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The IRSST advances knowledge on occupational disease and injury prevention and the rehabilitation of injured workers.
IRSST’s scientists and the external researchers whose work it funds conduct studies and publish results that contribute to the advancement of knowledge about occupational injury prevention and worker rehabilitation.
While this new knowledge takes multiple forms, its ultimate goal remains the same: to equip workplaces to move toward the “elimination, at the source, of dangers to the health, safety and physical well-being of workers,” as stipulated in the Act respecting Occupational Health and Safety (AOHS). Given that it is not always possible to attain this primary prevention objective, the IRSST must also conduct studies on secondary and tertiary prevention.
One thing is certain, however: the results of these studies help build OHS knowledge, sometimes through breakthroughs or major advances, but more often brick by brick. The peer-reviewed results published on the IRSST's are often unprecedented, and are always based on evidence and solid scientific foundations. They also allow new research avenues to be explored.
The IRSST conducts most of its scientific and technical activities in four research fields that it has designated as priority following consultation with the OHS network and the workplace community.
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The IRSST’s scientists work in a variety of disciplines including ergonomics, industrial hygiene, chemistry, physics, engineering, sociology, anthropology, demography and psychology.
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Priority is placed on knowledge translation to promote the uptake of research results by target users and have a real impact on worker health and safety.