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Discussing the minimum expectations that courts and tribunals have of managers, Management Obligations for Health and Safety examines the relationship between those expectations and effective safety performance. The book looks at safety management from the perspective of management obligations. What expectations are placed on managers at all levels of an organization to ensure that the workplace and systems of work are safe, and how are these expectations considered and analyzed by courts and public inquiries? As importantly, the book explores how management actions in relation to these obligations and expectations influence, positively or negatively, the safety performance of an organization. With examples drawn from legal and quasi-legal processes, one of the more enlightening and thought-provoking features of this book is the extensive use of cross examination taken from various proceedings.

Contractor Safety Management explores how the contracting–principal relationship can influence safety outcomes and how a principal’s role in “overseeing” the safety performance of its contractors is different from managing safety in its own organization. It brings together perspectives from different disciplines including legal, health and safety management, operational, and contract and procurement management. The editor and chapter authors examine real-life cases, the issues that they present, and the way that safety management was handled.

The point of “Risky Conversations” is indeed to conversations. Multiple perspectives on difficult, risky issues, need to be invited, they need to be celebrated. If we are in a position of decision-maker, we should resist the temptation to seek consensus prematurely. We need to avoid trying to reduce view points to one another.  Multiple perspectives, which can contradict each other and perhaps sometimes partially overlap, is what we need to make sense of our complex, nondeterministic world. As you get into this book, you are invited to join in the conversation, and at your own experiences and perspectives!

From the forward by Professor Sidney Dekker


At some point health and safety management seems to have lost its way. Rather than being concerned about protecting workers and others from the hazards associated with business, health and safety management has devolved into a self-perpetuating industry which has driven a wedge between management and the workforce. Health and safety management has become synonymous with trivial rules and burdensome, never ending paperwork. 

This book explores the question of bureaucracy in safety management. What is it, and how does it impact organisational goals for health and safety? The book asks what we can do to better understand and deal with bureaucracy in health and safety management, and ultimately what steps we can take to reconnect management, workers and safety processes to achieve the best safety outcomes we can.

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