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Volume 11-03  | May 2013



IRSST's Scientific Direction becomes a WHO collaborating centre

WHO FLAGThe 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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New releases


Three New Studies on Exposure to Engineered Nanoparticles

The IRSST and NanoQuébec are pleased to announce they will jointly fund three new research projects on worker exposure to engineered nanoparticles.

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Occupationnal injuries in mines in one year cost $130 million

Logo IRSST - Lien vers site WebDespite companies’ prevention efforts and an improvement in the situation, mining remains a hazardous industry due to the frequency and severity of accidents.

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Construction Workers' Exposure to Crystalline Silica

Logo IRSST - Lien vers site WebIn the construction industry, occupational exposure to crystalline silica is common in several trades due not only to its presence in many handled materials, but also to the processes. In Québec, as in other jurisdictions, the crystalline silica exposure levels in the construction industry still exceed frequently the regulatory limit values.

This report identifies the tasks and tools that may expose workers to silica at levels above the regulatory level.

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OSH calendar


May 20-22, 2013 IN MONTREAL
AIHce – meet the IRSST's team

Here is your free pass to the Expo, compliments of ABC Company. Please visit us at booth #516. We will be displaying IRSST’s laboratory services, Industrial Hygiene Guide for Safe Use of Isocyanates and a software for predicting the resistance of polymeric materials used in the manufacture of chemical-resistant protective gloves, clothing and boots.

Show hours are:
Monday, May 20 – 9:00 a.m.–5:30 p.m.
Tuesday, May 21 – 9:00 a.m.–3:00 p.m.
Wednesday, May 22 – 9:00 a.m.–1:30 p.m.

AIHce is the premier event for OEHS professionals, with over 115 sessions, 67 PDCs, and 250 exhibitors displaying the latest equipment, systems and technologies.

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Preparing the next generation

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Young day explorers

Four students who wish to become chemists spent the day of April 18th at the IRSST; an activity organized by Jeunes Explorateurs d'un jour (young day explorers). This organization allows students of 4th and 5th Secondary School to explore, during a whole day, a job or a profession which interests them.

Jeunes explorateurs d'un jour

From left: Léa Sultanem of the Collège Sainte-Marcelline, Joanna Augustin, of the École secondaire Dorval-Jean XXIII, Ana Chirica of the École secondaire Jacques-Rousseau, and Zunaira Jabbar of the École secondaire Antoine-Brossard. Persons in charge: Vanessa Gareau, Philippe Auger, and Virginie Lajeunesse.


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