Health and Safety in Canadian Workplaces

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Jason Foster, Athabasca University
Bob Barnetson, Athabasca University

Pub Date: 2016

ISBN 13: 978-1-7719918-4-1

Publisher: Athabasca University Press

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Table of Contents

  1. Workplace Injury in Theory and Practice 
  2. Legislative Framework of Injury Prevention and Compensation 
  3. Hazard Recognition, Assessment and Control 
  4. Physical Hazards 
  5. Chemical and Biological Hazards 
  6. Psycho-social Hazards 
  7. Health Effects of Employment 
  8. Training and Injury Prevention Programs 
  9. Incident Investigation 
  10. Disability Management and Return to Work 
  11. 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.

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Author(s)

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.