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Occupational Exposure to Bioaerosols When Using Biological Degreasing Stations

  • November 07, 2019

To clean oily or greasy parts in mechanical maintenance shops, workers use biowashers or biological degreasing stations. The degreasing agents in these washing stations contain bacteria for which no metrological data were available for assessing the occupational risk of exposure through inhalation. To address this lack of data, the researchers monitored five biological degreasing stations for a year, taking 50 mL samples of degreasing fluid every two months and, for comparison purposes, an initial sample of unused degreaser from each station. Using a variety of methods, the researchers counted and identified the bacteria that colonized the degreasers. They detected 60 species of bacteria at concentrations ranging from 3.6 x 104 to 2.6 x 107 CFU/mL in the used fluids, whereas only one species, Bacillus subtilis, was found in the unused fluids.

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A Program To Improve the Return to Work of Injured and Depressed Workers

  • October 31, 2019

Many workers who have been injured on the job present symptoms of pain and depression, which can have negative effects on their recovery. Symptoms of depression can hinder a person’s ability to perform many important activities of daily living, including occupational activities. Studies have shown that injured workers with symptoms of depression remain off work twice as long as those who are not depressed. Interventions used to treat pain in injured workers are clearly less effective when they also present symptoms of depression.

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Prix Acfas IRSST – Santé et sécurité du travail 2019

  • October 26, 2019

Kannan Krishnan, chief scientific officer at the IRSST, awarded two Prix Acfas IRSST – Santé et sécurité du travail (occupational health and safety), each worth $5,000, to two students at the master’s and doctoral levels respectively. For the past seven years, in collaboration with Acfas, the Institute has given out these awards to help train new researchers and cultivate their interest in occupational health and safety (OHS) research.

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New President-CEO at the IRSST

  • August 19, 2019

The Chair of the Board of Directors of the Institut de recherche Robert-Sauvé en santé et en sécurité du travail (IRSST), Ms. Manuelle Oudar, is pleased to announce that Ms. Lyne Sauvageau has taken up her duties as the IRSST’s new President and Chief Executive Officer, effective today.

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Awards for Best Student Papers at ICSV26

  • July 12, 2019

On July 10, the IRSST’s chief scientific officer, Kannan Krishnan, presented four $500 prizes at the 26th International Congress on Sound and Vibration (ICSV26). The awards recognized the excellence of papers on occupational health and safety (OHS) presented by students enrolled in a Canadian institution.

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The ÉTS applauds the IRSST’s expertise

  • April 17, 2019
Montreal, April 17, 2019 – At the Gala Excellence ÉTS of the École de technologie supérieure, held on April 8, the Institut de recherche Robert-Sauvé en santé et sécurité du travail (IRSST) was named Partenaire d’excellence en recherche-innovation [outstanding innovation-research partner]...

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The IRSST will be hosting the EPICOH 2020 Conference

  • February 12, 2019

We are pleased to announce that the members of the EPICOH Scientific Committee of the International Commission on Occupational Health (ICOH-CIST) have retained the IRSST’s bid to host the 28th International Symposium on Epidemiology in Occupational Health (EPICOH). The Institute will organize this event in collaboration with its partners.

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New call for applications for the IRSST/Ambassadors’ Club of the Palais des congrès de Montréal Joint Award

  • November 19, 2018

The IRSST and the Palais des congrès de Montréal recently launched a call for applications for the 2019 edition of the IRSST/Ambassadors’ Club Joint Award.

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The first IRSST/Ambassadors’ Club of the Palais des congrès de Montréal Joint Award

  • November 09, 2018

The IRSST/Ambassadors’ Club Joint Award was handed out at the 2018 Recognition Award Gala, a marquee event organized by the Palais des congrès de Montréal. Given this year for the first time, this award went to two researchers: Dr. Jérémie Voix, a professor and researcher at the École de technologie supérieure (ÉTS), and Dr. Franck Sgard, a researcher at the Institut de recherche Robert-Sauvé en santé et sécurité du travail (IRSST) and associate professor at the ÉTS and the Université de Sherbrooke. It is thanks to their combined initiatives that the 26th International Congress on Sound and Vibration (ICSV26) will be held in Montreal in 2019.

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Occupational Hearing Loss and Presbycusis

  • November 01, 2018

The Institut de recherche Robert-Sauvé en santé et en sécurité du travail (IRSST) recently published a review of the literature on the links between occupational hearing loss and presbycusis (hearing loss due to aging). The objective of this study was to (1) determine whether exposure to noise can accelerate the process of presbycusis; (2) establish whether the use of correction factors can enable occupational hearing loss and presbycusis to be differentiated; (3) assess the progression of hearing loss after the worker is no longer exposed to workplace noise. To that end, the researchers analysed the content of some 30 scientific studies published since 2000.

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