Recent Public Attitudes Towards Health and Safety

  • Paul AlmondEmail author
  • Mike Esbester


This chapter synthesises findings from a range of methodological approaches and sources relating to the nature and content of public attitudes towards health and safety. It argues that we should be cautious about accepting that there is any single, simple, public opinion towards health and safety; the attitudes that underlie these surface opinions are more subtle, complex, and contradictory than that, and reflect some core areas of ambiguity, misunderstanding, and lack of knowledge. While these attitudes are shown to have changed over time, the chapter concludes that there are few grounds for accepting the pessimistic accounts of public opinion presented within political and media discourses. A broad acceptance, or critical trust, in health and safety has endured, and offers a sound basis for future activity.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.School of LawUniversity of ReadingReadingUK
  2. 2.School of Area Studies, History, Politics and LiteratureUniversity of PortsmouthPortsmouthUK

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