The aim of the International Section of the ISSA for Research on Prevention is to develop a propitious environment for exchanges between prevention practitioners and researchers working in the field of occupational risks prevention.
Improving the transfer of knowledge: "from research to practice and from practice to research"
It is a truism to say that what applies to other scientific areas also applies to the prevention of occupational risks: research thrives on contacts with and between specialists working in the same field, and benefits from the complementary nature of different scientific approaches.
Moreover, contacts with prevention practitioners play a significant role by enabling novel research areas to be identified and the practicability of research results to be identified.
Interface between the dynamics of research laboratories and the expectations of prevention practitioners
The Section for Research on Prevention strives to provide a forum for the various players implicated in health and safety at work:
- prevention practitioners;
- decision-makers in the field of health and safety at work.
Founded in 1970 by the Permanent Committee for the Prevention of Occupational Risks of the International Social Security Association (ISSA), the Section for Research on Prevention is one of the eleven International Sections on Prevention of Occupational Risks.
For more information please consult the standing orders of the ISSA International Section for Research on Prevention of Occupational Risks.
The aim of the Section for Research on Prevention is to develop a propitious environment for exchanges between prevention practioners and researchers working in the field of occupational risks prevention.
The Section aims at:
- promoting the international cooperation and exchanges between researchers in the field of occupational risk prevention and improvement of working conditions;
- ensuring a better transfer of knowledge resulting from research towards prevention practitioners and decision-makers in occupational health and safety;
- validating the practicability of research results; enabling novel research areas resulting from the practitioners' concerns to emerge.
To achieve its aims, the Section for Research on Prevention organizes conferences and seminars in connection with general or methodological themes, sets up working groups, runs a data base and publishes the proceedings of symposia proceedings and reports.
Conferences and seminars
With a view to promoting international exchange of information, the Section organizes conferences and seminars on methodological or general themes which provide specialists in a particular field and/or practitioners with an opportunity to meet and exchange information and views. Papers presented at these conferences and seminars are regularly published after each meeting.
The Working Groups deepen the themes arrested within the framework of the general orientations. The outcome of their activities is meant to provide the research community and/or the practical user with ready-to-use information on burning topics.
The Section carries out a permanent international survey on health and safety research organizations and their activities, in order to feed the bilingual data base INOR (soon available in French and in English on INRS Website).
The Section is organized around a Bureau and Working Groups.
Members of the Bureau
The Bureau administers the Section, provides links with ISSA in Geneva, sets the general orientations of the activities of the Section. It comprises one Chairperson , three Vice-Chairpersons, one Secretary General, as well as the Secretary General of the ISSA in Geneva.
Chairperson of the Section
Stéphane Pimbert, Directeur général INRS, 30 rue Olivier Noyer, F-75680 Paris Cedex 14, France.
Walter Eichendorf, Stellvertretender Generaldirektor DGUV, Alte Heerstrasse 111, D-53754 Sankt Augustin, Germany.
Margaret Kitt, National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH), United States
Siok Lin Gan, Workplace Safety and Health Council, Singapore
Marie Larue, Institut de recherche Robert-Sauvé en santé et en sécurité du travail (IRSST), Quebec, Canada
Cameron Mustard, President and Senior scientist IWH, 481 University Avenue, Suite 800, Toronto, Ontario M5G 2E9, Canada.
Séverine Brunet, Chef du Département Ingénierie des équipements de travail INRS, Rue du Morvan CS 60027, 54519 Vandoeuvre-lès-Nancy Cedex, France.
With the intention to pursue the study of the subjects of particular importance for the field of OHS research, the Section for Research on Prevention has set up and runs a certain number of working groups. These groups are made up of experts appointed by the Bureau and gather and discuss a maximum of up-to-date information using a great variety of methods:
- literature research,
- expert workshops
- conferences, etc.
The outcome of their activities is meant to provide the research community and/or the practical user with ready-to-use information on burning topics.
For example, the Working Group on Work Related Health Risks carried out an inquiry, and presented the results at the World Congress on Safety and Health at Work in Vienna in May 2002.