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Le dictionnaire des risques psychosociaux (in French)

Le dictionnaire des risques psychosociaux (in French)

Stress, suicide, harcèlement, épuisement professionnel, workaholism… Au-delà de la souffrance qu'elles désignent, ces notions souvent récentes constituent une approche inédite, et demandent à mieux être comprises, dans leur ensemble et isolément. C'est tout l'enjeu de ce dictionnaire, pionnier en son genre.

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European Trade Union Institute

The European Trade Union Institute is the independent research and training centre of the European Trade Union Confederation (ETUC) which itself affiliates European trade unions into a single European umbrella organisation. ETUI has published an on-line database of hazardous substances (RISCTOX).

Archive and past conferences

Past Conferences, Symposia, Colloquia and Presentations
Study Tour: Visit of Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA) Policy Options Project (POP) participants
May 17th, 2013, University of Ottawa, Ottawa

Prof. Katherine Lippel hosted a 10 member delegation, part of The Foundation for International Training, on May 17th, at the Canada Research Chair in Occupational Health and Safety Law. The delegation is a result of long-standing ties between of the People’s Republic of China and the Foundation for International Training (FIT).  In the past, numerous study and fact finding missions have been completed in cooperation with the Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA) and other international partners. The group is looking at regulations on the prevention of vocational diseases in the coal mining industry of Ningxia Autonomous Region, China.  

Delegatn 2014 NignxiaChaire Lippel

Photo of Prof. Katherine Lippel hosted a 10 member delegation  on May 17th, 2013, at the Canada Research Chair in Occupational Health and Safety Law. The delegation is looking at regulations on the prevention of vocational diseases in the coal mining industry of Ningxia Autonomous Region, China.

Study Tour: Visit of Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA) Policy Options Project (POP) Sub Project  
April 26th, 2013, University of Ottawa, Ottawa

Prof. Katherine Lippel hosted a 15 member delegation, part of the CIDA Policy Initiative.  The Policy Options Project (POP) supports reform measures in China that contribute to sustainable development and good governance. As part of this project, the Canadian Centre for Occupational Health and Safety (CCOHS) and Geospatial/Salasan Consulting Inc. have been selected to provide technical assistance relating to policy development to promote and protect the psychological health of migrant workers in Chongqing municipality. The delegation was made up of researchers and policy experts from Chongqing universities and Chongqing Municipality, and they have been looking at migrant labour psychological health and safety protection in Chongqing.

Presentation: Inclusion of Gender
March 2013, Santiago, Chile

During an international symposium on the inclusion of gender in the prevention of occupational illnesses, held in Santiago and organized by the Public Health Institute of Chile, Professor Lippel presented a conference entitled “Pertinence of Including Gender in Policies and Norms as well as in Interventions”.  For access to the presentation, click here «Pertinence of including gender in policies and norms as well as in interventions.»  For a description of the symposium (available only in Spanish), click here.

Awareness Day: 14th Annual International Repetitive Strain Injury (RSI) Awareness Day
February 28th, 2013, Toronto Ontario

Is recognition of musculo-skeletal disorders being put into question in Ontario? For access to the information flyer in pdf. format, click here Flyer RSI day pdf .  For access to the information flyer in Microsoft Word format, click here  RSI_Day_2013_flyer.doc

Conference:  Comparisk 2013
January 16th to 18th 2013, Bordeaux, France

This conference, entitled “Comparative Approach to Psychosocial Risks in the Workplace” highlights the interdisciplinary and comparative to psychosocial risks as well as problems arising from these.  For access to the poster and program (pdf)in pdf. format, available only in French, click here. Poster and programme.pdf  Some contributors’ Powerpoints are available online on the Comptrasec website (Centre de droit comparé du travail et de la sécurité sociale). Click to access the website click here.

Symposium: Westray +20
October 24th to 25th, 2012, University of Ottawa, Ottawa

Two day symposium exploring the reasons why amendments to corporate criminal negligence legislation have not led to more criminal prosecutions. For symposium webpage, click here; for access to conference videos, click here; for access to the pdf. version of the symposium program, click here  Westray Symposium programme

Conference: International Association of Workplace Bullying and Harassment Conference
June 2012, Copenhagen, Denmark

Professor Katherine Lippel acted as convenor of the Special Interest Group on Legal Issues.  For information on the Conference, click here.


