1st Edition

Occupational Risk Control Predicting and Preventing the Unwanted

By Derek Viner Copyright 2015
    304 Pages
    by Routledge

    304 Pages
    by Routledge

    Occupational Risk Control contains a practical theory of risk based on the principles the physical sciences.  The book provides details of the implications of such theory for real-world practice that will be of value to the legislator, general or specialist risk engineer, scientist, academic, student, risk/safety practitioners as well as managers of industrial or commercial undertakings.

    The contents are a result of over 40 years of experience in researching, teaching and consulting. The theoretical base is relevant peer-reviewed physical sciences literature.  Such literature points out the necessity of understanding the principles that enable processes resulting in damage and loss to be explained and it enables the risk arising from the uncertainty of these processes to be objectively defined, described as well as estimated using real number values.  Of these principles and their applications a student once remarked “this should be compulsory study for all engineering students”.

    A critical assessment of the pervasive but unscientific accident terminology is included to assist the reader to reflect on the value of this  In a field in which there is a plethora of commercial and pseudo-academic practical tools based on accident theory, this text provides a foundation for the thinking academic and practitioner to critically evaluate the meaning, scope and value of such tools. 

    The text has chapters on accident theory, damage process models, risk, risk estimation, risk control, risk evaluation, the classification and analysis of risks, risk numeracy, the management of risks in general and the management of technical risks in particular.  There are notes on accident investigation and the role of the risk adviser.  A substantial glossary of terms is included.

    The text is supported by a dedicated web site (www.derekviner.com) which contains discussion and examples of topics as well as a blog.

    History: the historical origins of the management of risks.  Accident theory: dominos and triangles - enduring influences.  The origins of damage and loss: understanding the processes.  Risk: damage and loss processes are uncertain to occur.  Identifying and describing risks: prevention depends on knowing what could happen.  Risk estimation: how significant is the risk?. Risk control: understanding prevention and cure.  Risk evaluation: how safe is safe enough?  Classifying and analysing risk: damage aetiology through logical analysis.  Risk numeracy: numerical insights into failures and incidents.  The management of risk: strategy and tactics.  Engineering and the management of technical risks: prevention by technical management and design.


    Derek Viner currently academic positions are that of Associate Professor in Occupational Health and Safety at CQ University and of academic associate in the Faculty of Engineering and Industrial Sciences at Swinburne University, both in Australia.

    ’Derek Viner’s name is synonymous with the study and practice of engineering approaches to health and safety. In this highly readable and instructive book he draws on his enviable wealth of experience, taking the reader on a journey from the foundations of accident theory through the measurement, control and management of risk using practical, down-to-earth examples to de-mystify and simplify the subject and dispel common misconceptions.’ Steve Cowley, SafeWork Solutions ’By totally unpacking the subject, Derek Viner has not only provoked the reader into exploring areas of risk mythology but also probed areas for those who are non-safety aware. The book poses questions that you may not have thought about before. It not only poses the questions but the writer gives well-reasoned and suitably researched answers. Encompassing areas outside the OHS parameters allows the reader to consider and explore from the broadest of perspectives. Those on the path of becoming part of the OHS profession will be able to use the book as an ideal reference to add to their portfolio of knowledge.’ John Lacey, Vice President, Institution of Occupational Safety and Health (IOSH), UK ’This book has something for everybody from the experienced OHS professional to professionals from other disciplines who have a role in understanding and managing risk. Viner uses an easy story-telling style to take the reader on a journey. ... The book is a good read and a major contribution to the science of risk ensuring that the social influences and practical context are also considered.’ Pam Pryor, Registrar, Australian OHS Education Accreditation Board