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Terms of Use

The www.irsst.qc.ca Web site and its microsites and other directories (collectively the “Site”) are the property of the Institut de recherche Robert-Sauvé en santé et en sécurité du travail (the “IRSST”), and are designed to present the IRSST and its mission and promote the results of research it conducts or funds.

By accessing the Site, downloading publications (as the term is defined herein) or any other digital content, or using the tools it contains, you agree to be bound by the Terms of Use set forth herein. These Terms of Use may be modified at any time without prior notice at the IRSST’s sole discretion, and you agree to be bound by the Terms of Use in effect at the time that you access the Site. If you do not agree to these Terms of Use, please exit the Site immediately without using any of the information or tools it contains. You are asked to check these Terms of Use periodically for changes because your continued use of the Site after changes have been posted will signify that you accept and agree to the changes.
These Terms of Use form the whole of the rights and obligations binding the IRSST and any user of the Site, and replace any prior terms or provisions respecting use of the Site. No verbal or written declaration of an employee or officer of the IRSST, or of any other person, may have the effect of modifying or replacing these Terms of Use.

For any question concerning these Terms of Use, please contact the Communications and Knowledge Transfer Division at the following e-mail address: [email protected].

Intellectual Property Rights

The content of the Site is protected by An Act respecting copyright (the “Copyright Act”) (Canada), and except as otherwise expressly provided herein, may not be reproduced or modified without the IRSST’s prior written permission. However, the IRSST grants you a non-exclusive, non-transferable license to use and display this Site on your computer or any other electronic device, solely for purposes of representation on a single-user screen.
For purposes of these Terms of Use, the word “Publications” means collectively any and all articles, research results, videos, microsites and utilities (computer-based tools) that can be accessed via the Site. The IRSST grants the user of the Site a non-exclusive, non-transferable, non-sublicensable, revocable license to use the Publications strictly (i) for purposes of education or research in accordance with the Fair Dealing requirements set out in the Copyright Act and provided that the source of the publication is cited in accordance with the bibliographic standards of the APA, or (ii) in a work-related context pertaining to the promotion of occupational health and safety (for example, as part of a training session given by a professional in the workplace), provided that the Publications are used for free and for non-commercial purposes (“Authorized Uses”). Notwithstanding the foregoing, the following restrictions apply to any Authorized Use:

  • it is prohibited to remove, modify or conceal any mention of the IRSST appearing in or relating to the Publications;
  • it is prohibited to allow access to a publication by any means having the effect of directly or indirectly diverting traffic from the Site; and
  • it is prohibited to disseminate or distribute the Publications to the general public, particularly through the online dissemination of a publication.

Any other use, modification, dissemination, commercialization, creation of derivative works or reproduction of the content of the Site, in whole or in part, is prohibited without the prior written permission of the IRSST. In case of doubt with respect to the foregoing, you are asked to contact the Communications and Knowledge Transfer Division by e-mail at [email protected] to check whether the intended use is permitted under these Terms of Use.

It is your responsibility to read the specific terms of use that may accompany each publication, it being understood that in the event of any inconsistency with these Terms of Use, the latter shall prevail. In this regard, you undertake to abide by all other copyright notices, information or restrictions on or in the content that you may access through the Site.

Any and all software integrated into or included on this Site, including, in particular, any type of source code and any files or images contained in or generated by said software, is protected by copyright and may also be protected by other rights. All such software belongs to the IRSST, its affiliates or its licensors.

Nothing contained in the Site should be construed as granting to any party a license or right to use any logo, trade name, commercial symbol or trade-mark of the IRSST or a third party.

User Content

Subject to the terms and conditions of the Privacy Policy on the Site, when you contribute content to the IRSST Site ( “User Content”), in particular, by participating in discussion forums or blogs, you grant the IRSST and its successors, assignees and license holders, a worldwide, irrevocable, perpetual, transferable, sublicensable and royalty-free license to use, reproduce, translate, modify (including for the purpose of creating derivative works), distribute and transmit this User Content for any purpose whatsoever.

In addition, you (i) agree to waive all moral rights to your User Content; (ii) consent to your name and address appearing in relation to your User Content, where applicable, and to the disclosure and posting of this information; (iii) acknowledge and accept that the IRSST cannot be held liable for any loss, corruption or damage to your User Content; and (iv) further acknowledge and accept that the User Content you transmit for posting on the Site or that you submit to the IRSST will be deemed non-confidential.

