Montréal. Il a pour mission la promotion et la valorisation de la recherche. Érudit offre des services d'édition numérique de documents scientifiques depuis 1998. Note : les règles d'écriture des références bibliographiques peuvent varier selon les différents domaines du savoir. Ce document est protégé par la loi sur le droit d'auteur. L'utilisation des services d'Érudit (y compris la reproduction) est assujettie à sa politique d'utilisation que vous pouvez consulter à l'URI An initial observation by the work safety research community of the Quebec Occupational Health and Safety Research Network (QOHSRN) reveals that occupational safety, an aspect affecting all industrial sectors, requires international exchanges to meet the objectives and expand the knowledge gained within the network. This historical review is also meant to show the diversity of the work safety research community goals and the need to develop intersectoral research projects. The growing and essential involvement of student members within the research community ensures a solid future in that regard. introduction The integration of occupational health and safety (OHS) in industrial practices aimed at operations and their performance is a major concern among various stakeholders targeting a global risk management approach. Researchers and practitioners are looking to improve work conditions to create a better quality of working life, while increasing the productivity of human and material resources. The spectacular technological development, changes in laws and regulations , market globalization, complexity of production systems and organizational Acknowledgements: The chair of the work safety research community and her assistant would like to thank all component members for their motivation and perseverance in their respective research activities, in regard to occupational safety. They would also like to thank J. Dagenais for proofreading the French version of this paper.