Community of practice

Undergraduate programs

The École de technologie supérieure offers undergraduate courses that cover basic concepts in occupational health and safety.

The following courses focus entirely on acquiring skills related to occupational health and safety:
Course code Title OHS Content
GIA601 Ergonomie et sécurité en milieu industriel
(Ergonomics and Safety in an Industrial Environment) (3 cr.)
Capacities and limits of the human body, ergonomics, risk analysis, occupational safety
GPO602 Évaluation et contrôle de l’environnement industriel 
(Industrial Environment Evaluation and Control) (3 cr.) 
Industrial health and hygiene
MEC636 Acoustique industrielle
(Industrial Acoustics) (3 cr.)
Assessment and protection of workers from noise-related risks

The following courses partially cover some fundamental concepts in occupational health and safety
Course code Title OHS Content
PRE010 Initiation au milieu industriel, à la santé et à la sécurité au travail (Introduction to The Industrial Environment, Health and Safety)
(1 cr.)
Introduction to occupational health and safety
GTS502 Risques dans le secteur de la santé : sources et techniques d’évaluation (Health Sector Risks: Sources and Assessment Techniques) (3 cr.) Engineer obligations, risk analysis
GTS503 Technologies de la santé, normes
et homologation

(Health Technologies, Standards and Approval) (3 cr.)
Standards and approval
MEC402 Production et fabrication industrielles (Industrial Production and Manufacturing) (3 cr.) Study of work and motion economies
MEC523 Conception vibratoire et dynamique des structures  (Vibration Design and Structural Dynamics) (3 cr.) Design that limits the amount of vibrations transmitted to the human body
MEC529 Éléments de machines
(Machine Elements) (3 cr.)
Introduction to work safety in machine design
MEC620 Matériaux composites (Composites) (3 cr.) Study of contaminants
MEC625 Technologie du soudage (Welding Technology) (3 cr.) Welding hygiene and safety
MEC628 Conception de systèmes à fluide sous pression (Pressure Fluid System Design) (3 cr.) Hydraulic and pneumatic machine safety
MEC630 Ventilation et chauffage
(Ventilation and Heating) (3 cr.)
Thermal comfort and indoor air quality for buildings
MEC741 Robotique (Robotics) (3 cr.) Robotic system safety
MEC753 Gestion de projets industriels (Industrial Project management)
(3 cr.)
Human risk management
MEC761 Essais mécaniques et contrôle non destructif (Mechanical and Non-destructive Testing) (3 cr.) Ionising radiation safety
MEC763 Techniques de maintenance industrielle (Industrial Maintenance Techniques) (3 cr.) Machine maintenance and risk analysis

Graduate Programs

The graduate program at ETS is specialized in applied engineering and industrial technology transfer.

EREST, an efficient and unique graduate training : technical challenge, social commitment, prevention engineering.

The team assembles a community of practice made up of more than 300 students, practitioners and researchers in occupational safety. Students have access to knowledge infrastructures such as a web-portal for resources in occupational health and safety, a scientific conference held annually (CIRI), a scientific journal (JI-IRI), monthly noon-hour meetings, two international scientific forums in ergonomics and nanosafety.

A unique direction functioning in an interdisciplinary collegial mode promotes acquisition of skills considered indispensable in research. Moreover, the students interact with industry as well as staff from international and regional centers.

The current aims of the team
Risk management

Managing occupational health and safety risks
This goal is aimed at developing a model for the management of risks taking into account the strategic behaviours of stakeholders. Efforts consist in constructing a model for OHS risk management for self-employed and versatile work in uncertain environments. Principal applications are in the sectors of moving, erection of steel structures and upgrading of urban infrastructure. One component of risk management from nanoparticles is in development.

