Québec workers aged 15 to 29 are more vulnerable to physical hazards in the workplace than older workers

Montréal, November 29, 2017. – The Institut de la statistique du Québec published today a Zoom santé newsletter that looks at certain aspects of occupational health among young Québecers aged 15 to 29, two thirds of whom have a paid job.

First, the study shows that 30% of young workers are exposed to a high level of physical hazards, compared to 20% of older workers. Both men and those aged 15 to 19 tend to be more affected. Working in a standing position for extended periods of time is the most common type of hazard, affecting 48% of young workers aged 15 to 29.

This study also reveals that certain workplace injuries are associated with a high level of physical hazards. One out of five young workers (22%) suffers from musculoskeletal disorders, and women are more likely to be affected. Injuries due to repetitive movements affect 4.1% of young workers, while 3.6% of them suffer from “accidental” injuries.

This survey drew upon data from the Québec Population Health Survey, 2014-2015, conducted by the Institut de la statistique du Québec at the request of the Ministère de la Santé et des Services sociaux. The survey was carried out among 45,760 people in 17 health regions.


The Institut de la statistique du Québec produces, analyzes and disseminates official, objective and quality statistical information on various aspects of Québec society. It is responsible for conducting all statistical surveys of general interest. The relevance of its work makes it a strategic ally for decision makers and all those wishing to learn more about Québec.

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