You hereby represent and warrant to the IRSST that (i) your User Content does not infringe on any third party’s rights, including, without limitation, any intellectual property, confidentiality, privacy or publicity rights and an individual’s right to safeguard his or her reputation; (ii) you are the sole holder of all the intellectual property rights to your User Content, or, as the case may be, you have obtained the holder’s written permission to submit your User Content; (iii) your User Content is true, accurate, up-to-date and complete to the best of your knowledge; and (vi) your User Content is not illegal.

The IRSST is not obliged to check the content residing on or transmitted to its Site. You acknowledge and accept, however, that the IRSST may check such content, including User Content, at any time at its sole discretion and for any reason whatsoever.

The IRSST reserves the right to modify, refuse or delete any content residing on or transmitted to its Site if it considers, at its sole discretion, that said content violates these Terms of Use.

Disclaimer and Exclusion of Liability

The Site and all its content items are provided on an “as is” basis without representations or warranties of any kind. The IRSST makes no representations or warranties whatsoever, whether express or implied, as to the Site, including warranties of quality, fitness for a particular purpose and non-infringement. The items appearing on this Site, in particular, texts, images, illustrations, graphics, logos, software, audio clips and video clips, belong to or are otherwise provided by the IRSST. The IRSST makes no representations or warranties as to the non-infringement, by these items, of any third party’s intellectual property rights. In addition, the IRSST disclaims all warranties as to the accuracy, reliability, completeness or relevance of the content, publications, computer programs, graphics, various tools or hypertext links contained on the Site. The IRSST periodically updates the content of its Site, but makes no warranty as to the completeness and accuracy of this information.
You are hereby notified that this Site undergoes regular technical maintenance operations, which may limit or prevent access to the Site on a temporary or long-term basis. The Site can be accessed through the Internet and in standard Internet formats. However, the IRSST reserves the right to modify these formats at any time, and it is your responsibility to obtain, at your expense, access to the Internet and all the software required to access the Site.
To the fullest extent permitted by the applicable laws, under no circumstances may the IRSST be held liable for any bodily, moral or material damages (including, without limitation, any direct, indirect or punitive damages whatsoever; any damages that may or may not be an immediate and direct consequence of the alleged fault; lost revenue or profits; or damages resulting from lost data or business interruption) arising out of use of the content provided by the IRSST through this Site or out of the user’s inability to use this Site and its content, regardless of whether such damage is related to a legal or conventional warranty, to the IRSST’s contractual or extra-contractual liability, or to any other legal provision, and regardless of whether the IRSST has been previously advised of the possibility of such damages.

Links to Other Sites

For practical reasons and your convenience, the Site contains a section that lists useful links to Web sites containing a variety of information. The IRSST does not endorse the information or services offered or the material accessible via these links, nor is it required to verify them. If you choose to leave the Site to access another site, you do so knowingly and agree to assume the risks of doing so. You further agree to indemnify, defend and hold the IRSST harmless against any and all liabilities relating to such external sites.

Links to the Site

The IRSST accepts the provision of hyperlinks to its Site. However, the IRSST does not wish to be linked to any third-party Web site: (i) that contains unlawful, immoral or vulgar content or content that could damage or otherwise be detrimental to the IRSST’s activities, credibility or integrity, or (ii) that contains, posts or transmits any material that infringes upon the rights of others, including material that is an invasion of privacy or that is protected by copyright, trade-mark or other intellectual property rights. The IRSST reserves the right to prohibit or refuse, at any time and at its sole discretion, to post a hyperlink to such a site. You hereby agree to remove any hyperlink that you may have to such a site, upon the request of the IRSST.

Privacy Policy

The Privacy Policy on the Site, whose content can be accessed on the Site, is deemed to form part of these Terms of Use.

Mailing address

Institut de recherche Robert-Sauvé en santé et en sécurité du travail (IRSST)
505, boulevard De Maisonneuve Ouest
Montréal (Québec)
H3A 3C2
Telephone: 514 288-1551

Governing Law

This Site is managed and updated from a computer located in the Province of Québec, Canada. The content and use of the Site are governed by the applicable laws of Québec and Canada. These Terms of Use, as well as any conflict or misunderstanding arising from their application, shall be construed in accordance with these laws. If any provision of these Terms of Use is found to be invalid, void or for any reason unenforceable, then that provision shall be deemed severable from these Terms of Use and shall not affect the validity or enforceability of the remaining provisions, which shall then be interpreted without reference to the severed provision. Any dispute arising out of or relating to the use of the Site or to these Terms of Use shall be submitted to the exclusive jurisdiction of the competent courts of the Province of Québec or to a federal court of Canada, in the judicial district of Montréal, without regard to any potential application of conflict of laws principles.

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