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Innovation, Systemic Appropriation and Prevention in the granite mining sector: the case of humidification

Abstract : BACKGROUND : This research was conducted in the Brazilian granite mining sector. After epidemiological studies, it was established that professional pneumoconiosis is related to the inhalation of dust. Therefore, the Brazilian mining health and safety regulatory standard made it compulsory to provide humidification throughout the extraction and mineral treatment processes. OBJECTIVE : To develop the concept of systemic appropriation of the technological innovations that aim to protect the worker’s health. Until now, appropriation has usually been presented in its individual dimensions. In this article, the focus is placed on the collective and organizational aspects of this appropriation. METHODS : Two methodological approaches were used: interviews with the different individuals involved in order to report the history of the implementation of technical devices which meet the humidification norm; and ergonomic analysis of the work of the operators who used these devices. RESULTS : The appropriation of the technical devices occurred at two distinct levels: 1) Individual, related to the direct contact of the operator with the instrument; 2) Systemic, as the effects of the innovation propagated through the system affecting interdependent tasks, adaptation of the work organization and new production strategies. CONCLUSIONS : The implementation of prevention norms require innovations which are necessarily accompanied by transformations in the companies’ techniques, work and management.
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Renata Wey Berti Mendes, Valérie Pueyo, Pascal P. Beguin, Francisco Duarte. Innovation, Systemic Appropriation and Prevention in the granite mining sector: the case of humidification. Work: A Journal of Prevention, Assessment and Rehabilitation, 2017, 57 (3), pp. 351-361. ⟨hal-02095176⟩



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