6th Edition

Health and Safety: Risk Management

By Tony Boyle, Fiona Charlton Copyright 2025
    510 Pages 121 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    510 Pages 121 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    Health and Safety: Risk Management is the clearest and most comprehensive book on risk management available today. This newly revised sixth edition takes into account new developments in legislation, standards and good practice. ISO 45001, the international health and safety management system standard, is given comprehensive treatment together with the guidance in ISO 45002. The latest ISO 10013 has also been addressed, however, ISO 45003 on psychosocial risk has been dealt with a companion volume, Well-being and Wellness: Psychosocial Risk Management also by Boyle and Charlton. 

    The book is divided into four main parts. Part 1.1 begins with a basic introduction to the techniques of health and safety risk management and continues with a description of ISO 45001. Part 1.2 covers basic human factors including how the sense organs work and the psychology of the individual. Part 2.1 deals with more advanced techniques of risk management including advanced incident investigation, audit and risk assessment, and Part 2.2 covers a range of advanced human factors topics including human error and decision making.

    This authoritative treatment of health and safety risk management is essential reading for both students working towards degrees, diplomas and postgraduate or vocational qualifications, and experienced health and safety professionals, who will find it invaluable as a reference.

    1 Preliminaries Part 1.1: Risk management – introduction 2 Part 1.1 – overview 3 Risk management – setting the scene 4 Key elements of risk management 5 Risk assessment 6 Risk control 7 Safe systems of work 8 Monitoring and measuring losses 9 Identifying causes and patterns 10 Monitoring and measuring conformity 11 Other elements of occupational health and safety management systems 12 Communication and training Part 1.2: Human factors – introduction 13 Part 1.2 – Common themes and overview 14 The individual – sensory and perceptual processes 15 The individual – psychology 16 The human factors environment Part 2.1: Risk management – advanced 17 Part 2.1 – overview 18 Management systems 19 Measuring performance 20 Advanced accident investigation and risk assessment 21 Advanced risk control techniques 22 Emergency planning 23 Advanced audit and review 24 Financial issues Part 2.2: Human factors – advanced 25 Part 2.2 – overview 26 Individual differences 27 Human error 28 Perception and decision making 29 External influences on human error 30 Improving human reliability Index


    Dr Tony Boyle was a freelance consultant specialising in research and development aspects of health and safety. He has extensive consultancy, lecturing and training experience in Europe and has also worked in Hong Kong, Thailand and the USA. Tony is a Chartered Fellow of IOSH, a Chartered Psychologist, a Registered Occupational Psychologist and a Certified Risk Professional. He has held various occupational safety and occupational psychology research and lecturing posts. Until 1998 he was chairman of the health and safety consultancy Hastam and remained a non-executive director of the company until 2022.

    Dr Fiona Charlton has more than 20 years’ experience in operational and strategic health and safety positions. She holds a masters in occupational health and safety from Queens University, Belfast and a professional doctorate from Sunderland University that examined the impact of workplace cultures on health and safety management. Fiona continues to work full-time in the private sector, is a Chartered Member of IOSH, and sits on viva panels for doctoral students at Sunderland University.