Important dates

Call for papers 

May 31, 2021

Notification to authors 

January 15, 2022

Early bird 
registration deadline 

September 20, 2022


October 11 & 12, 2022

Call for papers

The call for papers is now closed.

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 organizations, are evolving very rapidly with implications in terms of impact on working conditions and therefore prevention of professional risks that are difficult to anticipate. For example, the intensification of processes can limit employee exposure to solvents but complicate their operation and maintenance. Likewise, recycling practices lead to ignorance of the composition of secondary raw materials and the accumulation of toxic compounds without companies always being aware of it and having been able to adapt prevention measures to 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.  

Main topics

This inventory will be broken down into the processes impacted by the following four changes:
Limitation of resources consumed, emergence of the circular economy

Worker exposure, risk analysis (chemical, biological), prevention approaches, design of processes aimed at reducing exposure, case studies in activities such as the use of secondary raw materials (from recycling), waste recovery, new forms of organisation (industrial ecosystems). Identification or elimination of contaminants in recycled materials.  

New modes of production 

Worker exposure, risk analysis (chemical, biological), prevention methods, design of processes to reduce exposure, case studies in situations where new processes such as 3D and 4D printing are implemented, modular and flexible processes, intensified or integrated processes, interface with digital technology. Risks associated with maintenance operations.

Use of new materials  

Employee exposure during the manufacture and use of new materials, prevention methods, design of processes to reduce exposure: polymer materials with specific properties, impact of the use of additives, link between exposure and usage properties.

Limitation of environmental impacts

Consequence in terms of occupational risks, preventive measures linked to new practices to reduce the environmental footprint such as new ways of using energy, saving water, reducing emissions, substituting solvents.

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