This program seeks to eliminate occupational health hazards at the source.
Why this program?
The program is part of a larger network of occupational health teams in each region of Quebec, created by virtue of the Act respecting occupational health and safety Other regions have had such teams for years; after much effort, Eeyou Istchee was able to obtain its first Occupational Health team in January of 2011.
Short description of program
The Occupational Health team will provide services in primary, secondary, and tertiary prevention. That is, staff will work to prevent problems from arising, to reduce the harm when an illness or injury does strike, and to minimize any long-term impact from illness or injuries.
Primary prevention activities:
- Identify possible hazards and assesses how much risk they pose
- Develop health programs for specific industries, in collaboration with the employer, the workers, and the company’s Health and Safety committee
- Train employers and workers on how to prevent health problems. (For example, prevent hearing damage from workplace noise by reducing the noise, reducing the time the worker is exposed to it, or using hearing-protection equipment.)
- Secondary prevention activities:
- Conduct screening for problems as needed (for example, chest X-rays for miners exposed to silica, audiograms for workers exposed to noise, physical exams for workers exposed to lead)
- Help companies to set up First Aid services, develop an emergency response plan, and maintain a registry of accidents.
Tertiary prevention activities:
- Help workers to cope with long-term problems or disabilities. (For example, meet with families of workers who have hearing loss to explain how they can help and what aids are available.)
The priority groups for this program are determined by CNESST: the Commission des normes, de l'équité, de la santé et sécurité du travail. The top priority is sectors such as contruction, metal, forestry, chemicals, mining, petroleum, or transport equipment. Other targeted sectors include public administration, food services, furniture, paper, and transport and warehousing. Within each of these sectors, pregnant women are a particular priority.
Who delivers the program?
This service is part of the Chishaayiyuu programs.
The program coordinator for the region is:
Office : 418-923-3355 x 42356
Cell : 418-770-4202