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Concise Guide to Workplace Safety and Health

What You Need to Know, When You Need It, 1st Edition

By Gary Chambers

CRC Press

409 pages | 3 B/W Illus.

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Every organization must comply with occupational health and safety regulations. Yet it is frequently unclear which actually apply in a given real-life situation, plus the field is loaded with technical terminology and complicated regulations. Many managers, trainers, even safety and health professionals therefore find it hard to know how to comply, with exactly what.

Written to make this important discipline more understandable, Concise Guide to Workplace Safety and Health: What You Need to Know, When You Need It systematicallyaddresses, for each of the 34 topics covered, core issues such as relevant regulations, required program elements, and definitions of key terms.

Organized for quick access to information, this handy reference book demystifies required documentation, training elements, medical requirements, recordkeeping, and more. Conveniently, the author uses the same 20-part format for every topic. For example, if you want to know only about the documentation required, you can immediately turn to a topic’s Section 9 (Written Documentation Required). If training requirements are the issue, simply go to a chapter’s Section 12 (Training Requirements). Also provided for each topic are links to quality background and training information, with sample forms and programs where available.

The guide covers safety and health topics of interest to a wide cross section of industries and businesses. The author’s relaxed, yet focused approach and consistent format allow efficient access to a broad range of occupational health and safety information. The topics covered include not only those that are currently regulated, but also emerging issues such as injury and illness prevention programs, and the rapidly growing field of nanotechnology.


"…concise – just like is says in the title … approach is useful for people who know next-to-nothing about the safety and health field … definitely useful and it is accurate."

—William H. Weems, University of Alabama, Tuscaloosa, USA

"This is an excellent book for those persons and business and labor entities that need a concise grounding in the basics of workplace safety and health. The author has more than 30 years experience as a safety professional and industrial hygienist. … the author has covered a vast array of workplace settings and potential problem areas. … this book will surely be of great utility to safety and health professionals, especially to small to medium-size business owners/operators and labor leaders who may need basic information about how to meet safety and health requirements for their enterprises."

—Barry L. Johnson, Ph.D., Editor-in-Chief,Human and Ecological Risk Assessment

Table of Contents


Bloodborne Pathogens

Combustible Dusts

Compressed Gases

Confined Spaces

Cranes, Derricks, Hoists, and Slings

Electrical Safety

Emergency Preparations (Exit Routes, Emergency Action, and Fire Prevention Plans)


Flammable and Combustible Liquids

Guarding Powered Hand, Table, and Fixed Machine Tools

Hazard Communication

Hearing Protection

Heat and Cold Stress

Hexavalent Chromium

Highway Worksite Safety

Indoor Air Quality and Indoor Environmental Quality

Injury and Illness Protection Program

Ionizing Radiation

Laboratory Safety and Health


Lockout/Blockout/Tagout (Control of Hazardous Energy)

Medical Services and First Aid


Office, School, and Retail Safety

Personal Protective Equipment

Pesticide Use

Powered Industrial Trucks

Process Safety Management

Respiratory Protection

Spray Finishing

Ventilation (Industrial)


Workplace Violence Prevention

Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
LAW / Environmental
TECHNOLOGY & ENGINEERING / Industrial Engineering
TECHNOLOGY & ENGINEERING / Industrial Health & Safety