IRSST - Institut de recherche Robert-Sauvé en santé et en sécurité du travail

Phase 2: Research

Objectives:

  • Promote exchanges between researchers and social partners throughout the research activity
  • Provide researchers with practical knowledge by drawing on social partners’ expertise
  • Share preliminary results in preparation for knowledge translation

The second phase is that of conducting the actual research. This involves drawing on the expertise of the workplaces’ representatives, while keeping them informed throughout the project so that they are better able to collaborate in adapting, transferring and ultimately applying the results. The more involved the users’ representatives are in the research process, the better equipped they will be to appropriate the results and disseminate them in their own networks. The follow-up committee’s input is usually sought at the beginning of this phase. This constitutes the main strategy for ensuring that the objectives of the phase are attained.

Example

Development of vibration and acoustic diagnostic methods for portable pneumatic nailers

In this study, the researchers sought to document the effects of vibration and impact noise on the health of workers who use pneumatic nailers. The team hoped to develop tests for measuring these effects faster and more efficiently.

But what types of nailers and used under what conditions? These questions were put to the members of the follow-up committee. The answer they gave was “why not ask the users themselves!” A questionnaire was first validated by the committee and then distributed to construction contractors that belong to the associations represented on the committee.

As a result of this consultation, a list was compiled of the most frequently used portable pneumatic tools and of companies willing to have the research team on their job sites to allow them to take measurements during task performance.