The United Steelworkers announced Friday that they are committing $225,000 over the next three years to Laurentian University’s Centre for Research in Occupation Safety and Health.
As the only centre for occupational health and safety research in Northern Ontario, CROSH’s goal is to partner with workers, workplaces, communities and governments to tackle relevant workplace challenges.
The centre uses a field-to-lab-to-field approach to their research. Researchers engage with industries and communities in the field to understand the problems they are facing. Then they bring their findings to the lab at Laurentian University to troubleshoot evidence-based solutions, before bringing those solutions back to the workplace to be tested in the field.
CROSH Director Sandra Dorman said research like this can have a huge impact, especially in the north.
“Work is the No. 2 place adults spend their time,” she said. “A health and safety research centre literally can impact everybody. Sometimes we are left out from the larger centre decisions around health and safety issues because we’re geographically so far away.” Dorman says the funding received from the United Steelworkers strengthens the foundation of CROSH.
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