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

Developing design requirements for an OHS risk assessment tool for supervisory training instructors in the “Work-Oriented Training Path”


Adolescents with learning disabilities are particularly vulnerable in terms of occupational health and safety (OHS) because they have manual jobs, are inexperienced and may have problems understanding, making it harder to learn about OHS.

In Québec, the Work-Oriented Training Path (WOTP) is designed to prepare learning-disabled young people for the job market through work-study programs and workplace training as a learning mode.

A key issue for these young people is using the training to develop OHS skills. Under the WOTP, the instructor in charge of training integration, supervision and assessment is pivotal in developing basic OHS training. These instructors ensure that risks present during the training do not compromise the learning process and health of students and help them develop OHS skills.

The purpose of this activity is to develop an appropriate tool to help supervisory training instructors assess workplace OHS risks. Such a tool could be useful in other workplace integration contexts involving a three-way supervisory relationship (e.g., vocational training, placement of agency employees).

Additional Information

Type: Project
Number: 2014-0016
Status: Completed
Year of completion: 2017
  • Marie Laberge (Centre hospitalier universitaire Sainte-Justine)
  • Curtis Breslin (Institute for Work and Health)
  • Ellen MacEachen (Institute for Work and Health)