Health and Safety in Canadian Workplaces
Jason Foster, Athabasca University
Bob Barnetson, Athabasca University
Copyright Year: 2016
ISBN 13: 9781771991841
Publisher: Athabasca University Press
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For the 11 separate topics this book covers, the comprehensiveness for each topic is excellent. As with all workplace safety materials, a comprehensive introduction must, by necessity, be limited. There are too many workplace hazards to cover.... read more
For the 11 separate topics this book covers, the comprehensiveness for each topic is excellent.
As with all workplace safety materials, a comprehensive introduction must, by necessity, be limited. There are too many workplace hazards to cover.
The authors did a fine job of offering specific information and zooming the discussion to a broader discussion. It makes the concepts broadly applicable to widespread workplace hazards.
Canadian and U.S. North American occupational safety and health systems are parallel in many ways. This book is based on the system within Alberta, Canada. I cannot speak to the accuracy of the government references.
The general discussion about profits and the interplay with workplace safety is spot on.
As a summary reader, I found no overt bias.
The material is written well.
The tenets of workplace safety are standard. The discussion allows for applicability to specific scenarios which will be useful for a long time and for many different industries.
The scope of each chapter can allow for ease of revision.
At times, the intended audience appears to waver. Some of the writing clearly addresses front line and/or entry level workers.
In other sections, the writing appeals to decision makers.
This shift is implicit. Nonetheless, I see this change in audience as an interesting tool to create awareness with the emergent and/or incumbent workforce to understand how decision makers may be viewing the competing forces of the employer and the employees.
The framework is excellent.
The text does a sound job of introducing the nuances of "safety language".
The text refers to different parts within itself to direct readers for deeper analysis of a given topic.
Some editing would need to occur to account for these references.
The outline for this material flows steadily from basic knowledge to more nuanced points.
The text has no graphics. The text blocks are easy to read. The navigation is operable.
I found no confusing or confounding elements.
Canada uses the British spelling system.
For use in the United States, students may appreciate a note about the spelling.
Grammatically, the text read smoothly.
The case studies at the beginning of each chapter offer a representation of workers and environments. I perceived that book to be culturally neutral in its discussion of workplace safety.
This would be a fine book to adapt for a United States focus with the notable exception of Chapter 2 because the U.S. does not have similar legislation.
It has 11 chapters. No book can "cover all areas and ideas" in health and safety. Chapter 3 only use one risk technique, HRAC. Some textbooks have multiple techniques and more detail. read more
It has 11 chapters. No book can "cover all areas and ideas" in health and safety.
Chapter 3 only use one risk technique, HRAC. Some textbooks have multiple techniques and more detail.
I found no errors or bias in the book.
The most likely thing to go out of date is associated laws. Since this book based on Candian laws and I'm in the U.S., I have no idea how much of an issue this would be.
It is written in a way that is easy for an undergraduate or novice to read.
I found no issues on this.
It is organized like a textbook. Each chapter starts with a story about the topic of the chapter, such as an accident caused by that particular hazard. This will be helpful for some learning styles and could add motivation to learn about the topic for some students. Each chapter has some homework and discussion questions. They are not overly rigorous but could be useful in a classroom discussion or assignment.
I will pick and choose chapters to use but I do not have an issue with the organization of the book.
I found none of these
The text uses British English which might be odd to a U.S. student. For example, "black mould" vs. "black mold".
It is Candian and refers to Candian agencies rather than American agencies such as OSHA or NIOSH. However, it is clearly written for a Candian reader.
I'm sure I sound like an ugly American in this review. The book is well written and I am looking forward to using portions of it. I just want non-Canadians to realize that adjustments might be needed for your readers. I do think it is useful for students to consider there are laws in other countries.
Table of Contents
- Workplace Injury in Theory and Practice
- Legislative Framework of Injury Prevention and Compensation
- Hazard Recognition, Assessment and Control
- Physical Hazards
- Chemical and Biological Hazards
- Psycho-social Hazards
- Health Effects of Employment
- Training and Injury Prevention Programs
- Incident Investigation
- Disability Management and Return to Work
- The Practice of Health and Safety
About the Book
Workplace injuries happen every day and can profoundly affect workers, their families, and the communities they live in. This textbook provides workers with an introduction to effective injury prevention. The book pays particular attention to how issues of precarious employment, gender, and ill health can be better handled in Canadian occupational health and safety (OHS).This introduction to OHS differs from others because it contends that the practice of occupational health and safety can only be properly understood if we acknowledge that workers and employers have conflicting interests. Specifically, we investigate which workplace hazards are recognized and controlled,the manner in which these hazards are controlled, and who makes these decisions. These are all factors that reflect the broader political economy of employment and suggest that OHS is contested terrain.
About the Contributors
Jason Foster has been with Athabasca University since 2000, initially as an Individualized Study Tutor and more recently as a full-time faculty member. He holds a Ph.D. in Management from Saint Mary’s University where his dissertation examined union revitalization and contemplated new conceptualizations of union forms in the 21st century. He has published extensively in the area of temporary foreign workers in Canada. Prior to joining AU, Jason was a researcher and practitioner of labour relations, working for a series of non-profit organizations and spending more than 10 years as the Director of Policy Analysis for the Alberta Federation of Labour. At the AFL he was the specialist in occupational health and safety, employment and labour law and social justice issues.
Bob Barnetson is a Professor of Labour Relations and Chair of the Centre for Interdisciplinary Studies.