Laurentian’s Centre for Research in Occupational Safety and Health to launch mobile unit June 28
Experts at the Centre for Research in Occupational Safety and Health (CROSH) in Sudbury want to hear about health and safety issues from workers in rural and remote areas of Ontario. Next month the research facility at Laurentian University will launch a mobile unit meant to travel across the province.
The large vehicle will act as a portable laboratory for any of the 40 multidisciplinary researchers at CROSH, says Director Sandra Dorman. They’ll gather information from workplaces outside of Sudbury, where most of the studies and experiments currently are conducted.
“We’ve got the home lab where we can bring ideas back and test them out, but the mobile lab allows us to get the information in the field, bring it back to the lab for testing and then go back to the field, to ensure that the new ideas actually work,” says Dorman.
The traveling lab will allow CROSH researchers to determine what particular health and safety issues are affecting workers in rural and remote locations. In turn, the experts and scientists can find solutions to those problems.
Dorman says the mobile unit will allow researchers with CROSH to access workplaces that have principally been ignored because of their geography. “Even just getting a chance to talk to workers that are outside the 2 or 3 hours radius of Sudbury, ” says Tammy Eger, the Research Chair for CROSH.
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