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To mark the IRSST’s 25th anniversary, President and CEO Diane Gaudet launched the OSER initiative aimed at realigning the Institute’s strategic orientations to enhance research. She entrusted the evaluation of the Institute’s performance and the relevance of its scientific activities to an external evaluation committee chaired by Gretta Chambers.
Diane Gaudet, présidente-directrice générale, 2002-2007
Québec’s National Assembly nanimously adopted a motion of congratulations presented by Minister of Labour Laurent Lessard in honour of the IRSST’s 25th anniversary. The purpose was for MLAs to highlight the event by attesting to the “vitality of the research and the usefulness of its findings as a means of reducing occoupational injuries and eliminating hazards at source, and by acknowledging the tenacity and quality of the personnel working there.” Excerpt from the Journal des débats
Excerpt from Journal des débats
Partnering with NIOSH and the National Jewish Medical and Research Center, the IRSST organized the 5th International Beryllium Research Conference. The event gave some 30 speakers from eight countries an opportunity to pool the fruits of their research to help prevent berylliosis. See the list of papers presented by the speakers.
The IRSST and NanoQuébec signed a partnership agreement aimed at developing and disseminating knowledge in order to prevent occupational accidents and diseases associated with nanotechnologies. The publication of a literature review on the health risks posed by nanomaterials sparked great interest.
Health and Safety Laboratory
The Institute also signed a framework partnership agreement with the Health and Safety Laboratory of the United Kingdom aimed at promoting broader exchanges and the pooling of human, financial and physical resources in order to maximize the advancement of knowledge.
The IRSST and the CSST filed a joint brief at a public consultation held by the Québec government’s Secrétariat à la jeunesse. Titled Vers une culture de la prévention (Toward a prevention culture), the brief highlighted the fact that young people under age 25 injure themselves at work in sufficiently large numbers as to render the situation a public health concern. The document put forward recommendations about the actions to take, particularly that of integrating OHS into the government’s youth action strategy.