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Increasing Productivity and Profit through Health and Safety

The Financial Returns from a Safe Working Environment, 1st Edition

By Maurice Oxenburgh, Penelope S.P. Marlow, Andrew Oxenburgh

CRC Press

208 pages | 38 B/W Illus.

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Description

In all workplaces the health and safety of employees is closely linked with the company's profitability. Human resource strategies for improving the health and safety of people in the workplace do not necessarily cost money - in fact they usually save money.

A practical book based on the authors' combined consultancy experience, Increasing Productivity and Profit Through Health and Safety shows readers how they can use ergonomics to make money for their organizations. Richly illustrated with a range of case studies drawn from heavy industry, retail sales, hospitals, hotels, and call centers, the book outlines universal concepts that can be used in any workplace. Included with the book is a CD-ROM that contains a simple but sophisticated working cost-benefit analysis model. This model enables readers to input their own data, which will help them make the case for implementing workplace health, safety, and ergonomics programs. For the non-expert there is a chapter that explains economics concepts and models using 'non-economics' language.

Human resource personnel, physicians, safety and risk management specialists, trainers, and ergonomists as well as business managers and engineers will find this book to be a powerful support tool for developing and implementing workplace improvements.

Reviews

"The core is well focused, the case studies are convincing, the model works and I, for one, will be using my interactive version of productAbility Basic at the earliest opportunity."

- Health & Safety, HSM, April 2005

"The book should assist any manager who wishes to win over a skeptical CEO or board that expenditure on a workplace improvement will not only reduce injury and ill health but will lead to better productivity."

- Safeguard Magazine, March/April 2005

"A series of case studies is … provided from a range of industry sectors and countries. … For each case study, a summary of the cost-benefit analysis is provided, showing how the payback periods were justified. … [The book] offers useful materials for students of ergonomics … ."

- The Journal of Occupational Health & Safety, Australia and New Zealand, Vol. 20, No. 6, Dec. 2004

Table of Contents

INTRODUCTION

ECONOMICS FOR THE NON-ECONOMIST

INFORMATION SOURCES

THE PRODUCTIVITY ASSESSMENT TOOL

CASE STUDIES

Industrial Cleaning: Safer at a Lower Cost

Permanent or Precarious Employment? The Hospitality Industry

Why Lift Patients When There's a Better Way? Reducing Back Injuries in the Health Industry

Large-scale Experiments: Valuable but not Easy to Carry Out

Manual Handling

Personal Protectrive Clothing and Equipment

Prevention and Rehabilitation

NEW SUPERVISORY SYSTEMS

ETHICS

INSTALLING AND RUNNING THE PRODUCTIVITY ASSESSMENT TOOL

GLOSSARY

INDEX

Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
SCI026000
SCIENCE / Environmental Science
TEC017000
TECHNOLOGY & ENGINEERING / Industrial Health & Safety