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The IRSST in the running to host the ICOH 2024 Congress

The IRSST in the running to host the ICOH 2024 Congress

  • April 06, 2018

The IRSST has joined forces with the Palais des congrès de Montréal and Tourisme Montréal to submit a Canadian bid to host the triennial congress of the International Commission on Occupational Health (Commission internationale de la santé au travail – ICOH-CIST). This event offers the ideal opportunity for reinforcing the IRSST’s position as a vital organization in the world of occupational health and safety (OHS) research.

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CLOSE : A Tool for Managing Confined Space Risks

CLOSE : A Tool for Managing Confined Space Risks

  • April 03, 2018

CLOSE, a free online tool for analysing and managing the risks associated with work in confined spaces is now available. This tool 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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Preventing Exposure to Pesticides: Why and How to Choose Personal Protective Equipment

Preventing Exposure to Pesticides: Why and How to Choose Personal Protective Equipment

  • March 13, 2018

This fact sheet which comes with a mini-poster will be of interest to farmers and to anyone who wants to better understand the information on pesticide labels and hence ensure their protection.

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Society of Toxicology – The IRSST’s Scientific Division Director Wins the Paper of the Year Award for 2017

Society of Toxicology – The IRSST’s Scientific Division Director Wins the Paper of the Year Award for 2017

  • March 12, 2018

The Occupational and Public Health Specialty Section of the Society of Toxicology (SOT) has granted Kannan Krishnan, Director of the IRSST’s Scientific Division, the prestigious Paper of the Year award for 2017 for an article he coauthored with his doctoral student, Sandrine F. Chebekoue.

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Call for Applications 2018: Prix ACFAS-IRSST in Occupational Health and Safety

Call for Applications 2018: Prix ACFAS-IRSST in Occupational Health and Safety

  • March 09, 2018

Every year, ACFAS and the IRSST award two scholarships – one each at the master’s and doctoral levels – to young researchers in occupational health and safety. The purpose of these two scholarships is to salute the excellence of the candidates’ past and present university studies and to encourage them to continue their research careers.

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Research on Prevention against Occupational Cancer

Research on Prevention against Occupational Cancer

  • February 02, 2018

Carcinogenesis is a complex, multifactorial process that begins many years before clinical symptoms of cancer appear. Cancer is considered to be occupational in origin when it results from workplace exposure to a chemical, physical or biological agent, or from conditions inherent in a work activity. The disease would probably not have developed if the person had not done that job.

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Pesticides and Personal Protective Equipment for Apple Growers

Pesticides and Personal Protective Equipment for Apple Growers

  • January 18, 2018

There are close to 29,000 farms in Québec that are employing some 125,000 workers. Pesticides are used on these farms to control crop pests, but they can have short-term as well as long-term health effects on farm workers exposed to them, mainly through the skin. Pesticide use is controlled and several risk prevention measures are recommended. Personal protective equipment plays a key role in reducing the risks of exposure.

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Emergency medical technician-paramedics: Understanding and preventing risks

Emergency medical technician-paramedics: Understanding and preventing risks

  • December 18, 2017

Emergency medical technician-paramedics provide first aid and save lives. They face diseases daily in ever-changing contexts. They are caregivers, psychosocial workers and handlers.

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For a Better Protection Against Falls from Heights

For a Better Protection Against Falls from Heights

  • December 13, 2017

At the request of the sector-based OHS association ASP-Construction, the IRSST conducted a study with the aim of evaluating the HLLS to make it more efficient, user-friendly and reliable by improving the installation method and making it lighter. The researchers also aimed to confirm the strength of braced roof trusses as a host structure for a worker’s lanyard, the HLLS and anchoring connectors certified to standard CAN/CSA Z259.15 – Anchorage Connectors.

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How to Evaluate Return-to-work Obstacles and Self Efficacy Scale?

How to Evaluate Return-to-work Obstacles and Self Efficacy Scale?

  • November 20, 2017

Prolonged absences from work, especially those related to common mental disorders and musculoskeletal disorders, impose considerable economic and human costs. Because of this, better understanding of the factors that hinder the return to work of those affected by these two disorders is essential. According to the literature, it is well established that return to work is the result of a complex interaction between the individual and actors from various systems, such as the workplace and the healthcare and compensation systems.

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