Health and Safety in Action

  • Paul Almond
  • Mike Esbester


This chapter focuses on the functional legitimacy of health and safety—how it derives acceptance from the ways in which it operates in practice, and the outcomes that it produces. The expansion of health and safety beyond the workplace, the emergence of a safety profession and the valorisation of expertise, and the inspection and enforcement practices of regulators, are all explored in relation to the challenges and benefits that they provide in terms of demonstrating the effectiveness, efficiency, and expertise of those who ‘do’ health and safety. The chapter argues that the common theme here is that of redrawing the balance of who is responsible for health and safety—something that can be heavily contested, become blurred, and be subject to external political pressures.


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

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