Symposium: Gender differences in work exposures in Québec: Implications for policy and practice
May 31st to June 2nd, 2012, Vancouver, BC,
Annual conference of the Canadian Association for Research on Work and Health.

Symposium: Regulating OHS for Precarious Workers
June 17th to 20th, 2011, Deakin University, Melbourne, Australia
Katherine Lippel presents a paper on occupational violence in Québec at the Melbourne School of Population Health in Australia. The expansion of precarious employment carries new risks and complexities for occupational health and safety. This Symposium features presentations by Australian and international experts on regulating OHS for precarious employment to stimulate discussion about current barriers and facilitators to improving OHS; the implications of the proposed Model OHS Laws; and the effectiveness of the supply-chain regulatory approach. The Symposium will be of interest to regulators, to those with responsibilities for managing OHS for precarious workers, for unions representing precarious workers, and for researchers.

Invited paper: Symposium on the Rights of Domestic Workers concerning Workplace Health and Safety
December 2011, the Southwest University of Political Science and Law in Chongqing, China
Professor Katherine Lippel presented at the invitation of the Southwest University of Political Science and Law in Chongqing, China.

Description of photo:  Group photograph of participants in the Symposium on the Rights of Domestic Workers concerning Workplace Health and Safety, held in December 2011 in Chongqing, China.

LOARC Symposium: Stopping the Spread of Psychological Hazards at Work in Québec and Ontario
October 24th to 25th, 2011, University of Ottawa, Ottawa
A teach-in for worker representatives and unions, researchers and practitioners, on coming to grips with violence and harassment and other psychosocial hazards at work.

Conference: Worker Health in a Changing World of Work
May 28th to 29th, 2010, Toronto, Canada
The Canadian Association for Research on Work and Health (CARWH) conference was hosted by the Institute for Work & Health (IWH). Katherine Lippel, Canada Research Chair in Occupational Health and Safety Law, of the University of Ottawa gave the keynote address entitled Invisibility of the health consequences of precarious employment.
Canadian Association for Research on Work and Health (CARWH) May 28-29, 2010

Guest Lecture: How far does China lag behind international standard?
January 11th and 12th, 2010
Professor Mankui Li, visiting professor of the Canada Research Chair on Occupational Health and Safety Law presented this lecture at the joint seminar with the Faculty of Law of the Southwest University of Political Science and Law.

Research seminar in Chile: Reflections through a gender lens
January 11th to 13th, 2010, Santiago, Chile
An international research seminar on psycho-social hazards and the role of labour inspectors and workers’ representatives in their prevention was held at the Universidad Diego Portales, in Santiago de Chile.  As part of the Araucaria research project funded by the Global Health Research Initiative (GHRI), researchers, labour inspectors, and trade union representatives from Chile, Canada (Québec and Ontario), Great Britain, Australia, Spain and Brazil participated in a three day meeting to explore regulation, practices and strategies for better protection of workers’ mental health and reduction of psycho-social hazards and bullying. Topics were examined through a gender lens. The seminar, held in Spanish and English, was organized by the Chair and our research partners, the Centro de Estudios de la Mujer (CEM ) with the collaboration of the Programa de Estudios Psicosociales del Trabajo de la Facultad de Psicología de la Universidad Diego Portales.

Projection:  Bananas!
November 17th 2009, Université du Québec à Montréal, Montréal
Fredrik Gertten’s film, Bananas!, bringing to light the court battle between 12 Nicaraguan plantation workers and Dole Food, is shown for the first time in Canada.  Professor Lippel, Donna Mergler and Bart Simpson, the film’s co-producer, comment on the film afterwards.

Presentation: Coordination of Return-to-Work Stakeholders in a Changing Welfare System
October 30th, 2009, University of Ottawa
The Canada Research Chair on Occupational Health and Safety Law and the Human Rights Research and Education Centre are very pleased to invite you to a presentation by Visiting Researcher, Christian Ståhl of the Swedish National Centre for Work and Rehabilitation at Linköping University.

Presentation: Law, Policy and Workplace Mental
Health in Canada
October 28th to 30th, 2009, Toronto
4th Annual Canadian Congress for Research on Mental Health and Addiction in the Workplace: We Can Do It: Evidence and Interventions for Transforming Mental Health in the Workplace.

