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Strategic Plan

INRS’s current Strategic Plan (2013-2017): Meeting current challenges and anticipating those of the future

INRS’s current five-year Strategic Plan was adopted by its Board of Directors in 2012. In line with the policy set out by the occupational accidents and diseases branch of Social Security, it defines objectives to adapt to societal, institutional, regulatory, organisational, scientific and technical changes in the world of work.

Meeting current challenges and anticipating those of the future

INRS’s Strategic Plan aims at protecting the health and safety of employees by setting goals designed to accompany changes in the workplace.

Part of the challenge faced by INRS is to propose practical solutions to ‘traditional’ risks (noise, vibrations, etc.), new risks (psychosocial risk, stress, burn-out, violence, harassment, back pain, endocrine disruptors) and emerging risks (nanomaterials, waste processing, reprotoxic risks, multi-exposure, health and personal care assistance, etc.). Prevention approaches and related tools are built on the basis of validated scientific knowledge and joint social consensus.

INRS strives to meet several major challenges via its Strategic Plan: to help build a culture of occupational risk prevention (particularly in small businesses), to develop a multi-factor approach to risk and to base action on new ways of organising work, on new technology and on an ageing working population.

These focuses, which bring into play INRS’s four complementary types of action (studies and research, expertise, training and information), break down into 21 topics.

21 occupational safety and health topics, including 5 priority topics

  • Engineered nanomaterials
  • Organisation, health and safety at work
  • Psychosocial risks
  • Musculoskeletal disorders of the limbs and back
  • Maintaining older workers in employment and preventing occupational exclusion
  • Accidentology and a culture of prevention
  • Personal care services
  • Occupational allergies
  • Biotechnology
  • Noise, vibration, electromagnetic fields, optics
  • Design of work equipment, workplaces, and working situations
  • Waste and recycling
  • Multi-exposures: chemicals and noise
  • Addictions and work
  • Prevention of occupational cancers
  • Ionising radiation
  • Reproduction and work
  • Biological risks
  • Chemical risks
  • Mechanical risks and new technologies for accident prevention
  • Occupational road risk

Two priority sectors

  • Tertiary sector
  • Very small and small & medium enterprises

In addition, by drawing on field experience and daily contact with companies in conjunction with different OSH players, INRS steers and manages foresight and horizon scanning (1.2.1), as well as warning activities for the occupational accidents and diseases branch of Social Security.


Last update on 04/05/2017