recherche Robert-Sauvé en santé et en sécurité du travail (IRSST) appointed some new members to the research ethics committee (REC) for three-year terms.

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Making the Best Use of Backup Alarms

  • June 18, 2018

A new video by the Institut de recherche Robert-Sauvé en santé et en sécurité du travail (IRSST) highlights what factors to take into account to ensure safe use of backup alarms under realistic working conditions. The video is intended for safety officers and users at all companies that have this kind of safety device on their vehicles.

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Delegation from the University of Occupational and Environmental Health Japan to Visit

  • June 07, 2018

From May 25 to June 11, the IRSST is hosting a delegation from the University of Occupational and Environmental Health Japan (UOEH). The visit is part of a joint initiative of the IRSST and the Université de Montréal’s School of Public Health (ESPUM) aimed at sharing and raising awareness of Quebec occupational health and safety (OHS) training and research practices.

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Renewal of Marie Larue’s contract

  • June 01, 2018

The chair of the Board of Directors of the Institut de recherche Robert-Sauvé en santé et en sécurité du travail (IRSST), Manuelle Oudar, is pleased to announce that Marie Larue’s contract as president and CEO has been renewed.

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CLOSE – A new online tool for managing confined space risks

  • April 03, 2018

The IRSST has just made available a free online tool for analysing and managing the risks associated with work in confined spaces. The tool, called CLOSE, is intended for use by people already qualified for confined space risk management, including prevention officers, supervisors, clients, principal contractors, designer-integrators and rescuers.

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The IRSST mourns the loss of one of its pioneers

  • January 24, 2018

It is with great sadness that the Executive Office and staff of the Institut de recherche Robert-Sauvé en santé et en sécurité du travail (IRSST) learned of the passing of Louis Berlinguet this past Sunday at the age of 91.

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Emergency medical technician-paramedic: Understanding and preventing OHS risks

  • December 18, 2017

The Institut de recherche Robert-Sauvé en santé et en sécurité du travail (IRSST) has published a study that presents a picture of the profession of emergency medical technician-paramedic (EMT‑P), its risks and its difficulties. To do this, researchers observed 101 EMT-Ps, including 23 women, in the Montreal and Quebec City areas during 175 shifts and paid particular attention to individual factors such as sex, seniority and obesity.

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

  • October 17, 2017

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.

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