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Regulating Workplace Safety : Systems and Sanctions - Neil Gunningham

Regulating Workplace Safety

Systems and Sanctions

Hardcover Published: 1st July 1999
ISBN: 9780198268246
Number Of Pages: 446

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Drawing from experience internationally, on recent and important developments in regulatory theory, and upon models and approaches constructed during the author's empirical research, this book addresses the question: how can law influence the internal self-regulation of organisations in order to make them more responsive to occupational health and safety concerns? In this context, it is argued that Occupational Health and Safety management systems have the potential to stimulate models of self-organisation within firms in such a way as to make them self-reflective and to encourage informal self-critical reflection about their occupational health and safety performance. This book argues for a two track system of regulation under which enterprises are offered a choice between a continuation of traditional forms of regulation and the adoption of a safety management system-based approach on the other. The book concludes with a discussion of the use of criminal and administrative sanctions to provide organisations with incentives to adopt effective Occupational Health and Safety management systems. The book proposes a wider range of criminal sanctions and sentencing guidelines to ensure employers receive sentencing discounts where they have introduced effective management systems.

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`... for me, this is the most sophisticated attempt thus far to develop a model of self-regulation for the current politico-economic conjuncture... Regulating Workplace Safety needs to be taken seriously' Steve Tombs, Risk Management, An International Journal, Vol. 4, No. 4, 2002 `This new book uses many of the latest theoretical discussions of regulation... proposals are articulated clearly and defended with reference to practical examples drawn from around the world, but with special emphasis upon the United States, the United Kingdom, Australia, Sweden, and Denmark... the policy prescriptions laid out so clearly in the text are certainly worth considering and experimenting with.' Comparative Labor Law Policy Journal

Table of abbreviations Introduction From compliance to best practice in OHS: The roles of specification, performance and systems-based standards Towards a systems-based approach: Voluntarism, legislation or incentives? Two paths to enlightenment: A two-track approach to regulation From adversarialism to partnership: Track two regulation The top of the enforcement pyramid: rethinking the place of criminal sanctions in OHS regulation Bigger sticks: Tougher and more flexible sanctions for OHS offenders Conclusion Appendix Selected Bibliography Index

ISBN: 9780198268246
ISBN-10: 0198268246
Series: Oxford Socio-Legal Studies
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 446
Published: 1st July 1999
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 22.4 x 14.6  x 2.7
Weight (kg): 0.61