Systematic Occupational Health and Safety Management: Perspectives on an International Development

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05 Dec 2000
Emerald Group Publishing Limited
552 pages - 156 x 234 x 30mm
In the past 15 years, the notions of systematic OHS management and OHS management systems have gained wide currency amongst regulators, employers and other parties in advanced industrialised countries. Indeed, these related but distinct concepts are now also finding their way into developing countries. Inducing employers to take a comprehensive, programmatic and preventive responsibility for OHS rather than just prescribing specific solutions has emerged as a major new regulatory strategy and this approach has also been voluntarily assumed by an increasing number of (generally large) organisations. Government methods to promote OHSM as well as the form and content of both these and voluntary management systems vary widely. There has been little attempt to critically assess the developments just described, let alone compare different forms of OHSM, examine the problems of implementing these policies or identify their strengths and limitations. This book seeks to address this gap. With diverse contributions from leading experts in Europe, America and Australasia, the book examines the origins, development, application and value of OHSM, as well as providing an international perspective on their effectiveness in managing ill-health at work. It also examines the impact of recent changes in economic, labour market, organisational and regulatory structures.
Part headings and selected papers: Foreword. Acknowledgement. List of Abbreviations. Contributors. Systematic occupational health and safety management - an introduction to a new strategy for occupational safety, health and well-being (K. Frick et al.). Politics and Strategies to Promote Systematic Occupational Health and Safety Management Reviewing occupational health and safety management - multiple roots, diverse perspectives and ambiguous outcomes (K. Frick J. Wren). Worker participation and the management of occupational health and safety: reinforcing or conflicting strategies? (D. Walters, K. Frick). The discourses and purposes behind the development of the EU Framework Directive 89/391 (D. Walters, P.L. Jensen). Organization theories implicit in various approaches to OHS management (K.T. Nielsen). The Applicability of OHSM in Changing Labour Markets and Business Structures. A study on safety and health management at work: a multidimensional view from a developing country (T. Dwyer). The diffusion of employer responsibility (T. Larsson). Implementation and Effects. Risk assessment in four member states of the European Union (A. Karageorgiou et al.). The Norwegian internal control reform - an unrealized potential? (S. Gaupset). To Integrate OHSM into Business and Management Development. If safety pays, why don't employers invest in it? (P. Dorman). Bibliography. Index.

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