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ChapterTitleAuthorCurrent VersionView Chapter
1.1Foreword, acknowledgments 2024View Chapter
1.2Contents2024View Chapter
1.3Synopsis of the OHS Body of Knowledge2024View Chapter
2IntroductionPam Pryor 2019 View Chapter
The OHS Professional
3The Generalist OHS Professional: International and Australian PerspectivesPam Pryor, David Provan, Tristan Casey and Xiaowen Hu2021View Chapter
Global concepts
4WorkMike Rafferty and Sally Wright2012View Chapter
5SafetySidney Dekker2019
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6HealthDavid Beaumont2021View Chapter
The Human
Biology and Physiology
7.1The Human: As a Biological SystemKelly Johnstone, Keith Adam, Mike Capra and Joanne Crawford2021View Chapter
8.1The Human: Basic psychological principles Carlo CapponechiaUnder reviewView Chapter
8.2The Human: Basic principles of social interaction Bill Pappas, Carlo Capponechia and Eleanor H. Wertheim Under reviewView Chapter
Socio-political context
9.1Socio-political Context for OHS in Australia Liz BluffUnder reviewView Chapter
9.2Work Health and Safety Law in Australia Neil Foster, Barry Sherriff, Eric Windholtz, Leo Ruschena2020View Chapter
The Organisation
10.1The OrganisationMichael Griffiths, Debra Burlington2020View Chapter
10.2.1Organisational Culture: A Search for MeaningDavid BorysUnder reviewView Chapter
10.2.1BAppendix Organisational Culture: Thematic analysis of data from interviews and focus groupsUnder reviewView Chapter
10.2.2Organisational Culture: Reviewed and RepositionedDavid Borys2020View Chapter
10.3Governance and OHSPlanned Chapter
12.1SystemsPaul M Salmon, Gemma J.M. Read, Adam Hulme2023View Chapter
12.2OHS Management SystemsNektarios Karanikas, Pam Pryor2021View Chapter
12.3.1Rules and proceduresDavid Provan, Andrew Rae2020View Chapter
12.3.2Document UsabilityKlaus Hofer2020View Chapter
12.4Contractor safety managementIn developmentPlanned Chapter
12.5OHS performance evaluationPlanned Chapter
12.6.1InvestigationsGeoff Dell, Yvonne Toft, Ivan Cikara, David Skegg and Shevaun Dell2024View Chapter
12.6.2Guide to InvestigationsGeoff Dell, Yvonne Toft, Ivan Cikara, David Skegg and Shevaun Dell2024View Chapter
13Managing process safetyTrish KerinUnder reviewView Chapter
14Foundation SciencePam Pryor and Mike Capra2019View Chapter
15Hazard as a ConceptPam Pryor2024View Chapter
16Work-related Musculoskeletal DisordersDavid Trembearth and Joanne Crawford 2021View Chapter
17.1Chemical HazardsSusanne Tepe, Dino Pisanielle and Terry Elms2023View Chapter
17.2Health effects of Hazardous ChemicalsMike Capra and Scott Hahn2023View Chapter
17.3Dusts, Fumes & FibresLinda Apthorpe, Dr Shahnaz Bakand, Dr Jennifer Hines, Leanne Treadwell, Jane Whitelaw2023View Chapter
17.4Process Hazards (Chemical)Trish KerinUnder reviewView Chapter
18Biological HazardsAmanda Jones2021View Chapter
19Psychosocial hazards Kïrsten A Way2020View Chapter
20FatigueJessica L Paterson, Sally A Ferguson and Drew Dawson2020View Chapter
21Bullying and violenceCarlo Caponecchia, Kïrsten A Way2021View Chapter
22.1Occupational NoiseBeno Groothof2024View Chapter
22.2VibrationBeno Groothof2024View Chapter
23.1Electricity Leo Ruschena2021View Chapter
23.2Electricity Appendix - Arc Flash Brett Cleaves Under reviewView Chapter
24Ionising RadiationMartin L Ralph 2021View Chapter
25Non-Ionising Radiation – Electromagnetic Leo Ruschena and Martin L Ralph Under reviewView Chapter
26Thermal environment Ross DiCorleto2019View Chapter
27Gravitational hazardsNeil Adams2019View Chapter
28Mechanical Plant Roger Lim, Tony Payne2020View Chapter
29Mobile plant Gloria Kyriacou MorosinottoUnder reviewView Chapter
30Vehicles and occupational road useRwth Stuckey2019View Chapter
31.1RiskJean Cross2019View Chapter
31.2OHS risk and decision making Carmel Bofinger, Jan Hayes, Chris Bearman, Derek Viner2019View Chapter
32Models of causation: Safety Yvonne Toft, Geoff Dell, Karen K Klockner and Allison HuttonUnder reviewView Chapter
33Models of causation: Health determinantsWendy MacdonaldUnder reviewView Chapter
34.1Prevention 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 Lisette Kanse and Laura Fruhen2022View 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
37.1Introduction to ‘practice’ as a conceptUnder reviewView Chapter
37.2A problem-solving model of OHS practice Pam Pryor and Susanne Tepe2019View Chapter
37.3OHS professional practice for the 2020sPlanned Chapter
37.4Workers Working from HomePam Pryor and David Provan2020View Chapter
Professional attributes
38.1Working in organisations Planned Chapter
38.2Organisational LearningPlanned Chapter
38.3Ethics and Professional PracticeAustralian Institute of Health and Safety2019View Chapter
Professional skillsPlanned Chapter
39.1The OHS professional as a ‘critical consumer’ of researchAndrew Rae, Anne Statham and Pam Pryor 2023View Chapter
39.2The OHS Professional as a workplace researcherPlanned Chapter
39.3The OHS Professional as a workplace influencerIn developmentPlanned Chapter