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Worker Representation and Workplace Health and Safety


Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xi
  2. Introduction: Why Worker Representation on Health and Safety at Work?

  3. The Development of Representation and Consultation on Health and Safety at Work and the Evidence for its Effectiveness

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 9-9
    2. David Walters, Theo Nichols
      Pages 24-40
  4. Representation and Consultation in Two Industries: Case Studies

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 41-44
    2. David Walters, Theo Nichols
      Pages 45-70
    3. David Walters, Theo Nichols
      Pages 71-114
  5. What Works and its Policy Implications

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 115-115
    2. David Walters, Theo Nichols
      Pages 117-145
    3. David Walters, Theo Nichols
      Pages 146-165
  6. Back Matter
    Pages 166-177

About this book


This book considers worker representation on health and safety at work. Using international and UK case studies and materials, it examines how existing arrangements deliver results, interrogating the dominant regulatory model. This book is vital for those interested in industrial relations, health and safety, and worker representation.


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Authors and affiliations

  1. 1.Cardiff Work Environment Research Centre, School of Social SciencesCardiff UniversityUK
  2. 2.School of Social SciencesCardiff UniversityUK

About the authors

DAVID WALTERS is Professor of Work Environment at the Cardiff Work Environment Research Centre, UK, and editor of the journal Policy and Practice in Health and Safety. He has researched and written extensively on the social relations of health and safety in the UK and elsewhere, as well as on work environment regulation generally.

THEO NICHOLS is Distinguished Research Professor, Cardiff School of Social Sciences, Cardiff University, Wales. He has written widely in the field of Economic Sociology, including on the sociology of industrial injury. His most recent books include Global Management and Local Labour (with Nadir Sugur), Labour in a Global World (with Surhan Cam), and The Other Car Workers (with Erol Kahveci).

Bibliographic information

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Chemical Manufacturing
Finance, Business & Banking
Consumer Packaged Goods


"The subject of this excellent book - workers representation in workplace health and safety - is relevant to both policy and practice...This exemplary book reaffirms that OHS has to be understood in the context of the social relations of production and strengthens the evidence of the preventative role of workers representation (and not only 'participation') in occupational safety and health at a time when the 'safety is good for business' discourse is dominant, but promotes more underreporting than prevention measures." - Genevieve Baril-Gingras, Universite Laval