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New and Emerging Risks

Analysis of the findings of the European Survey of Enterprises on New and Emerging Risks on the effectiveness and support for worker representation and consultation on health and safety.
Report for the European Agency for Safety and Health at Work, Research Report. June 2011.
In 2009, EU-OSHA carried out the first Europe-wide establishment survey on health and safety at the workplace, the European Survey of Enterprises on New and Emerging Risks (ESENER). Following on from the initial analysis presented in the descriptive overview report in 2010, four secondary analysis projects have been carried out in 2011. This report focuses on workers' participation in health and safety management. It highlights how participation varies across Europe and examines the relationship between worker representation and effective management of workplace risks.

Full report
ESENER – Annexes
ESENER – Summary


Labour Inspection

The NERCLIS Project: Contract to assess the potential impact of emerging trends and risks on labour inspection methodologies in the domain of occupational health and safety.
Report for the European Commission. November 2011.


The role of Supply Chains in influencing health and safety management

Understanding the role of supply chains in influencing health and safety management and regulation (2009)
This report describes the findings of our study on supply chain relationships, the factors that affect them, and their role in influencing health and safety management and standards among supplier organisations.
Full research project
Summary report 

Supply chain management for health and safety
This research project assessed supply chain strategies on the Olympic Park and the driving factors behind them. It also considered their transferability – something which is being explored further within an ongoing comparative research project including case studies both within and beyond the construction sector.


Regulation culture and behaviours

Food standards agency Report Evidence Review on Regulation Culture and Behaviours.

Report for the Social Science Research Unit Food Standards Agency Unit, Report 12, September 2010.
The Food Standards Agency commissioned an evidence review to investigate the culture and behaviours in businesses and enforcement bodies, and the communication between individuals in these two groups, to understand what works best to secure regulatory compliance particularly, though not exclusively, in relation to food safety. It forms part of the Agency’s response to the recommendations made in the Public Inquiry Report (2009) that documents the circumstances surrounding the outbreak of E.coli O157 in South Wales in 2005.

Full Report 


Development of support instrument to implement REACH

Analysis of needs and the development of an instrument to help employers, workers and their representatives implement the requirements of REACH in small firms that are downstream users of chemical substances in the EU textiles industry.
Report for the European Commission. Project implementation report. March 2011.

This project set out to contribute towards helping the trade union and industry develop appropriate and useful responses to the requirements of REACH through an analysis of needs and the development of an instrument to help employers, workers and their representatives implement the requirements of REACH in small and medium size firms in the EU textiles and clothing industry.



Walters, D.R and Grodzki, K. (2006) Beyond Limits? Dealing with chemical risks at work in Europe, Elsevier, Oxford
"This book is a study of strategic approaches to managing the risks of working with hazardous substances in Europe. Its central theme concerns the widening gap between debates and developments at national and international levels concerning safety in the use of chemical substances at work in the European Union and practices within workplaces - especially within the small and medium sized workplaces that constitute the vast majority of establishments in which people work in Europe. It sets out to discover what drives informed and competent risk management in chemical health and safety and what role occupational exposure limits play in this process.”

£60 Hardback, 430 pages


Walters, D. and Nichols, T (2007) Worker Representation and Workplace Health and Safety, Palgrave Macmillan, Basingstoke.

Considering worker representation on health and safety at work, this book draws on ten case studies from the UK construction and chemicals industries and unites a wide range of international materials as it examines the extent to which existing arrangements deliver results.

£72 Hardback, 192 pages


Westerholm, P. and Walters, D. (eds) (2007) Supporting Health at Work: International Perspectives on Occupational Health Services, IOSH, Leicester.
Originally published as a supplement to our academic journal, Policy and Practice in Health and Safety, this timely volume focuses on how a range of EU member states tackle work health issues, the problems they face, and what they're doing to improve things for the future.
£35 Soft back; 190 pages


Walters, D. (2008) Within Reach? Managing Chemical Risks in Small Enterprises, Baywood, Amityville, New York.
Controlling the risks of working with chemical substances is widely recognized as one of the major elements in ensuring a healthy workplace. Not surprisingly, control strategies for chemicals used in the workplace feature prominently in both regulatory and voluntary approaches to improving the work environment. But their impact on the vast majority of workplaces in which chemicals are used remains problematic. This is especially so in small enterprises across the whole range of economic sectors and work activity, in which there is demonstrably poor understanding among owner managers concerning their responsibilities for chemical risk management. Why this has been so, how it is being addressed, and with what results are the subjects of this book. Currently the regulatory profile governing the management of chemical risks at work is in the process of major restructuring in Europe, as discussions take place about implementation of the REACH (Registration, Evaluation and Authorisation of Chemicals) reforms in European legislation. It is claimed that the impact of these provisions will be substantial and significant, especially in relation to downstream use of chemicals in smaller enterprises, because the new regulations will aim to improve risk communication within the supply chain-identified as a particular weakness of previous approaches. The book examines the evidence for this weakness and the extent to which it is likely to be addressed by the new regulatory framework.

£46 Hardback, 252 pages


Walters, D. and Nichols T., eds. (2009) Workplace Health and Safety: International Perspectives on Worker Representation, Palgrave Macmillan, Basingstoke.
In many countries the regulation of health and safety at work underwent a new turn in the 1970s and 80s. This book brings together research that reviews the coverage and effectiveness of the consequent arrangements for worker  representation on health and safety that exist in the EU generally, within this specifically in the UK, Spain, France and Sweden, and beyond this in Australia, Canada and the Baltic States. It examines the effectiveness of these arrangements in different countries and how they operate in different sectors and in organisational of different size. It also considers in some detail the conditions that support or constrain these arrangements in different countries, which are generally found wanting, and especially the impact upon them of major political and economic changes in recent years.

£63 Hardback, 248 pages


Walters, D. Johnstone, R. Frick, K. Quinlan, M. Baril-Gingras, G. Thebaud-Mony, A. (2011) Regulating Workplace Risks: A Comparative Study of Inspection Regimes in Times of Change, Edward Elgar, Cheltenham, UK.

'This book, long in gestation, provides a profound analysis of the challenge to labour inspection of regulating OHS through a focus on management systems. Its detailed analysis of 5 disparate countries is a treasure trove of research, providing a rich opportunity for learning across jurisdictions. It provides a masterly dissection of the increasingly complex, competitive and pared down context of globalisation and

£64 Hardback, 400 pages


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