ÉREST activities focus on a single integrating theme: analysing and preventing risks relating to worker safety and industrial risks relating to equipment and production systems.

Research and development themes, all in mechanical engineering, include the following:

Industrial safety: safety-based machine design, safety device (material and immaterial) design and evaluation, reliability analysis of industrial equipment
Acoustics: noise risk analysis, integration of acoustics into industrial machine, facility and equipment design
Industrial hygiene: analysis of risks associated to gaseous and particulate contaminant exposure within buildings or at temporary worksites
Protective equipment:
  • analysis and re-engineering of protective equipment to improve task compatibility while adequately protecting workers.
  • evaluation of the effectiveness of personal protective equipment (PPE) against nanoparticles and solvents.

Research Methodology

All ÉREST research programs use a methodology proposed by most recognized institutions, involving the following phases:

Phase 1 : Developing the basic concepts and theories of the science of industrial safety and risks

1.1 : Documentation of the system safety approach
1.2 : Analysis of ergonomic and biomechanical risks associated to the characteristics of the equipment
1.3 : Fire hazards and dust exposure analysis
1.4 : Vibration and noise generation analysis
1.5 : Analysis of vibration effects on the body
1.6 : Analysis of impact noise effects on the human ear

Phase 2 : Development industrial risk prevention technologies

2.1 : Safe and ergonomic design beginning from assembly
2.2 : Protective equipment