IRSST - Institut de recherche Robert-Sauvé en santé et en sécurité du travail

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Signing of Memorandum of Understanding between the ICOHPS and the IRSST

  •   June 13, 2024
Montréal, June 14th, 2024 - the Indigenous Centre for Occupational Health & Public Safety (ICOHPS) and the IRSST signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU). It is designed to promote cooperation and joint research initiatives in order to identify, respond to and mitigate the specific health and ...

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Agreement signed by the IWH (Ontario) and the IRSST (Québec)

  •   June 12, 2024
Montréal, June 12, 2024 - The Institute for Work and Health (IWH) and the Institut de recherche Robert-Sauvé en santé et en sécurité du travail (IRSST) ratified last May 28th in Toronto, a five-year Master Cooperation Agreement. This agreement strengthens the relationship between IWH and IRSST, a...

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Change in the IRSST’s Brand Image

  •   May 02, 2023
Montréal, May 2, 2023 – The members of the staff of the Institut de recherche Robert-Sauvé en santé et en sécurité du travail (IRSST) are proud to announce the launch of the Institute’s new visual identity as part of the ongoing evolution of its brand. “The IRSST has grown ...

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The Palais des congrès de Montréal renews its agreement with occupational health and safety specialists IRSST

  •   March 01, 2023
Montréal, March 1, 2023 – The Palais des congrès de Montréal and the Institut de recherche Robert-Sauvé en santé et en sécurité du travail (IRSST) are pleased to announce the renewal of their partnership agreement for an additional three years. The agreement provides an overall framework and c...

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$150,000 to Develop a Method for Evaluating an Air Contaminant

  •   February 07, 2023
Montreal, February 7, 2023 – WorkSafeBC has granted $150,000 in funding to an IRSST team headed up by Simon Aubin, chemist, hygienist and Assistant to the director – research, Laboratory Division; the team members are Pierre-Luc Cloutier and Sébastien Gagné, joined by Loïc Wingert, an ex...

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The IRSST/Ambassador’s Club Award

  •   February 06, 2020

The IRSST/Ambassadors’ Club Joint Award was handed out yesterday at the Recognition Award Gala, an annual event organized by the Palais des congrès de Montréal. The award went to two researchers, Dr. France Labrèche, a researcher at the Institut de recherche Robert-Sauvé en santé et sécurité du travail (IRSST) and Dr. Marie-Élise Parent, a professor and researcher at the Institut national de la recherche scientifique (INRS), who are organizing the 28th edition of the International Symposium on Epidemiology in Occupational Health (EPICOH 2020) to be held this year in Montreal.

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WebExpo: Simplifying the Interpretation of Occupational Exposure Measurements

  •   January 28, 2020

A large part of industrial hygienists’ work consists of measuring workers’ occupational exposure levels. The high variability in measured levels poses a considerable challenge when it comes to interpreting them relative to occupational exposure limits (OELs). Despite the existence of a consensus-based framework for this purpose, the associated approaches have not been widely adopted by industrial hygiene practitioners. They require calculations that are not feasible with current tools, and the statistical results obtained can be difficult to communicate to workers and managers.

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Apple Growers’ Skin Exposure to Pesticides

  •   December 05, 2019

The Institut de recherche Robert-Sauvé en santé et en sécurité du travail (IRSST) has just published a study describing apple growers’ skin exposure while performing their main tasks related to mixing and spraying pesticides and their use of protective clothing. Based on a review of the literature, extensive field observations and repeated interviews with five growers, the researchers conducted a detailed analysis of exposure situations and factors that facilitate or interfere with the wearing of protective clothing.

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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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