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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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Immigrant Workers and OHS

Immigrant Workers and OHS

  • January 31, 2017

Every year, immigrant workers enter Québec’s labour force, thus changing the demographic and ethnocultural composition of workplaces. In order to better understand the employment characteristics of immigrants that could have implications for preventing occupational injuries, researchers analyzed quantitative studies that documented the distinctive features of work performed by immigrants and the risks to their health and safety. The authors also analyzed the content of population surveys that could provide information on the risks to the OHS of immigrant workers.

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Evaluation, Treatment and Return to Work of Workers Suffering from Rotator Cuff Disorders

Evaluation, Treatment and Return to Work of Workers Suffering from Rotator Cuff Disorders

  • January 25, 2017

Musculoskeletal impairments of the shoulder affect the shoulder’s functional status and the quality of life of the individuals involved, and in the case of workers, sometimes leads to problems of absenteeism or losses of productivity. Workers who perform tasks with their arms above shoulder height or repetitive tasks are at higher risk of developing shoulder impairment, especially an impairment of the rotator cuff. The IRSST carried out an extensive literature review regarding several aspects of rotator cuff impairments.

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How to Choose Slip-Resistant Occupational Footwear

How to Choose Slip-Resistant Occupational Footwear

  • January 23, 2017

How to choose work boots and shoes that have a good slip resistance? A new IRSST pamphlet is addressing this issue by proposing a process of selecting footwear that responds to the requirements of work and reduces the risk of slipping.

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