The Regulation and Management of Workplace Health and Safety: Historical and Emerging Trends, 1st Edition (Hardback) book cover

The Regulation and Management of Workplace Health and Safety

Historical and Emerging Trends, 1st Edition

Edited by Peter Sheldon, Sarah Gregson, Russell D. Lansbury, Karin Sanders


216 pages | 6 B/W Illus.

Purchasing Options:$ = USD
Hardback: 9780367211448
pub: 2020-07-01
SAVE ~$31.00
Available for pre-order. Item will ship after 1st July 2020

FREE Standard Shipping!


The book provides a collection of cutting-edge, multi-disciplinary research-based chapters on work, workers and the regulation and management of workplace health and safety. Featuring research from Australia, Europe and North America, the chapters traverse important historical examples and place important, emerging contemporary trends, like work in the gig economy, into wider international and historical perspectives. The authors are leading authorities in their fields.

The book contributes to advancing our knowledge – empirical and theoretical – of the ways in which labour market dynamics, management strategies, state regulation and public policy, and union organisation affect outcomes for workers. It features in-depth exploration of, and reflection on, some of the major labour market challenges facing workers, and analysis of strengths and weaknesses of responses to those challenges, whether via management, state regulation or collective employee voice. The chapters highlight shifts in in/equality of outcomes; access to security and flexibility at work; genuine access to workplace voice and decision-making; and the implications of different avenues and mechanisms for regulating work and employment.

The text is aimed at researchers, undergraduate and postgraduate students in work and organisational studies, industrial/employment relations and human resource management, workplace (or occupational) health and safety, employment law, and labour history. It will also be of particular interest to policy makers and practitioners working in the field of workplace health and safety.

Table of Contents

1. Michael Quinlan — intellectual journey of a scholar, teacher and policy expert
Peter Sheldon & Sarah Gregson
2. Rebellious Workers: Insubordination and democratic mobilisation in Australia in the 1910s
Terry Irving
3. The West Gate Bridge Collapse: How disaster happens
Sarah Gregson & Elizabeth Humphrys
4. Economic liberalisation of road freight transport in the EU and the USA
Michael H. Belzer & Annette Thörnquist
5. Precarious employment and the regulation of occupational health and safety: Prevention, compensation and return to work
Katherine Lippel & Annie Thébaud-Mony
6. Protecting ‘gig economy’ workers through regulatory innovation: Controlling contract networks within digital networks
Igor Nossar
7. Representing workers on safety and health: the current challenge?
David Walters
8. Prosecutions under the Australian Work Health and Safety Acts: New sanctions, old approaches
Richard Johnstone
Postscript: Inequality, deprivation/resistance and building a sustainable society
Michael Quinlan

About the Editors

Peter Sheldon is a Professor in the School of Management at the UNSW Business School, Australia, Director of its Industrial Relations Research Centre, and an Executive Editor of its Economic and Industrial Relations Review.

Sarah Gregson is a Senior Lecturer in the School of Management at the UNSW Business School, Australia and Deputy Editor of Labour History.

Russell Lansbury is Emeritus Professor of Work and Organisational Studies at the University of Sydney Business School, Australia.

Karin Sanders is a Professor of Human Resources Management and Organisational Behaviour in the School of Management at the UNSW Business School, Australia.

About the Series

Routledge Studies in Employment and Work Relations in Context

The aim of the Employment and Work Relations in Context Series is to address questions relating to the evolving patterns and politics of work, employment, management and industrial relations. There is a concern to trace out the ways in which wider policy-making, especially by national governments and transnational corporations, impinges upon specific workplaces, occupations, labour markets, localities and regions. This invites attention to developments at an international level, marking out patterns of globalization, state policy and practices in the context of globalization and the impact of these processes on labour. A particular feature of the series is the consideration of forms of worker and citizen organization and mobilization. The studies address major analytical and policy issues through case study and comparative research.

Learn more…

Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS / Human Resources & Personnel Management
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS / Organizational Behavior