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« Ça sent bizarre, ici » : la sécurité dans les laboratoires de nano-médecine (France, États-Unis)

Abstract : Workplace health and safety is an increasingly important issue in both the media and public policies. Yet it receives little attention in scientific research, or to be more specific, it is in terms of the effects of technological innovations on consumers and the general public rather than in the everyday lives of scientists. Drawing on an ethnographic study of two nano-medicine laboratories, one in France and one in the United States, this article analyses day-to-day safety management in these places of scientific knowledge production. Starting with the still partially uncertain risks involved in the synthesis of nanoparticles, this article first shows how safety practices, mainly structured around the perception of risk and tacit knowledge, are deeply intertwined with scientific practices that aim to produce knowledge. In fact, the importance of tinkering in science is ill suited to the general dynamic of bureaucratisation in risk management. The article goes on to show how laboratory safety practices fit into professional hierarchies and structure the development of the skills that organise the division of labour and the daily activities of researchers, from students to principal investigators.
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Jérôme Pélisse, Céline Borelle. « Ça sent bizarre, ici » : la sécurité dans les laboratoires de nano-médecine (France, États-Unis). Sociologie du Travail, Association pour le développement de la sociologie du travail, 2017, 59 (3), pp.1-21. ⟨10.4000/sdt.934⟩. ⟨hal-01963176⟩



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