THUNDER BAY – The Centre for Research in Occupational Safety and Health (CROSH) at Laurentian University today unveiled details about the inaugural tour to be taken by its ground-breaking M-CROSH mobile research laboratory. The Driving Prevention Through Research Tour will visit 12 communities across Northern Ontario from September 22 through October 5, 2017.
During the tour, M-CROSH will host lab tours and ask visitors to share key health and safety issues that workers and workplaces face in their community, and throughout the region. This input will help shape a 5-year strategic plan for the Centre.
“Health and safety excellence can only be obtained through active participation by all employees and employers in every job, and this includes workplaces in rural and northern communities,” said CROSH director, Dr. Sandra Dorman. This tour will focus on introducing the mobile lab to workplaces and communities with the goal of sharing findings from our current research and learning about the occupational health and safety challenges facing northern workers.”
In June, CROSH unveiled Canada’s first mobile laboratory for occupational safety and health research: M-CROSH. The custom designed 40-foot integrated truck/trailer mobile laboratory (established with funding from the Ontario Ministry of Labour) includes laboratory, meeting, and clinic space to support field research in: mental health and quality of work-life, fatigue, mobile equipment design for accident prevention, vibration induced injury prevention, heat stress, prevention of musculoskeletal disorders, and evaluation of intervention programs; to name a few.
Members of the public are invited to attend any of the following M-CROSH tour stops:
|James Jerome Complex
|Sault ste. Marie
|USW Union Hall
|Oliver Road Community Centre
|Meno-Ya-Win Health Centre
|Dryden Memorial Arena
|Kenora Recreational Centre
|To be Determined
|Palace Sports Arena
|Timmins Public Library
|Workplace Safety North
CROSH was established at Laurentian University in 2008, and it is the only occupational safety and health research centre operating in northern Ontario. Utilizing a FIELD- to LAB- to FIELD (F2L2F) research philosophy, with the goal of achieving PREVENTION THROUGH RESEARCH. F2L2F: CROSH engages in innovative FIELD research to understand an occupational health and safety problem, develops evidence-based interventions for the problem in the LAB, and then evaluates the interventions back in the FIELD.
For more information on CROSH visit: www.crosh.ca