Article included in edition Volume III :: Nr.1 :: July 2007

Notable Works

Conceptual and methodological instruments in risk analysis and in the processes of prevention: the approach of Véronique De Keyser

Camilo Valverde1
(1) Universidade Católica Portuguesa - Faculdade de Economia e Gestão
Rua Diogo Botelho, nº 1327
4169 - 005 Porto, Portugal

We present the conceptual and methodological approach proposed by Véronique De Keyser to managing prevention and analysing professional risks. In this perspective conceptions and practices of prevention should always emerge and be structured by the risk analysis accomplished in context and with the participation of the concerned actors. We have structured the presentation of this approach in three parts. We begin by analysing the evolution of paradigms that support the understanding of risk evaluation and prevention management. Next we operationalise the concepts and the theories that characterise the contextual approach envisaged by the author to research/intervention in this domain. We conclude with the exposition of the most widespread methods in risk evaluation study, emphasising their use as instruments in order to promote transformations in views on conceptions and practices of prevention.

Keywords prevention, risk analysis methods, context, work activity analysis, instrumental mediation.