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Fausse alerte ? Le destin singulier des éthers de glycol dans l’univers de la santé professionnelle en France

Abstract : This article recounts the career of the health alert about the dangers of the glycol ethers in France. This career began in the field of occupational health, in the middle of the 1990’s, vanished for a few years and then reappeared after the asbestos scandal. This contribution shows how the glycol ethers became publicized through the confinement by workers organizations of many uncertainties concerning the efficiency of the occupational chemical risk management policy. As a consequence, this alert does not share one of the major characteristics of most alerts, which publicization depends on the capacity of some political actors to make uncertainties proliferate around them. It is thus expected that this article will underline how the field of occupational health resists the changes visible in other fields of public health.
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Jean-Noël Jouzel. Fausse alerte ? Le destin singulier des éthers de glycol dans l’univers de la santé professionnelle en France. Politix, De Boeck Supérieur, 2007, 3 (79), pp.175 - 193. ⟨10.3917/pox.079.0175⟩. ⟨hal-03609104⟩

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