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Sudbury research centre lands provincial funds

Funds will continue CROSH operations for next five years
Cutline: A CROSH student member shows a wildland firefighter a portable data collector that’s worn in the field.

Sudbury’s occupational safety research centre has received $2.5 million in provincial funds to keep it going over the next five years.

The funding, going to the Centre for Research in Occupational Safety and Health (CROSH), was announced by the Ministry of Labour, Immigration, Training and Skills Development on April 18.

Based on the campus of Laurentian University, CROSH researchers work alongside Northern Ontario employers to develop solutions to common industry problems.

“This investment allows us to expand our research services and student training while maintaining our system partner collaborations,” Sandra Dorman, CROSH’s director, said in a news release.

“It also underscores the province’s commitment to the long-term sustainability of the first Occupational Health and Safety Research Centre addressing the specific research needs of Northern Ontario.”

CROSH’s $1-million workplace simulator mimics scenarios commonly found in Northern Ontario workplaces to enable testing in a lab setting. The centre also has a mobile lab that allows researchers to travel to worksites to implement solutions.

CROSH has been operational since 2008.