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

SAFE INTEGRATION

OF NEW WORKERS IN MINING COMPANIES

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Mining Companies

To promote the safe integration of new workers

Did you know that during their first few months on the job, new workers are at much greater risk of sustaining a compensated time-loss injury than experienced workers? By virtue of its activities, the Québec mining industry faces its own particular challenges when it comes to the safe integration of new workers. 

Inspired by the IRSST-funded study titled Conditions for a safe and competent integration of new workers into the mining sector, researchers developed two tools specifically to help mining companies reflect on the new worker integration process. Thanks to these two tools – a Self-Diagnostic Tool and an Example of a Worker Integration Process – mining companies will be able to identify their current practices and conditions that facilitate new worker integration, as well as to identify action priorities to ensure continuous improvement.

Self-Diagnostic Tool
Self Diagnostic tool

By means of questions about the goals and process of integration and the key actors involved, this tool will enable you to:

  • identify your current practices and conditions that facilitate new worker integration;
  • identify action priorities to ensure continuous improvement.

Download the Self Diagnostic Tool

Example of a Worker Integration Process
Exemple de processus d'intégration

To give more concrete form to the content of the self-diagnostic tool, this example illustrates the various steps in the integration process and the roles played by the key actors.

Download the Example of a Worker Integration Process

The scientific study: a request from the mining industry

At the request of the Association paritaire pour la santé et la sécurité du travail du secteur minier (APSM, a joint association for occupational health and safety in the mining industry), researchers studied the conditions facilitating the safe integration of workers in the mining industry. Five mines, two open-pit and three underground, participated in the project. Various heavy machinery and boom truck operator jobs, as well as the job of a miner assigned to rehabilitating existing tunnels, were the subject of case studies conducted through interviews and the observation of work activities over the equivalent of 29 days. The goal was to highlight the circumstances that could impact task-related training and the transfer of job knowledge and prevention knowledge.

Download the Scientific Report