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Chantal Gauvin / Research Professional

Eng. (Québec); M.App.Sc. Mechanical Engineering


Chantal Gauvin is a scientific professional at the IRSST. After obtaining a master’s degree in mechanical engineering from Polytechnique Montréal, she worked for several years in industry as a Research and Development engineer and a research associate at the National Research Council Canada. Since her arrival at the IRSST in 2005, Ms. Gauvin’s interests have focused on mechanical risks and the human factors related to protective equipment. Her work concerns mainly cut and puncture resistance of materials, as well as the grip and dexterity associated with protective gloves. She is also interested in occupational slips and falls of the same level, especially the slip resistance of footwear. She is a member of the following standards committees: ASTM F23 on Personal Protective Clothing and Equipment, ASTM F13 on Pedestrian/Walkway Safety and Footwear, CSA Z195-Z334 on Protective Footwear, and the Canadian Advisory Committee ISO/TC94/SC13 on Protective Clothing.


  • Protective equipment (gloves, footwear)
  • Mechanical risks (cut, puncture, slipperiness)
  • Human factors (dexterity, comfort)

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