[Ethical coffee] Industrial accidents, who controls what?

  • 11 December 2019
  • From 12:30 to 14:00
  • ECLbuilding W12d floorAmphi 201


The fire at the Lubrizol industrial complex in Rouen, which broke out on the night of 26 September 2019, brought up again in public debate the issue of health and environmental risks linked to industrial activities, particularly chemical activities, as well as the question of the quality of risk prevention measures taken by the public authorities. Beyond this classic risk-based approach, the worsening of accidentology over the past ten years has led to a more profound questioning of the type of society, productivist and materialistic, which is organised around industry. In the name of the benefits of industrial society, should we accept living with risk? That is the question we will be discussing with our two stakeholders.

(Conference given in French)


  • Renaud Bécot, historian of the EHESS, Specialist in industrial and environmental history.
  • Frédéric Poitou, chemical engineer, Expert of the parliamentary committee of inquiry into the Lubrizol accident.