Presentation: Workers’ Compensation System in Transition China
October 6th, 2009, Human Rights and Education Centre, University of Ottawa
The Human Rights Centre, in collaboration with the Canada Chair in Occupational Health and Safety Law, had the pleasure to receive Dr. Li, professor at the South West China University. Professor Li presented a Chinese perspective of workers’ compensation systems.

Annual Colloquium : Réseau de recherche en santé et en sécurité du travail du Québec (RRSSTQ)
May 2009, University of Ottawa
The RRSSTQ annual colloquium was held during the Association Francophone pour le savoir (ACFAS) conference.  Three Awards of Excellence were given out at that time.   Participants gathered to discuss the following topics in support of knowledge transfer and exchange of ideas on health and safety at work during the symposium on workplace health and safety, chaired by Katherine Lippel, and also accredited by the Quebec Bar as a continuing education event:
1.    concerns for reasonable accommodation and psychological harassment vs. return to work
2.    effects on health of payment by piece-work  
3.    factors that influence, and effects of, the setting up of management systems for workplace health and safety
4.    access to compensation for asbestos related illnesses
5.    work-family balance
Four (4) topical presentations were made on knowledge transfer, statistics on the acceptance of work accidents that are compensated, compensated needle stick injuries by sutures or hypodermic needles, and mental health of nursing staff in a session presided by Laurent Giraud.
A round table discussion on mental health was chaired by Chantal Aurousseau and Marie Alderson.
Five (5) students presented results of their research. Three (3) awards of excellence were handed out to Stéphanie Premji (University of California), Isabelle Aubé (University of Ottawa) and Myriam Lavallée (Université Laval) (jury : Laurent Giraud and Sylvie Nadeau).  Congratulations to all!

Isabelle Aubé, Rachel Cox et Katherine Lippel. La protection juridique des droits fondamentaux et de la santé mentale au travail, JurisClasseur Québec – Collection Thema , ISBN: 9780433472988

M. Vézina, M., E. Cloutier, S. Stock, K. Lippel, É. Fortin et al. (2011). Québec Survey on Working and Employment Conditions and Occupational Health and Safety (EQCOTESST) Published Sept 20, 2011.

Katherine Lippel, guest editor with Michael Quinlan of a special issue of Safety Science:  Psychosocial Hazards in the Workplace: Challenges for Regulators, Labour Inspectors and Worker Representatives Volume 49, Issue 4, Pages 543-606 (April 2011).

Katherine Lippel, guest editor of a special issue of Comparative Labor Law & Policy Journal The Law of Workplace Bullying: an International Overview, Fall, 2010, no 32 Comparative Labor Law & Policy Journal.
This issue brings together eight contributions from legal scholars and specialists in workplace bullying from four continents, who report on the state of the law governing a specific form of workplace abuse alternatively described as workplace bullying, psychological harassment, moral harassment, victimization, or mobbing.

PDFs of articles are available below.









Katherine Lippel publishes new report on Workers’ compensation for asbestos related disease titled
Workers’ compensation for asbestos related diseases in Canada (2009-2010).

Katherine Lippel publishes with JurisClasseur Québec – Inspired by the classic French legal encyclopedia, JurisClasseur Québec has just published two new treatises on labour law for Québec: Rapports individuels et collectifs du travail  and  Santé et Sécurité du travail.

Visiting scholar professor Mankui Li has just published a Chinese translation of  Robert Bureau, Katherine Lippel & Lucie Lamarche, The Evolution of Social Laws in Canada (Mankui Li eds. and trans.,), in Symposium on Economic Law , vol. 7, at 373-394. (Beijing: China Qunzhong Press 2010).


On the Move: Employment-Related Geographical Mobility in the Canadian Context
FALL 2012
The On the Move Partnership is a 7-year national scale research study with international links, which will look comparatively at the spectrum of employment-related geographical mobility and its consequences for workers, families, employers, communities, and Canadian municipal, provincial and federal governments.  The project is made possible through a Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) award as well as contributions from other sources.
Katherine Lippel is lead on the policy component.

On the Move is a study on the health, social and legal effects of employment-related geographical mobility (E-RGM), featuring professors Delphine Nakache (Social Sciences), Ivy Bourgeault (Health Sciences) and Katherine Lippel (Law), from the University of Ottawa as well as researchers from Memorial University and elsewhere in Canada
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SSHRC supports postsecondary-based research, research training and knowledge mobilization activities in the social sciences and humanities.

