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

Vocational training and OHS. Exploring the issues concerning students and instructors in vocational training centres in the dynamic context of teaching and learning


Vocational training centres (VTCs), which teach approximately 150 trades, are a favoured place for learning OHS practices. OHS instruction is complex and requires resources and environments adapted to needs, which the VTCs do not always seem to have. In addition, the teaching material mainly refers to behavioural guidelines. How can prudent knowledge be transmitted, particularly to the youngest, who are not concerned about OHS problems? A study carried out in a VTC shows that students are injured during training and that they arrive on the job with physical limitations and a negative vision of OHS. The researchers will examine these issues in two VTCs by documenting the risk factors in question and by considering the training dynamic involving the students and teachers. This entails understanding the issues, the key players and the OHS integration practices in teaching and learning. This study, included in the IRSST's Youth and OHS program, will result in intervention and assistance proposals. It will also lead to the development of a project, in collaboration with the network of professionals from the VTCs involved, aimed at delving more deeply into the priority aspects of this issue.

Additional Information

Type: Project
Number: 0099-6810
Status: Completed
Year of completion: 2012
  • Céline Chatigny (Université du Québec à Montréal )
  • France Jutras (Université de Sherbrooke)
  • Élise Ledoux (IRSST)
  • Charles Gagné (IRSST)
  • Élisabeth Mazalon (Université de Sherbrooke)
  • Nicole Vézina (Université du Québec à Montréal )
  • Serge-André Girard (Institut national de santé publique du Québec)
  • Jessica Riel (Université du Québec à Montréal )