Integrated risk management
This axis seeks to develop integrated risk management tools. Development work focuses on formulating models integrating OHS risks with operational risks. Applications affect:

  • integrating equipment lockouts with production imperatives;
  • evaluating the performance of suppliers in the manufacturing industry;
  • integrating risks posed by lift trucks in the design of cell/flexible manufacturing;
  • integrating OHS risks with the management of industrial projects;
  • integrating questions surrounding the rate of return from mineral extraction and syndrome risks posed by toxic organic dusts.

Safety design of equipment and work station

This axis seeks to prevent injuries caused by activating, loading and maintaining dangerous machinery. To this end, efforts are focused on:

  • evaluating and improving the safety of new control systems for industrial machinery by adding material and software redundancy;
  • developing new protective approaches using control and vision technologies based on those employed in aeronautics and aerospace;
  • reducing at source noise from these machines. Three applications are targeted: folding presses, felling devices in forestry, nailers and bostitchers.

Industrial hygiene

Biosafety of nanoparticles
This axis seeks:
  • to study dispersal of nanoparticles in the environment with a view to predicting levels of exposure and identifying control measures afforded through engineering, such as ventilation;
  • to demonstrate the pulmonary toxicity of these particles through cellular models (e.g. whole blood, basophilic strand or EpiAirway);
  • to develop a standardized model for evaluation of risks posed by these particles. Among others, applications include TiO2, quantum wells, multi-walled carbon nanotubes and particles generated during high speed machining.

Air quality
This axis focuses on the experimental and numerical study of thermo-ventilation movements within buildings aimed at improving air quality, thermal comfort, bio-safety and developing optimal ventilation strategies.

Preventing musculo-skeletal injuries

Herniated disc mechanism
Development work examines construction of a non-linear elastic model to better understand herniated disc mechanism in the L5/S1 region.

Design of protective equipment

This axis examines ways to promote technical and user-friendly improvement (comfort and range of movement) in various types of personal protective equipment (PPE) and to develop
multi-criteria approaches for their evaluation and selection. Two PPE are targeted: anti-fall systems and auditory protection.

The short Masters level program, the DESS and the M.Sc.A and M.Ing. programs are all offered in versions intended to provide students with the opportunity to acquire knowledge and skills useful for the professional practice of engineering specialized in the field of occupational safety and industrial systems testing, that is, the design and improvement of processes, standards, equipment technical specifications or industrial systems, with the aim of monitoring, reducing or eliminating risks or exposures that are potentially harmful to humans, to property of others or to the environment. These programs have been developed on the basis of the requirements of the Canadian Council of Cerfified Safety Professionals in order to facilitate obtaining Certified Safety Professional status.
For information on the courses offered within these programs, please follow these links:
Masters degree in engineering, specialized in occupational health and safety risk engineering - with project, course type

For additional information on technical projects or research (M.A.Sc, M. Eng. and Ph.D.), contact the EREST researcher whose expertise meets your needs. 

Continuing education

The Career Development Service of the Ecole de technologie supérieure offers training courses in occupational health and safety management system implementation and auditing in compliance with OHSAS 18001-1999 and ISO 19011-2002. See the list of seminars offered.

Scientific platforms

  The Sustainability and Risk Management Sub-committee of the International Ergonomics Association (IEA). This sub-committee is part of the Human Factors and Sustainable Development technical committee chaired by K.J. Zink (University of Kaiserslautern - Germany) and C.G. Drury (University at Buffalo - United States).
Occupational safety axis of the Réseau de recherche en santé et en sécurité du travail (RRSSTQ)
The nanotoxicology axis of the Réseau de recherche en santé et en sécurité du travail (RRSSTQ)
The International Team in NanosafeTy (TITNT). This platform brings together researchers from five countries: S. Hallé, K. Maghni, L. Vandelac and C. Emond (Canada), O. Joliette (United States), S. Hirano (Japan), F. Schuster and C. Rolando (France) and A. Meyer-Plath (Germany).

Web portals

  The Guide des ressources en santé et en sécurité du travail  (Occupational health and safety resource guide): This guide allows for quick access to print or electronic resources, selected by ETS librarians, and classified based on document type or research topic.