IRSST - Institut de recherche Robert-Sauvé en santé et en sécurité du travail

Effects of Interorganizational Knowledge Transfer on Employer Engagement in OHS: Workplace Accident Investigations


In Québec, any fatal or severe accident in the workplace gives rise to an investigation by the Commission des normes, de l'équité, de la santé et de la sécurité du travail (CNESST). On completing the investigation, the CNESST hands down a number of requirements and recommendations for correcting the hazardous situation that caused the accident. This exchange amounts to an interorganizational transfer of knowledge.

However, it is not a conventional transfer, since the company receiving the knowledge is not acting of its own accord but is under an obligation to cooperate with the investigation and to apply the knowledge transferred by the CNESST.

The aim of this research project is to examine the effects of such knowledge transfers on employer engagement in safety and prevention. The results could be of use to various stakeholders, in particular the CNESST, who could better assess the knowledge transfers stemming from its investigations and see how to improve them.

Additional Information

Type: Project
Number: 2017-0046
Status: Ongoing
  • Cheikh Faye (Université du Québec à Chicoutimi)