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

About the Institut de recherche Robert-Sauvé en santé et en sécurité du travail (IRSST)

The IRSST contributes to workers’ health and safety through research, its laboratories’ expertise, and knowledge dissemination and transfer, with a view to promoting prevention and sustainable return to work.

The Institut de recherche Robert-Sauvé en santé et en sécurité du travail (IRSST), established in Québec since 1980, is a scientific research organization well known for the expertise of its personnel and the quality of its work. The IRSST is a non-profit organization with a Board of Directors composed of an equal number of employer and worker representatives. The Commission des normes, de l'équité, de la santé et de la sécurité du travail (CNESST) provides most of the Institute’s funding directly from the assessments paid by employers. The Institute has also been a registered charity since 1982.

Mission

In keeping with the spirit of the Act respecting occupational health and safety (AOHS) and the Act respecting industrial accidents and occupational diseases (AIAOD), the IRSST’s mission is to contribute to workers’ health and safety through research, its laboratories’ expertise, and knowledge dissemination and transfer, with a view to promoting prevention and sustainable return to work.

 

Vision

  • A leader in the advancement and mobilization of scientific and technical knowledge in occupational health and safety, we are recognized at the national and international levels for the quality and relevance of our achievements.
  • Present and influential on our OHS partners and in the public sphere, our expertise informs our actions aimed at improving the health and safety of Québec workers.
  • A forum for collaboration, creativity and innovation, we offer a healthy and exemplary work environment that supports initiative and the recognition of individual and collective achievements.

 

Values

Proud of our mission and committed to achieving our vision, we embody the following values:

  • Excellence, as the foundation of the IRSST’s credibility and leadership
  • Agility, to anticipate and respond to needs and emerging problems
  • Openness, to capitalize on the diversity of people, ideas and disciplines
  • Integrity and transparency, as the heart of our work, exchanges and actions

 

Strategic Orientations

The IRSST has adopted major strategic orientations to accomplish its mission:

SHARE knowledge

Sharing knowledge with our partners in Québec’s OHS network, workplaces, the scientific community, and, as the case may be, the general public, is essential to advancing reflection and action regarding occupational health and safety.

ASSIST our partners in improving OHS conditions for workers

It is vital that we remain attentive to our social partners in order to thoroughly understand their needs, respond appropriately through research, knowledge transfer and mobilization or laboratory activities, and ultimately maximize the pertinence and impact of our work.

WORK TOGETHER to create a lever effect

Collaborating and sharing resources with organizations of interest, including some of international renown, tangibly enhances the IRSST’s capacity to explore new horizons, expand the scope of its work and increase the potential benefits deriving therefrom.

COMMIT collectively and individually to realizing the full potential of our organization

Some of the conditions required to successfully support the IRSST’s short-, medium- and long-term development include combining our efforts to build a more stimulating, healthier and safer work environment, modernizing our work management tools and upgrading our facilities.

The IRSST, proud creator and communicator of knowledge

Under the theme of “the IRSST, proud creator and communicator of knowledge”, the 2022-2025 Strategic Plan provides an updated version of its mission, vision and values, and defines its main areas for development over the next four years.

 

Download the strategic plan

Organization

The IRSST team is composed of some 150 individuals, including a scientific corps of more than 80 researchers, professionals and technicians from various disciplines: ergonomics, industrial hygiene, chemistry, physics, engineering, sociology, anthropology, demography and psychology.