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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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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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