OCCUPATIONAL HEALTH AND SAFETY
2019-2020 Auditor General’s Report
The recommendations of Québec’s Auditor General, Guylaine Leclerc, were welcomed by unions in health and services. These recommendations were based on her audit of the CNESST’s prevention work in occupational health and safety. (The CNESST is the Labour Standards, Pay Equity and Occupational Health and Safety Commission.) The report calls for prevention work to be given greater importance and be better organized. In the Auditor General’s assessment, "programming inspections on the basis of set priorities is not efficient." While hailing the fact that in terms of inspections, the health sector has been a new priority since 2017, she lamented that this sector is nonetheless being “left behind.”
The report points out that psychological health, while a concern for the CNESST, is not included as a priority in its 2017-2019 plan. In an inter-union press release, the president of the APTS called on the CNESST to take immediate action on this front.
Chapter 3 of the report, which is devoted to occupational health and safety, is found on pages 54 to 103.