Readings on work health and safety

  • Work Health and Safety Law and Policy by R Johnstone, E Bluff and A Clayton (Thomson Reuters 2012) provides a comprehensive, plain language explanation and analysis of the law that regulates work health and safety, workers’ compensation and rehabilitation in Australia.

  • R Johnstone and M Tooma, Work Health and Safety Regulation in Australia. The Model Act, The Federation Press, Sydney, 2012.

For additional references on the regulation of work health and safety see:

  • Australian Government, National Review Into Model Occupational Health and Safety Laws. First Report to the Workplace Relations Ministers’ Council, Commonwealth of Australia, Canberra, 2008 - this first report (and the second report below) provide the background to and very useful explanation of the rationale for provisions in the national Model Work Health and Safety Bill (the basis for the harmonised legislation in Australia)

  • Australian Government, National Review Into Model Occupational Health and Safety Laws. Second Report to the Workplace Relations Ministers’ Council, Commonwealth of Australia, Canberra, 2009.

  • E Bluff, N Gunningham and R Johnstone (eds.), OHS Regulation for a Changing World of Work, Federation Press, Sydney, 2004 - a collection of papers on standards setting, enforcement, worker representation and management of work health and safety, including initiatives for small businesses

  • E Bluff and R Johnstone, “The relationship between ‘reasonably practicable’ and risk management regulation” (2005) 18 Australian Journal of Labour Law 197-239.

  • WG Carson, “White Collar Crime and the Enforcement of Factory Legislation” (1970) 10 British Journal of Criminology 383

  • WG Carson, “Some Sociological Aspects of Strict Liability and the Enforcement of Factory Legislation” (1970) 33 Modern Law Review 396

  • WG Carson, “The Conventionalisation of early Factory Crime” (1979) 7 International Journal of the Sociology of Law 37 – this and the preceding two articles by Carson explore the history and dynamics of enforcement of work health and safety law

  • WB Creighton and P Rozen, Occupational Health and Safety Law in Victoria, 3 rd ed, Federation Press, Sydney, 2007 – a detailed analysis of work health and safety law in Victoria.

  • N Foster, Workplace Health and Safety Law in Australia, LexisNexis Butterworths, Sydney, 2012

  • K Frick, PL Jensen, M Quinlan and T Wilthagen (eds), Systematic Occupational Health and Safety Management: Perspectives on An International Development, Pergamon, Amsterdam, 2000 – an interdisciplinary collection on systematic management of work health and safety

  • N Gunningham, Safeguarding the Worker, Law Book, Sydney, 1984 – for a historical perspective and discussion of work health and safety regulatory policy

  • N Gunningham , Mine Safety-Law, Regulation, Policy, The Federation Press, Sydney, 2007 - an analysis of design, implementation and enforcement of work health and safety law in the mining industry

  • N Gunningham and R Johnstone, Regulating Workplace Safety: Systems and Sanctions, OUP, Oxford, 1999 – explores issues in work health and safety regulatory policy, particularly in standard setting and enforcement

  • P James and D Walters, Regulating Health and Safety at Work: The Way Forward, The Institute of Employment Rights, London, 1999 – a critical review of the English health and safety legislation, with an agenda for reform

  • R Johnstone, Occupational Health and Safety Courts and Crime: The Legal Construction of Occupational Health and Safety Offences in Victoria, Federation Pres, Sydney, 2003 - an analysis of work health and safety offences in Victorian prosecutions

  • C Mayhew and C Peterson, Occupational Health and Safety in Australia, Allen & Unwin, Sydney, 1999 – a collection of readings on work health and safety

  • C Parker and VL Nielsen (eds), Explaining Compliance. Business Responses to Regulation, Edward Elgar, Cheltenham, UK, 2011 - a series of papers explaining compliance

  • M Quinlan, P Bohle and F Lamm, Managing Occupational Health and Safety, 3 rd ed, Palgrave Macmillan, Melbourne, 2010 – an excellent introduction to work health and safety, including good chapters on work health and safety, and workers’ compensation law

  • Safe Work Australia - publishes interpretive guidelines and other guidance materials explaining the harmonised work health and safety legislation in Australia

  • M Tooma, Tooma’s Annotated Occupational Health and Safety Act 2004 Victoria, Lawbook Co, Sydney, 2005 - a detailed analysis of the Victorian OHS Act 2004

  • M Tooma, Due Diligence: Duty of Officers, CCH Australia, Sydney, 2012

  • D Walters et al, Regulating Workplace Risks, Edward Elgar, Cheltenham, UK, 2011 - a comparative study of work health and safety inspection regimes in five countries

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