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Safety Can't be Measured free pdf The British Prime Minister has avowed to 'kill off the health and safety culture' which he described as 'a monster'. Nonetheless, industries face ever increasing public expectation and legislative pressure to improve safety when, actually, rates of safety improvement have slowed to a standstill. In Safety Can't Be Measured, Andrew Townsend suggests the main reason for the stagnation of safety improvement is the failure to recognise the evolution in accident causation and to evolve with it. He severely criticises some aspects of current day management of occupational safety and contends that everyone is trying to continuously improve something in which improvement cannot be measured, so the received wisdom underpinning safety management and regulation is not evidence-based and much of it is misguided. What is measured is the absence of safety - through incidents, injuries and the occurrence of ill health. We cannot continue to justify these ways of doing things, and claiming success by association, without admitting there might be other explanations. In this series of short chapters, occupational health and safety is put in context by demystifying the research, regulation and management of health and safety. Using evidence, Townsend challenges orthodox dogma by demonstrating that currently unused data could help deduce how safety really works, and thus support alternative thought processes from which new approaches to risk reduction and safety management could emerge.

About Andrew S. Townsend

Andrew Townsend had degrees in chemical engineering and safety management. He spent most of his active working life with Esso Petroleum as a construction engineer and project manager in petro-chemical complexes. Townsend also carried out in-house research at Esso and later ran his own health and safety consultancy and acted as a safety auditor. Medical retirement brought a premature end to his active career in industry. He returned to study and research, subsequently being offered the opportunity to undertake a research PhD at Southampton University School of Management. Andrew Townsend's particular approach to blending experience and learning was applied and tested during his time as a member of a national ski coaching team and whilst crewing racing yachts.

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Author : Andrew S. Townsend
Publisher : Gower Publishing Ltd
Data Published : 27 August 2013
ISBN : 1409453111
EAN : 9781409453116
Format Book : PDF, Epub, DOCx, TXT
Number of Pages : 188 pages
Age + : 18 years
Language : English
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