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Learning from Incidents and Incident Reporting: Safety Governance at a Belgian Nuclear Research Center
Rossignol, Nicolas; Van Oudheusden, Michiel
2017In Science, Technology and Human Values, 42
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Keywords :
politics; incident reporting; governmentality
Abstract :
[en] This article examines how incidents are governed in a Belgian Nuclear Research Center by way of an incident reporting system named REX. Drawing on a documentary analysis of incident reports, interviews and focus groups with personnel, it illustrates how REX enacts a safety governmentality centered on identifying incident causes and culprits. As this governmentality mode obscures the epistemic and political character of incidents, it closes down important opportunities for collective learning about safety and safety governance. It is argued that joint reflection about incidents and resistances towards incident reporting serve as fruitful starting points for a more reflexive safety governance that makes explicit how decisions are made in high-risk contexts. Social scientists can enhance governance of this kind by pointing to different perceptions and evaluations of incidents and by insisting that contending interpretations are confronted and accounted for.
Research center :
Spiral
Disciplines :
Sociology & social sciences
Political science, public administration & international relations
Author, co-author :
Rossignol, Nicolas ;  Université de Liège > Département de science politique > Anal. et éval. des politiques publ.-Méthod. de sc. politique
Van Oudheusden, Michiel ;  Université de Liège > Département de science politique > Anal. et éval. des politiques publ.-Méthod. de sc. politique
Language :
English
Title :
Learning from Incidents and Incident Reporting: Safety Governance at a Belgian Nuclear Research Center
Publication date :
2017
Journal title :
Science, Technology and Human Values
ISSN :
0162-2439
eISSN :
1552-8251
Publisher :
SAGE Publications
Volume :
42
Peer reviewed :
Peer Reviewed verified by ORBi
Funders :
GDF Suez [FR]
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