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Study of cases of vibration syndrome related to the use of vibrating tools for all of Québec during the 1990-2002 period


Hand-arm vibration syndrome related to the use of vibrating tools is a health problem not extensively documented in Québec. It can produce neurological, osteoarticular and vascular disorders, notably Raynaud’s syndrome. Every year, on average, 50 workers are compensated following an occupational injury resulting from vibration exposure of the upper limbs or circulatory system.

The authors have studied the compensation files submitted to the CSST between 1990 and 2002 in order to evaluate the extent of the vibration syndrome as well as to identify the employment sectors affected. In their report, they distinguish between two categories of vibration-related injuries: Raynaud’s syndrome, and those of another type. Their statistical portrait of vibration-related injuries identifies activity sectors, professions and geographical regions where they believe prevention should be directed.

Additional Information

Type: Project
Number: 0099-3040
Status: Completed
Year of completion: 2007
  • Alice Turcot (Institut national de santé publique du Québec)
  • Paul-Émile Boileau (IRSST)
  • André Simpson (Institut national de santé publique du Québec)
  • Patrice Duguay (IRSST)
  • Paul Massicotte (IRSST)