Proceedings of international scientific conferences organised by INRS
INRS has launched a series of international scientific conferences on occupational health research. These conferences, organized jointly by INRS with French and international partner organizations and institutes, aim to take stock of current knowledge and strategies in the field of prevention.
Biological risks in the workplace : state of knowledge (2019)
The biological risks conference held in Nancy from 5 to 7 June 2019 brought together more than 200 participants from about twenty countries. Speakers reviewed these risks in the occupational environment, with four successive sessions addressing the effects of biological agents on the health of exposed workers, the methods and strategies for the qualitative and quantitative assessment of biological risks, the characteristics of exposure at workstations, and the preventive measures that can be implemented to reduce exposure.
WAW 2019 - Wellbeing at work in a changing world: challenges and opportunities (2019)
INRS organized and hosted the 2019 edition of the conference on Wellbeing at Work in association with the Partnership for European Research in Occupational Safety and Health (PEROSH). Many different topics were addressed during this conference : influence of diverse working conditions (environment) and changes on wellbeing, wellbeing of different groups of workers, interventions and industrial practices to promote wellbeing at work... The conference in Paris was in line with the previous Wellbeing at Work Conferences held in Amsterdam (2016), Copenhagen (2014), Manchester (2012) and Helsinki (2010). The aims were to share state-of-the-art knowledge, best practices and innovations, from very specific and specialised pieces of research to very pragmatic industrial practices,
The book of abstracts is available
INNOVORG – Technological innovation and organisational changes: the potential impacts on prevention (2017)
In March 2017, INRS held a multidisciplinary scientific conference called “Technological and organisational changes: the potential impacts on prevention”. It was organised in association with the Partnership for European Research in Occupational Safety and Health (PEROSH).
Technological developments have the potential to improve occupational health and safety and help people remain at and return to work. However, if they are not controlled, they may just as likely be detrimental to the health of workers. People must be placed at the centre of the change process and the effects must be anticipated so that the health of workers remains pivotal in present and future developments.
The conference was intended at researchers, experts and practitioners in human and social sciences, engineering science, occupational health, biomechanics, physiology and more generally all occupational safety and health actors. More than 270 people attended.
For more information (programme, power point presentations), visit the Conference website.
Chemicals with special hazards: occupational risks and prevention (2016)
In June 2016, INRS organised the symposium “Chemicals with special hazards: occupational risks and prevention” together with the Chemistry section of the International Social Security Association (ISSA). Endocrine disruptors and sensitising substances are two classes of substances with special hazards. This conference reviewed the effects of these substances on the health of exposed workers, the jobs concerned, the risks involved and the prevention solutions to be recommended.
The event was intended for institutional OSH professionals, labour inspection, OSH practitioners in companies, safety and health managers, safety engineers, occupational physicians, toxicologists and occupational hygienists, etc.
For more information (programme, Power Point presentations), visit the Conference website.
Chemical Risk – Innovative methods and techniques (2015)
In April 2015, INRS held a multidisciplinary scientific conference on “Chemical risk: Innovative methods and techniques”. This multidisciplinary scientific conference was organised in association with the Partnership for European Research in Occupational Safety and Health (PEROSH). It was primarily intended for researchers and experts specialised in occupational chemical risk, as well as OSH professionals in companies and occupational physicians. The 2015 edition primarily focused on the innovative and original nature of methods used to assess or reduce chemical risk. The conference was attended by 360 people.
Click here to view the full programme and presentation materials (only in French) and here for videos of the presentations.
Air Monitoring and Biomonitoring (2014)
INRS and a dozen international partners organised Airmon 2014, the 8th international symposium on physico-chemical monitoring of air quality and biomonitoring. The symposium was held in Marseille in June 2014. The working language was English, and nearly 200 people attended.
Characterising exposure to chemical and biological agents in the workplace and the environment requires sensitive and user-friendly methods and relevant sampling strategies. The goal of Airmon was to promote knowledge of newly developed methods and strategies. Regulatory issues were also addressed.
The event was intended for researchers, policy makers and practitioners in occupational health and environmental sciences. For more information (programme, list of posters, etc.), visit the Airmon 2014 website.
The papers were published in the British Journal of Environmental Science: Processes & Impacts published by the Royal Society of Chemistry.
Occupational allergies (2013)
In April 2013, INRS held a multidisciplinary conference in Nancy on occupational allergies. “Occupational allergies” was organised by INRS with support from the Partnership for European Research in Occupational Safety and Health (PEROSH). The conference addressed three major themes: risks related to occupational exposure to allergens, measurement of the allergenic potential of substances, and risk assessment and prevention measures.
The conference was primarily intended for researchers, experts, OSH professionals and physicians from a variety of fields (allergology, toxicology, occupational health and safety, biomonitoring, ethics, etc.) and aimed at exchanging the latest findings and discussing research needs in the area of occupational allergies. The conference was also aimed at assisting those who draft legislation to identify, highlight and regulate the risks associated with exposure to allergens. Conference paper summaries and presentation materials (Lien DOC 5), as well as a conference report can be downloaded.
New media, new technologies and OSH knowledge dissemination (2013)
In the media, society and the scientific community, we are facing new trends and behaviours. Mobile devices such as mobiles, tablets, specific media venues and different platforms are shaping our use of technology in relatively unknown ways. Are we facing a changing role for scientists, communication professionals and OSH researchers? What are the key ingredients in successful strategies and how do we know if they really make a difference? This conference was organised by INRS and the Partnership for European Research in Occupational Safety and Health network (PEROSH).
To view the full programme, presentation materials and the videos of the presentations, visit the website.
Industrial Ventilation (2012)
Ventilation 2012, the 10th international conference on industrial ventilation, was held from 17-19 September 2012 in Paris. It was intended for experts in industrial ventilation, occupational hygiene, climate-control engineering for buildings and industrial processes, institutional opinion leaders and academics.
Ventilation 2012 was attended by over 300 people from 22 countries across four continents. There were 72 oral presentations of papers, 7 guest lectures, 2 workshops and 40 posters. The conference addressed the following themes: occupational health, ventilation and energy efficiency in buildings and processes, indoor air quality and clean air technology. The different sessions are described and illustrated by Conference paper abstracts.
Health risks associated with mixed exposures (2012)
In April 2012, INRS organised a multidisciplinary scientific conference on health risks associated with mixed exposures. It was held at the Palais des congrès in Nancy, France. It was aimed at identifying, highlighting and regulating risks associated with complex exposures in the work environment.
Organised by INRS with support from PEROSH, Mixed Exposures 2012 was the second in a series of conferences on research in occupational health and safety. It brought together researchers, experts and practitioners from different backgrounds (occupational medicine, ergonomics, occupational health and safety, biomonitoring, hearing protection and more) and was an opportunity to share the latest knowledge in the field of mixed exposure.
Abstracts of papers, presentations by speakers, and a conference report (DOC 7) can be downloaded.
In April 2011, INRS organised a scientific conference on the risks associated with nanomaterials and nanoparticles in Nancy, France. The first in a series of international conferences organised by INRS on occupational health and safety, the Nano 2011 conference, brought together researchers, experts and OSH professionals from different backgrounds. In total, over 465 people from 22 countries took the opportunity to share the latest knowledge and research needs in the area of occupational risks associated with nanoparticles and nanomaterials.
Six plenary talks, 24 papers, and 80 posters demonstrated that significant progress has been made in the knowledge of the toxicity of certain manufactured nanoparticles, the measurement and assessment of exposure to nanoaerosols, emission control and risk assessment. Eleven of the presentations were based on research carried out by INRS or in the form of partnerships.
Abstracts of papers and a conference report are now available.