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Working Safely on Plastic Injection Moulding Machines

Working Safely on Plastic Injection Moulding Machines

  • May 25, 2017

A study has been published on the safety of workers operating or performing maintenance on plastic injection moulding machines that interact with peripherals such as robots, conveyors and granulators. By analysing accident reports, the researchers were able to determine the relevant risks and consider ways of reducing or eliminating them. Collecting this information helped the researchers arrive at a more concrete assessment of the reality faced by workers in the plastics processing industry who are exposed to hazardous situations that can sometimes be fatal.

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Development of a Confined Space Risk Analysis and Work Categorization Tool

Development of a Confined Space Risk Analysis and Work Categorization Tool

  • May 08, 2017

The Quebec Regulation respecting Occupational Health and Safety (ROHS) defines a confined space in section 1 as any area that is completely or partially enclosed and is not designed for human occupation, nor intended to be, but may occasionally be occupied for the performance of work.

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Green Jobs in Quebec: Definition and Assessment of Potential Chemical and Biological Risks to Workers’ Health

Green Jobs in Quebec: Definition and Assessment of Potential Chemical and Biological Risks to Workers’ Health

  • May 03, 2017

Although the term “green jobs” is fashionable and is in keeping with sustainable development, there is very little information available on the subject. The goal of a new study published by the IRSSTwas to produce a profile of green jobs in Quebec and assess the potential risks to workers’ health as a result of their exposure to chemicals and biological agents.

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The IRSST, a World Health Organization collaborating centre

The IRSST, a World Health Organization collaborating centre

  • April 03, 2017

The World Health Organization (WHO), via the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO), has again designated the IRSST’s Scientific Division as one of its collaborating centres. Renewable every four years, this status was granted to the Institute for the first time in March 2013. Since then, it has provided the WHO with strategic support in fulfilling its mandate and helped it ensure the scientific validity of global health work.  

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Working Safely in the Hazardous Zones of Industrial Machines

Working Safely in the Hazardous Zones of Industrial Machines

  • March 16, 2017

The findings of a scientific study suggest some safety guidelines for workers carrying out maintenance or repairs on industrial machines operating in reduced speed and force mode (i.e., reduced energy). Section 189.1 (previously 186) of the Quebec Regulation respecting occupational health and safety (ROHS) provides a regulatory framework designed to prevent situations in which moving parts can cause serious or even fatal occupational injuries. Nevertheless, the provision does not indicate any specific speed, force, contact pressure or energy values to be met.

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Are your fingers white and numb? Learn more about the Hypothenar Hammer Syndrome

Are your fingers white and numb? Learn more about the Hypothenar Hammer Syndrome

  • March 06, 2017

Hypothenar hammer syndrome is a rare and little-known disease that can lead to serious injury in the affected fingers and could even result in their amputation, if the diagnosis and the treatment are not appropriate. The disease develops in workers who use vibrating tools or who repeatedly use the palms of their hands to strike, flatten, press or twist objects. Even a single episode of trauma could cause the disease.

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Work-related traffic accidents, what are the causes ?

Work-related traffic accidents, what are the causes ?

  • March 03, 2017
In the industrialized world, traffic accidents are one the leading cause of work-related accidental deaths. Many different types of workers drive as part of their work, and having to be on the road puts these workers at risk. Despite this, relatively few studies have looked at the characteristics an...

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Repetitive Strain Injury Awareness Day

Repetitive Strain Injury Awareness Day

  • February 27, 2017

February 28th is the Repetitive Strain Injury (RSI) Awareness Day implemented by the Canadian Centre for Occupational Health and Safety (CCOHS). Also known as musculoskeletal disorders (MSDs), repetitive strain injuries describe a family of painful disorders affecting tendons, muscles, nerves and joints in the neck, upper and lower back, chest, shoulders, arms and hands. CCOHS says that “MSDs are the most frequent type of lost-time injury and the single largest source of lost-time costs in Canada”.

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Impact of Summer Temperatures on Workers’ Health and Safety

Impact of Summer Temperatures on Workers’ Health and Safety

  • February 20, 2017

Given that summer temperatures in Quebec are expected to increase in coming years, it is essential to implement preventive measures specifically targeting those workers most likely to suffer from heat effects and to continue research to advance our knowledge in this field, in particular by using better heat stress indices.

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February 4 : World Cancer Day

February 4 : World Cancer Day

  • February 03, 2017

Each year on 4 February, World Health Organization and International Agency for Research on Cancer supports Union for International Cancer Control to promote ways to ease the global burden of cancer.

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