Worker Representation and Workplace Health and Safety

Overview

This book considers worker representation on health and safety at work. Drawing on ten case studies from the UK construction and chemicals industries and bringing together a wide range of international materials, it examines the extent to which existing arrangements deliver results. It finds that whereas worker representation can improve health and safety, the preconditions for this are only present in a minority of workplaces. The authors also discuss the various ways of addressing the weaknesses in the dominant...

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Overview

This book considers worker representation on health and safety at work. Drawing on ten case studies from the UK construction and chemicals industries and bringing together a wide range of international materials, it examines the extent to which existing arrangements deliver results. It finds that whereas worker representation can improve health and safety, the preconditions for this are only present in a minority of workplaces. The authors also discuss the various ways of addressing the weaknesses in the dominant regulatory model.

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"The subject of this excellent book - workers representation in workplace health and safety - is relevant to both policy and practice...This exemplary book reaffirms that OHS has to be understood in the context of the social relations of production and strengthens the evidence of the preventative role of workers representation (and not only 'participation') in occupational safety and health at a time when the 'safety is good for business' discourse is dominant, but promotes more underreporting than prevention measures." —Genevieve Baril-Gingras, Universite Laval
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780230001947
  • Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan
  • Publication date: 7/28/2007
  • Edition description: First Edition
  • Pages: 272
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet the Author

DAVID WALTERS is Professor of Work Environment at the Seafarers' International Research Centre, Cardiff University, Wales, and editor of the jourbanal Policy and Practice in Health and Safety. He has researched and written extensively on the social relations of health and safety in the UK and elsewhere, as well as on work environment regulation generally.

THEO NICHOLS is Distinguished Research Professor, Cardiff School of Social Sciences, Cardiff University, Wales. He has written widely in the field of Econommic Sociology, including on the sociology of industrial injury. His most recent books include Global Management and Local Labour (with Nadir Sugur), Labour in a Global World (with Surhan Cam), and The Other Car Workers (with Erol Kahveci).

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Table of Contents

Introduction
• PART ONE: THE DEVELOPMENT OF REPRESENTATION AND CONSULTATION ON HEALTH AND SAFETY AT WORK AND THE EVIDENCE OF ITS EFFECTIVENESS
• The Development of Statutory Measures on Worker Health and Safety Representation
• The Effectiveness of Representative Worker Participation
• PART TWO: REPRESENTATION AND CONSULTATION IN TWO INDUSTRIES:CASE STUDIES
• The Chemicals Industry
• The Construction Industry
• PART THREE: WHAT WORKS AND ITS POLICY IMPLICATIONS
• Implementing Effective Worker Representation and Consultation
• Conclusions and ways forward?

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