Proyecto Araucaria (Chile)
January 2012
The Araucaria project (Research, policy and practice with regard to work-related mental health problems in Chile: a gender perspective), was comprised of two axes of research: a) a study, in Chile, whose aim was to identify risk factors affecting workers’ mental health, particularly as they relate to new form of work organization and gender and social differences and inequalities; and b) a comparative analysis of various legal and policy instruments and tools addressing work related mental health issues in Canada, Chile and internationally, in order to identify best practices and policies to promote mental health at work.  In January 2012, as part of closing activities for the project, researchers, students and stakeholders from Chile, Canada (both Québec and Ontario), Great Britain, Australia, Spain, Uruguay, Belgium, France, Colombia and Brazil met for three days in Santiago, Chile to share the results obtained since the beginning of the project.  We also shared research experiences, and discussed the implications of these results on policies and practices addressing mental health issues in the workplace.  The seminar was held in English and in Spanish and was jointly organized by the Canada Research Chair in Occupational Health and Safety Law, the Centro de Estudios de la Mujer (CEM), and the Programa de Estudios Psicosociales del Trabajo de la Facultad de Psicología de la Universidad Diego Portales.  The Araucaria project was carried out with support from the Global Health Research Initiative (GHRI), a collaborative research funding partnership of the Canadian Institutes of Health Research, the Canadian International Development Agency, Health Canada, the International Development Research Centre, and the Public Health Agency of Canada.

Workers’ Compensation Systems and their Consequences for Injured Workers: A Comparative Study in Quebec and Ontario of the role of doctors (2009-2012).
March 2009
The Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) has funded a research programme on the role of doctors in the workers’ compensation system.

Katherine Lippel meeting a delegation from Japan
Katherine Lippel met a delegation from Japan, from the Ritsumeikan Asbestos Research Project, when they visited the CINBIOSE , in Montreal on September 8th 2010.

Members of the delegation were interested in compensation systems for occupational disease related to asbestos exposure. They were also interested in compensation for asbestos-related disease for those who are environmentally exposed, outside of the workplace. In France and Japan compensation systems exist for all those who develop disease related to asbestos exposure, but in Canada only those who are exposed at work have access to compensation. For more details on compensation systems in Canada see this report .

Law Foundation of Ontario supports research  
Katherine Lippel, chairholder of the Canada Research Chair in Occupational Health and Safety Law, is grateful for the support of the Law Foundation of Ontario, for the purchase of legal literature on occupational health and safety law in common law provinces. Legal scholars, students and related researchers at the Law and Occupational Health and Safety Research Laboratory will benefit from access to an enhanced collection of legal literature on this subject, thanks to the $25,000 grant from the Law Foundation of Ontario.

Isabelle Aubé cited in  La Presse
Re:  les travailleurs québécois disposent de recours en cas de harcèlement psychologique au travail

Spanish language interviews  on psycho-social risk factors
Paloma Martínez
Talvez alguna vez ha sentido malestares en su lugar de trabajo... usted no está solo. La mayoría de las personas han vivido algo similar en algún momento en el ámbito laboral y no sólo eso, hay en el mundo, miles de estudiosos de la salud en el trabajo. Desde el lunes pasado y hasta hoy se lleva a cabo en la ciudad de Quebec, la 3ª Conferencia Internacional sobre los Factores Psico-Sociales en el Trabajo.

Entrevista: Dr. Manuel Parra, miembro del comité científico de la Comisión Internacional de la Salud en el Trabajo.

Katherine Lippel


University of Ottawa Award for Excellence in Research
October 2010
Katherine Lippel is 2010 winner of the University of Ottawa.

Royal Society of Canada
September 2010
Professors Daniel Castillo Durante and Katherine Lippel elected Fellows of the Royal Society of Canada.

Centrale des Syndicats du Québec, Merit Award
June 2009
At the 2009 conference of the Centrale des Syndicats du Québec, Katherine Lippel was presented with the union's award for merit for her contributions to the movement especially in research and education for members and representatives.

Governor General's award in commemoration of the Persons Case
Long-time collaborator, colleague and friend, Karen Messing is a recipient of the Governor General’s award in commemoration of the Persons Case, recognizing individuals who have made outstanding contributions to the goal of equality for women and girls in Canada.

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