Dates and venue of the conference

October 11 - 12, 2022

Centre de congrès Prouvé 
1 Place de la République 

 Conference Objectives
Objectives of the conference

Seventh in a series of conferences organised by INRS on occupational health and safety research, this conference will focus on the profound changes in industrial processes over the last twenty years. Processes have adapted to respond to four major developments: 
   - changes in demand, in particular for new materials with controlled use properties,
   - increased flexibility requirements allowing different productions on the same industrial site,
   - the need to limit the resources consumed, which is reflected in the development of the circular economy and more generally an increased proportion of recycling,
   - limitation of environmental impacts including optimization of energy costs, water savings and reduction of pollutant discharges into the environment.

Technologies as well as the resulting organisations are evolving very rapidly with implications involving working conditions and therefore the prevention of occupational risks that are difficult to anticipate. For example, the intensification of processes can limit employees' exposure to solvents but make their operation and maintenance more complex. Likewise, recycling leads to a lack of knowledge of the composition of secondary raw materials and possibly to the accumulation of toxic compounds without companies always being aware of this and having been able to adapt prevention measures to the new exposure conditions.

The main objective of this conference will be to review the risks, benefits and prevention approaches linked to these recent changes in the industrial sectors particularly impacted by them, in particular, the food industry, chemical industry, pharmaceutical industry, mechanics, metallurgy, water treatment, waste management and recycling activities.

This will include presenting the implementation of appropriate means of risk assessment and hazard identification, analysing how employees perceive these risks and hazards, and discussing technical but also organisational prevention solutions to limit the risks for workers.  

Limitation of resources consumed, emergence of a circular economy

New modes of production

Use of new materials

Limitation of environmental impacts

Target audience
Researchers, experts, OSH practitioners involved in the various sectors of activity concerned by these process changes.

Conference structure
Two and a half days with no parallel sessions. Sessions with keynote speakers and speakers selected for oral or poster presentations. The official languages of the conference are English and French. Simultaneous translation will be provided during the oral presentations.

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