Health and Safety Management: Principles and Best Practice eBook : 9781408212585

Health and Safety Management: Principles and Best Practice eBook

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Pearson United Kingdom
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For Management and Economic courses with Risk and Strategic Management modules. This book places the theory and practice of occupational health and safety firmly within a strategic business context by making health & safety an equal partner to other strategic business risks. 

The authors' innovative approach offers a uniquely coherent text in which the essential principles of business risk management are applied to the management of health & safety in order to develop best practice approaches.  The authors examine the subject within a global context so are not constrained by local legislation.

The first part introduces principles and concepts of risk and the management of risk relevant to a range of organisations and their stakeholders.  Crucially and uniquely, it addresses the importance of economic and cost-benefit considerations in risk decision-making.

Part Two focuses on best practice techniques in health & safety management drawing on international research.  It analyses contributions of training, effective performance measurement, techniques of auditing and benchmarking and the development and measurement of organisational safety cultures. 

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Table of contents
  • 1  The concept of risk
  • 2.  Risk management
  • 3.  Personality, behaviour and human error
  • 4.  Risk perception
  • 5.  Risk communication
  • 6.  Economic issues
  • 7.  Cost-benefit analysis
  • 8.  Managing health and Safety Risks
  • 9.  Regulatory models for managing health and safety 
  • 10. Models for managing health and safety risks at the organisational level
  • 11. Risk assessment
  • 12. Risk control
  • 13. Training and competence
  • 14. Performance measurement
  • 15. Auditing, benchmarking and continuous improvement
  • 16. Responsibility and accountability for health and safety
Features & benefits


  • Covers the development of the underlying principles of health and safety management, such as risk management, risk perception, risk communication, behaviour, human error, economics and cost benefit analysis is explored
  • Usese international and national approaches; best practice techniques are presented to help managers develop and implement health and safety management systems in their own organisations
  • The roles of risk assessment, risk control, training, performance measurement, auditing, benchmarking and continuous improvement in health and safety management are analysed to provide an integrated and effective management system
  • Examples are drawn from a range of industrial, commercial and public sector organisations
  • Contemporary views on the social responsibilities of both the organisation and the individual to manage health and safety are featured in order to stimulate further debate and look to the future direction of health and safety management.


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