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

Policies and Procedures

The IRSST has policies and procedures to guide its research, knowledge dissemination and laboratory services, as well as its practices and those of its employees.

Based on the action principles of the IRSST's mission, the Scientific Policy establishes the general framework for :

  • Defining the research orientations and programs;
  • Determining the research priorities;
  • Defining the means to be implemented to accomplish the mission;
  • Ensuring the scientific quality of the work.

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The Politique sur l’édition des publications sets forth the principles according to which the scientific and technical knowledge produced through research  may give rise to an official publication by the Institute. The Policy provides guidelines and publishing procedures that specify the proper ways to standardize the presentation of publications and facilitate their dissemination.

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The Ethics Policy for Research Involving Humans is a means adopted by the IRSST and its personnel to appropriately address the different dilemmas or concerns associated with research involving humans. The IRSST's Research Ethics Committee supports this process; it must decide on the ethical validity of research projects involving humans carried out by IRSST researchers.

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The IRSST Policy on Integrity applies to activities conducted internally and to those conducted externally by researchers working mainly at universities and research centres and whose work is funded by the IRSST.

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Open access to scientific literature promotes broader dissemination of the results of occupational health and safety (OHS) research among the research community and the working world. The Institut de recherche Robert-Sauvé en santé et en sécurité du travail (IRSST) therefore encourages its scientific staff and all researchers whose work it funds either in whole or in part or who benefit from its scholarship program to ensure that the articles resulting from their work be made publicly accessible within one year of their publication in a scholarly journal.

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The Politique sur la propriété intellectuelle covers copyright and patents. This policy is necessary for the IRSST because it is a unique organization that conducts internal research projects, while also funding external researchers mainly in the university community.

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While this document does not provide an exhaustive list of all possible changes that can occur during a project or activity, it sets out the main ones that should be taken into account and that require specific follow-up.

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Serious problems sometimes occur during a project or activity. They may be so significant as to call into question the merits of continuing the work. The Institute takes the appropriate measures, as the case may be, and rules on the need to suspend or definitively cancel the research work. This procedure provides guidelines in this regard and the rules to follow.

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