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Occupational risk management in the Brazilian army: normative and practical aspects

Eduardo Borba Neves About the author

This study aims to describe the risk management method used by the Brazilian Army, ranging from the guidelines, norms, and standards to the implementation of activities in the barracks, providing a brief comparison with key occupational safety provisions by the Ministry of Labor and Employment. A qualitative approach was used, based on triangulation of data collection techniques: document collection; systematic observation; and a semi-structured interview with 24 key informants among the military, divided into three groups, aimed at collecting information on the main hierarchical levels: officers, sergeants, corporals, and privates. We found that the Brazilian Army's risk management method is based on three main documents: Instruction Booklet 32/1, Instruction Booklet 32/2, and the Military Instruction Program. The method only refers to accident risks, overlooking other important aspects covered in the Regulatory Standards of the Ministry of Labor and Employment and other types of risks.

Risk; Safety Management; Occupational Health; Occupational Risks

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