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[book cover] Health and Safety in Canadian Workplaces

Jason Foster and Bob Barnetson

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July 2016

9781771991834 (Paperback)
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OPEL (Open Paths to Enriched Learning)

Health & Medical Studies / Labour Studies



About the Book

Workplace injuries happen every day and can profoundly affect workers, their families, and the communities in which they live. This textbook is for workers and students looking for an introduction to injury prevention on the job. It offers an extensive overview of central occupational health and safety (OHS) concepts and practices and provides practical suggestions for health and safety advocacy. Foster and Barnetson bring the field into the twenty-first century by including discussions of how precarious employment, gender, and ill-health can be better handled in Canadian OHS.

Although they address the gendered and racialized dimensions of new work processes and structures in contemporary workplaces, Foster and Barnetson contend that the practice of occupational health and safety can only be understood if we acknowledge that workers and employers have conflicting interests. Who identifies what workplace hazards should be controlled is therefore a product of the broader political economy of employment and one that should be well understood by those working in the field.


About the Authors

Jason Foster is associate professor of human resources and labour relations at Athabasca University. He was previously the director of policy analysis at the Alberta Federation of Labour where he spent more than a decade as an occupational health and safety practitioner, advocate, and educator.

Bob Barnetson is a professor of labour relations at Athabasca University. He is the author of The Political Economy of Workplace Injury in Canada (2010) and co-editor of Farm Workers in Western Canada: Injustice and Activism (2016). His research focuses on the political economy of workplace injuries, with particular attention to child, migrant, and farm workers. Formerly, Bob worked for a trade union, the Alberta Workers’ Compensation Board, the Alberta Labour Relations Board, and Alberta Employment and Immigration.



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Copyright: This work is licensed under a Creative Commons License (CC BY-NC-SA 4.0). It may be reproduced for non-commercial purposes, provided that the original author is credited.


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Download1. Workplace Injury in Theory and Practice

Download2. Legislative Framework of Injury Prevention and Compensation

Download3. Hazard Recognition, Assessment and Control

Download4. Physical Hazards

Download5. Chemical and Biological Hazards

Download6. Psycho-social Hazards

Download7. Health Effects of Employment

Download8. Training and Injury Prevention Programs

Download9. Incident Investigation

Download10. Disability Management and Return to Work

Download11. The Practice of Health and Safety

DownloadKey Terms