IRSST - Institut de recherche Robert-Sauvé en santé et en sécurité du travail

Entries for 2014

News Releases

Promoting safe use of biological degreasing stations

Promoting safe use of biological degreasing stations

  • December 08, 2014

The Institut de recherche Robert-Sauvé en santé et en sécurité du travail (IRSST) recently published a fact sheet aimed at preventing work-related injuries caused by the use of biological degreasing stations. These degreasing stations are used for manually removing grease from metal parts, among other things, in motor vehicle garages and mechanical maintenance shops.

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Choosing the appropriate safety belt for a lift truck

Choosing the appropriate safety belt for a lift truck

  • October 21, 2014

Developed with the input of a working group representing various sectors of activity, a practical information pamphlet and a complementary worksheet have just been published by the Institut de recherche Robert-Sauvé en santé et en sécurité du travail (IRSST) to assist preventionists, maintenance personnel, and lift truck suppliers in choosing the appropriate seat belt assembly for protecting lift truck operators. The Regulation respecting occupational health and safety requires that counterbalanced lift trucks be equipped with a retention device to prevent operators from being crushed by their truck in the event of a tipover.

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A matter that concerns us all!: Preventing workplace violence

A matter that concerns us all!: Preventing workplace violence

  • July 28, 2014

The Institut de recherche Robert-Sauvé en santé et en sécurité du travail (IRSST), in collaboration with Recherche sur les interrelations personnelles, organisationnelles et sociales du travail (or RIPOST, a research group on personal, organizational and social interrelations at work), is launching a Web site that offers a practical, proven process for sustainably preventing workplace violence in all types of organizations.

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Planning tool: Safer manual handling

Planning tool: Safer manual handling

  • June 12, 2014

As part of a new approach to training, the Institut de recherche Robert-Sauvé en santé et en sécurité du travail (IRSST) has launched a planning support tool for safer manual material handling. Researchers worked with an assessment checklist for handling situations in designing this new tool, which was then tested by occupational health and safety (OHS) practitioners to render it as user friendly as possible. The tool is designed to help OHS practitioners gain a better understanding of material handling situations and plan changes and training activities appropriate to the work setting.

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Preventing MSDs: Designing Tools that Vibrate Less

  • April 10, 2014

Montreal, April 10, 2014 - Workers using vibrating tools are subject to effects that progress slowly and may result in musculoskeletal injuries or disorders in their upper limbs. For that reason, a research team set about measuring, among other things, the effects of factors such as the wrist deviation and grip strength exerted on tool handles, on vibration transmission and on muscle load.

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