In 1978, the Government of Québec launched a vast public consultation process with the publication of its white paper on occupational health and safety. This White Paper generated a true public debate within Québec society and set forth the government’s goals regarding occupational health and safety (OHS).
The creation of the IRSST in 1980 undoubtedly helped rectify the situation. Today, most of the OHS research activities in Québec are conducted or funded by the IRSST. Also, thanks to research mappings and links established with other research centres, we are cognizant of the problems targeted by other research centres around the globe. Regarding the applicability of the results obtained, the Institute invests great energy in transferring knowledge to ensure their usefulness in workplaces.