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

1996: Field research


The IRSST’s scientific leadership was confirmed yet again with ASTM International’s recognition of the Institute’s method for characterizing isocyanates. A commercial agreement was also signed with an American company for the production and distribution of the double-filter sampling system developed by the Institute’s laboratories.


The IRSST became a Canadian pioneer in research on new environment-related occupations (green jobs). A first study on domestic waste sorting and composting facilities characterized the chemical and biological contaminants involved and proposed an industrial hygiene strategy adapted to this new industry sector. Other studies were under way on recyclable waste-sorting plants and air quality in wastewater treatment plants.. This breakthrough helped ease workers’ concerns about bacterial risks.