This book isn’t perfect. From a safety excellence perspective, we know that culture is king and that line management drives it. Therefore, seeing culture described as an “intriguing topic” raises an eyebrow, as does a tone that seems to assume Human Resources own and drive wellbeing rather than help line management to do so.
Safety Science Research is a collection of studies drawing on the work of more than 25 authors. These include contributions from professors, doctors and lecturers who specialise in fields such as sociology, organisational behaviour, psychology and risk management. The material is broad and covers safety at work as well as industry sectors that include transport and engineering.
Andrew Hopkins, whose name is synonymous with process safety, has written extensively about the causes of major accidents in the oil, gas and mining sectors, as well as aviation and transport. His erudite analyses of Deepwater Horizon, Texas City and Longford, among others, underline his outstanding contributions to safety at work that resonate globally.
Readers of Caroline Webb’s How to Have a Good Day and John Briffa’s A Great Day at the Office will feel they are on familiar ground here. As with her fellow authors, Natasha Wallace takes a user-friendly approach to ‘flourishing’ (at work, specifically).
The overlap between two distinct areas of regulatory law – health and safety and environmental – can be strewn with complications. It follows, therefore, that explaining how to overcome these, and communicating solutions to lawyer and non-lawyer alike, would be a testing challenge. But it is one that the authors of HSE and Environment Agency Prosecution have risen to.
I can’t imagine there are many OSH practitioners who have not heard of Jason Anker. The roofer was paralysed from the waist down after he fell 3 m from a ladder while working on a construction site. He was 24. However, it was not until 16 years later that he began to talk openly about his experience after a safety expert convinced
him that his story needed to be told.
Having penned a few titles (The Safety Anarchist and The Edge of Heaven) which some readers may have found unusual or particularly personal – as he strayed from his typical narrative style – Dekker is back in familiar territory with The Foundations of Safety Science.