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ChapterTitleAuthorCurrent VersionView Chapter
1.1Foreword, acknowledgments 2019View Chapter
1.2Contents2019- November View Chapter
1.3Synopsis of the OHS Body of Knowledge2019View Chapter
2IntroductionPam Pryor 2019 View Chapter
The OHS Professional
3.1The generalist OHS professional in AustraliaPam Pryor and Leo Ruschena2012- New chapter plannedView Chapter
Global concepts
4WorkMike Rafferty and Sally Wright2012- New chapter in developmentView Chapter
5SafetySidney Dekker2019
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6HealthNiki Ellis2012- Under reviewView Chapter
The Human
Biology and Physiology
7.1The Human: As a biological systemKelly Johnstone and Keith Adam2012 - Under reviewView Chapter
Psychology
8.1The Human: Basic psychological principles Carlo Capponechia2012 - Under reviewView Chapter
8.2The Human: Basic principles of social interaction Bill Pappas, Carlo Capponechia and Eleanor H. Wertheim 2012 - Under reviewView Chapter
Socio-political context
9.1Socio-political context for OHS in Australia Liz Bluff2019View Chapter
9.2Work Health and Safety Law in Australia Neil Foster, Barry Sherriff, Eric Windholtz, Richard Johnstone, Leo Ruschena2014 - Under reviewView Chapter
The Organisation
10.1The OrganisationAndrew Hopkins, John Toohey, Dennis Else, Bob Stacy, David Borys, Susanne Tepe2012 - Under reviewView Chapter
10.2Organisational Culture: A search of MeaningDavid Borys2019View Chapter
10.3Governance and OHSFuture Chapter
Systems
12.1SystemsDavid Borys, Steve Cowley, Susanne Tepe, Andrew Morrell, Wendy Macdonald 2012 - Under reviewView Chapter
12.2OHS Management SystemsFuture Chapter
12.3Rules and proceduresDavid ProvanFuture Chapter
12.4Contractor managementFuture Chapter
12.5OHS performance evaluationFuture Chapter
12.6InvestigationsFuture Chapter
13Managing process safetyTrish Kerin2019View Chapter
Hazards
Basics
14Foundation SciencePam Pryor and Mike Capra2019View Chapter
15Hazards as a conceptPam Pryor2019View Chapter
16Biomechanical HazardsRobin Burgess Limerick2012View Chapter
17Biological HazardsGeoff Newman-Martin 2012 View Chapter
Chemical Hazards
18Chemical HazardsDino Pisaniello and Susanne Tepe2012 View Chapter
18.2Dusts, fibres and particlesFuture Chapter
18.3Process Hazards (Chemical)Trish Kerin2019View Chapter
Psychosocial Hazards
19Psychosocial hazards and occupational stress Kïrsten A Way2012View Chapter
20FatigueJessica L Paterson and Drew Dawson2012View Chapter
21Bullying, aggression and violenceKïrsten A Way2012View Chapter
Physical Hazards
22.1NoiseBeno Groothof2019View Chapter
22.2VibrationBeno Groothof2019View Chapter
23.1Electricity Leo Ruschena2019View Chapter
23.2Electricity Appendix - Arc Flash Brett Cleaves 2019View Chapter
24Ionising RadiationMartin L Ralph 2012 View Chapter
25Non-Ionising Radiation – Electromagnetic Leo Ruschena and Martin L Ralph 2019View Chapter
26Thermal environment Ross DiCorleto2019View Chapter
27Gravitational hazardsNeil Adams2019View Chapter
28Plant Tony Payne2012 View Chapter
29Mobile plant Gloria Kyriacou Morosinotto2012View Chapter
30Vehicles and occupational road useRwth Stuckey2012View Chapter
Risk
31.1RiskJean Cross2012 - Under reviewView Chapter
31.2OHS risk and decision making Carmel Bofinger, Jan Hayes, Chris Bearman, Derek Viner2019View Chapter
Causation
32Models of causation: Safety Yvonne Toft, Geoff Dell, Karen K Klockner and Allison Hutton2012 - Under reviewView Chapter
33Models of causation: Health determinantsWendy Macdonald2012 - Under reviewView Chapter
Control
34.1Control: Prevention and interventionLeo Ruschena 2019View Chapter
34.2User-Centered Safe Design approach to control Tim Horberry, Robin Burgess-Limerick, Neil Storey, Matthew Thomas, Leo Ruschena, Margaret Cook, Chad Pettitt2019View Chapter
34.3Health and safety in design Australian Institute of Health and Safety 2019View Chapter
34.4Design of work Future Chapter
35Mitigation of health impactsAustralian Institute of Health and Safety with Australian New Zealand Society of Occupational Medicine 2019View Chapter
36Emergency management Andrew Stanbury 2019View Chapter
Practice
37.1Introduction to ‘practice’ as a concept2012 - Under reviewView Chapter
37.2A problem-solving model of OHS practice Pam Pryor and Susanne Tepe2019View Chapter
37.3OHS professional practice for the 2020sFuture Chapter
Professional attributes
38.1Working in organisations Future Chapter
38.2Leadership and the OHS professional Future Chapter
38.3Ethics and Professional PracticeAustralian Institute of Health and Safety2019View Chapter
Professional attributesFuture Chapter
39.1The OHS professional as a ‘critical consumer’ of researchPauline Zardo and Pam Pryor 2012 - Under reviewView Chapter
39.2The OHS Professional as a workplace researcherFuture Chapter