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Human Factors and Ergonomics #31: Handbook of Occupational Safety and Healthby Danuta Koradecka
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Occupational safety and health ? safe work in a safe environment. The challenge, of course, is how to make this happen and make it happen economically. A comprehensive study presenting the state of the art in the field, Handbook of Occupational Safety and Health provides a wide range of methods along with specific criteria for assessing hazard and exposure in the workplace environment. More importantly, it also offers ways to reduce these hazards. The book supplies a compendium of interdisciplinary knowledge that includes physical, chemical, and psychosocial risk factors in the working environment, highlighting issues in Occupational Safety and Health management.
The book discusses the ergonomic principles of shaping products, workstands, and work processes, highlighting the significance of international requirements for competitiveness in world economy. It presents the scientific basis for each safety and health issue, followed by well-illustrated case studies to demonstrate the concepts and theories and their application in real-world situations. Based on the results of international research, the book covers:
Developed by a team of renowned contributors, the book includes strategies for creating safe working conditions, accurately assessing hazards posed by harmful environmental factors, and preventing occupational accidents and diseases. Meticulously designed to be user-friendly, it provides the tools to create a safety culture beginning at the enterprise level through to the individual employee.
Book News Annotation:
Despite writing about occupational health and safety largely from a European Union perspective, Koradecka (director, Central Institute for Labour Protection-National Research Institute, Warsaw) contends that this handbook should be of general interest because of the globalization of production and regulation of labor markets and revolution in working conditions due to computerization. Polish experts address workers' psychophysical limitations, a wide range of hazards that can lead to occupational diseases and accidents, ergonomic workstation adaptations to reduce risks, and legal labor protections. They also discuss occupational risk assessment, protective equipment, the history of approaches to occupational safety and health management, and the integration and certification of systems. Illustrations feature equipment and statistical models. Annotation ©2010 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
A comprehensive study presenting the state of the art in the field, "Handbook of Occupational Safety and Health" provides a wide range of methods along with specific criteria for assessing hazard and exposure in the workplace environment. More importantly, it also offers ways to reduce these hazards.
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