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

Sustainable return to work in small and medium-sized enterprises


Research team: Iuliana Nastasia, IRSST; Marie-France Coutu, Université de Sherbrooke; Valérie Lederer, Université du Québec en Outaouais; Alexandra Lecours, Université du Québec à Trois-Rivières; Romain Rives, IRSST

Small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) make up the majority of companies in Québec’s manufacturing sector. Workers in these enterprises are particularly vulnerable to musculoskeletal disorders (MSDs). Studies on the management of disabilities and sustainable return to work (S-RTW) post-MSD generally concern large enterprises. While the basic principles of disability management may also be applicable to SMEs, these companies may need specific strategies based on their particular characteristics, needs and resources.

The aim of this project is to detail strategies for managing disabilities and sustainable return to work post-MSD in these smaller companies. The research team will draw up a portrait of disability and S-RTW management in SMEs in the manufacturing sector to shed light on their particular needs and constraints. They will identify potential levers for developing innovative practices that promote S-RTW in these companies, based on their characteristics, needs and resources.

 Volunteers needed for this study.

Additional Information

Type: Project
Number: 2018-0042
Status: Ongoing
Research Field: Occupational Rehabilitation