Learning from incidents and incident reporting: Safety Governance at a Belgian Nuclear Research Center

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Learning from incidents and incident reporting: Safety Governance at a Belgian Nuclear Research Center. / Van Oudheusden, Michiel; Rossignol, Nicolas; Turcanu, Catrinel.

In: Science, Technology, & Human Values, Vol. 42, No. 4, 29.12.2016, p. 679-702.

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