The provocative question on Dr Timothy Ludwig’s book cover didn’t put me in a positive frame of mind. But the author, who teaches industrial psychology at Appalachian State University in the US, is deliberately trying to grab attention and push...
Although the legislation responsible for the advance of the industrial hygienist has been around since 1970, it is only in recent years that workplace regulatory bodies have shifted their focus from safety to include health as well.
It’s a sad fact that almost anyone who deals with the public is at risk of verbal abuse and physical violence. It is impossible to work as a teacher, police officer, firefighter, doctor, nurse or care worker without facing this hazard. It’s also no coincidence that these occupations report some of the highest rates of sickness absence due to stress.
Stress is a primary cause of sickness absence in the UK, with 12.5 million working days lost to it and the associated conditions of depression and anxiety in 2016-17, according to the Health and Safety Executive. Yet many managers view it as a vague, uncertain and difficult area – or worse, dismiss it entirely.
Simon Watson Pain offers a timely update explaining the requirements for the latest ISO standards. This second edition, which expands into new topics including due diligence, environment, safety and health auditing and process safety auditing, provides a structured evaluation of the efficiency, effectiveness, and reliability of an organisation’s safety, health and environment (SHE) management system.
In recent years, the world has been all aflutter about workplace safety. First it was the advent of “goal zero”, then the deeper thinking that zero as a goal was harmful. Next, we heard how safety – as we know it – is broken. All the while the disasters continue: Buncefield, La Porte, Deepwater Horizon, Texas City, Pike River, Rana Plaza. The media are never shy of telling us that the way we’re working isn’t working. Society, naturally, responds – and why shouldn’t it?
It’s almost impossible to question the importance of leadership when managing OSH. As this book’s preface states: “If an organisation lacks a clear vision or there is disengagement by the leadership team, then the results can be disastrous.”...
If you are a safety and health practitioner and think you don’t know much about the principles of crisis management, then a glance at the chapter headings (Risk assessment, Prevention, Response) of Christer Pursiainen’s book, or the appendices on the ALARP (as low as reasonably practicable) principle, bow-tie diagrams and fault-tree analysis, might make you reconsider.
About a year ago, I reviewed Craig Marriott’s proposal for this book on behalf of the publisher so I was curious to see how it had turned out. Overall, I haven’t been disappointed.
Every now and again a new publication will contain novel thoughts, ideas and approaches that could help us to do our job better, more easily or both. Just occasionally, a book comes along that is as refreshing as a cold beer at the end of a hot day’s hard graft. This latest offering from Routledge is one of those.
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