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Post-traumatic stress risk: police officers are less at risk than previously thought

  • July 17, 2013

Although police officers are at a high risk of experiencing traumatic events (TE) in their work, they are no more likely than the general population to suffer from post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). These are the findings from the second phase of an original and groundbreaking study published by the Institut de recherche Robert-Sauvé en santé et en sécurité du travail (IRSST) on the risk and protective factors of post-traumatic stress reactions in Quebec police officers.

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Renewal of IRSST president and CEO’s mandate

Renewal of IRSST president and CEO’s mandate

  • June 17, 2013

The Board of Directors of the Institut de recherche Robert-Sauvé en santé et en sécurité du travail (IRSST) has renewed the mandate of its president and CEO, Marie Larue, for another five-year term.

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The IRSST adopts a five-year research activity plan

The IRSST adopts a five-year research activity plan

  • May 06, 2013

The Board of Directors of the Institut de recherche Robert-Sauvé en santé et en sécurité du travail (IRSST) unanimously approved a five-year scientific and technical production plan for 2013–2017 at its latest regular meeting. This plan is the result of numerous consultations held with our partners in the work and research communities to make certain that real OHS needs and emerging problems are taken into account in the workplace.

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Second edition: For Safe Use of Isocyanates

Second edition: For Safe Use of Isocyanates

  • April 29, 2013

The second edition of the Guide for Safe Use of Isocyanates: An Industrial Hygiene Approach is designed to facilitate occupational disease prevention through recognition, evaluation and control of the risks associated with exposure to these toxic substances, which are found in products such as automobile paint. Based on the latest developments, the guide discusses respiratory and dermal exposure as well as other safety hazards. It also describes various means of prevention.

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Scientific Advisory Board: Appointment of Edwin Bourget

  • April 19, 2013

At its regular meeting on April 18 and on recommendation by the president and CEO of the Institut de recherche Robert-Sauvé en santé et en sécurité du travail (IRSST), the Board of Directors appointed a new representative of the scientific and technical communities to sit on the Institute’s Scientific Advisory Board. The new appointee is Edwin Bourget, recipient of numerous honours and distinctions, including the Québec government’s Prix Armand-Frappier 2012, which recognizes outstanding contributions to scientific research.

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Scientific Advisory Board: Appointment of Léonard Aucoin

  • April 19, 2013

At its regular meeting on April 18, the board of directors of the Institut de recherche Robert-Sauvé en santé et en sécurité du travail (IRSST) ratified the president and CEO’s recommendation concerning the appointment of a new representative of the scientific and technical communities to the Institute’s Scientific Advisory Board. The new appointee is founder, president and CEO of InfoVeille Santé, Léonard Aucoin, who was decorated with the title of Knight by the Ordre national du Québec in 2010.

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Funding Provided for Three New Studies on Exposure to Engineered Nanoparticles

  • April 15, 2013

The Institut de recherche Robert-Sauvé en santé et en sécurité du travail (IRSST) and NanoQuébec are pleased to announce they will jointly fund three new research projects on worker exposure to engineered nanoparticles. Following a joint call for proposals in the autumn of 2012, a peer committee meticulously evaluated the protocols of seven projects. On the basis of this evaluation, the IRSST and NanoQuébec selected three projects, with total funding amounting to $525,000.

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The IRSST becomes a World Health Organization collaborating centre

  • April 09, 2013

The President and Chief Executive Officer 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) has designated the IRSST's Scientific Direction as one of its collaborating centres. The main role of the collaborating centres (CC) is to provide strategic support to WHO in fulfilling its mandated activities and to help it ensure the scientific validity of global health work.

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Guardrails on flat roofs: Better Fall Protection

Guardrails on flat roofs: Better Fall Protection

  • February 20, 2013

All work at heights involves severe risk of falling. On a flat roof, the best way to prevent such accidents is by installing a guardrail. Until now, however, guardrail anchoring systems used in Québec had never been subjected to testing for compliance with the Safety Code for the construction industry.

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New OHS Research Chair on Gender, Work, and Health

  • February 12, 2013

A first OHS research chair on gender, work, and health was recently awarded by the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) and the Institut de recherche Robert-Sauvé en santé et en sécurité du travail (IRSST). The new chairholder is Julie Côté from McGill University’s Department of Kinesiology and Physical Education. Her research program is entitled “better understanding for better prevention of work-related musculoskeletal disorders: a coordinated gender- and sex-based approach.”

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