Applying Learnings from the Physiological Demands Research at the 2016 International Mine Rescue Competition (IMRC)

Speaker: Dr. Sandra Dorman

Speaker Bio: Dr. Sandra Dorman is an Associate Professor in Human Kinetics in the Faculty of Health at Laurentian University and the Director of the Centre for Research in Occupational Safety and Health (CROSH). Her expertise is in physiology/pharmacology and her research program focuses on health promotion and disease prevention in the occupational setting. Her recent work has centered around fatigue-mitigation in physically-demanding workforces with high incidences of fatigue-related injuries (i.e. occupational athletes). She has authored over 25 papers and received over $2 million in research funding.

Webinar Description: In 2016, Sudbury hosted the International Mine Rescue Competition – this once-in-a-lifetime event provided an opportunity to study Mine Rescue teams globally. Twenty-seven teams competed in a real underground mining accident simulation. We collected continuous, real-time physiological data including body temperature in roughly 60% of the participants throughout the 2 hour simulation. This research will directly respond to recommendations from the Ministry of Labour’s ‘Mining Health and Safety Prevention Review’: the need to understand and develop fitness requirements for Canadian Mine Rescue workers and develop novel methods to manage and prevent heat stress incidents during a mine rescue.

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