| From toxic risk to physical and psychological well-being, INRS conducts research to better understand occupational risks, analyse their impact on human health at work, and propose means of prevention.
From toxic risk to physical and psychological well-being, INRS conducts research to better understand occupational risks, analyse their impact on human health at work, and propose means of prevention.
The research activities, which today account for 40 % of the activity of the institute, are carried out by some 300 people in six departments and 25 specialised laboratories. They contribute to the production of knowledge and solutions in the field of occupational risk prevention. The practical outcomes of this research are many: new methods, patents, information brochures, training, new apparatus and software as well as national and international publications.
The origin of a research project forming part of the INRS programme, the average duration of which is three years, generally responds to the concerns formulated by health and occupational risk prevention departments (enterprises, occupational physicians, French Prevention Institution, etc.). All projects are assessed by an independent scientific commission on both the launch and closure of a project (lien vers INRS' Scientific Commission). This systematic peer assessment is the guarantor of the scientific credibility of work.
In addition, a scientific watch and foresight approach allows the anticipation of future occupational risks by integrating emerging subjects into research programmes. The current priority areas concern the risks attached to nanoparticles, with substantial action in the area of toxicology, metrology and means of prevention. Some 30 INRS members of staff are currently working on this topic. Psychosocial risks are also a priority, with research on stress, isolation, violence and emotional load. Last but not least, some research projects are conducted in partnership with universities and national and international research bodies.