INRS, the National Research and Safety Institute, is the main OSH-research organisation in France. Its aim is to contribute to the prevention of occupational accidents and diseases and the improvement of working conditions.

INRS is a non-profit-making organisation set up under the aegis of National Health Insurance Fund for Salaried Workers (CNAMTS) in 1947. It is managed by a joint board of directors representing employers and employees.

INRS has a staff of 660, including researchers, engineers, physicians, trainers, and information specialists in varied disciplines. Responding to the workplace concerns expressed by the social partners, the institute delivers its expertise and know-how to achieve the goals of protecting health and ensuring safety at work.

To perform its tasks, INRS operates in synergy between its 4 complementary action modes: assistance, studies and research, training and information. From knowledge acquisition – in areas such as physical, chemical or biological exposures, occupational medicine, working life, well-being at work, psychology and stress, epidemiology – through to the dissemination of results (assistance, information, training), INRS provides answers tailored to the many different occupational risks.

In order to develop new expertise for today’s changing workplace, and remain a benchmark institution, INRS has entered into partnerships with a range of research bodies in France, Europe and around the world. INRS cooperates within various networks (Sheffield group, Perosh, Special Commission on Prevention of the International Social Security Association, Euroshnet…). INRS has participated and is participating in several EU-projects, most of which are research projects.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 22 September 2010 10:05