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Regulating health and safety management in the European Union

a study of the dynamics of change

David Walters

Bruxelles, P.I.E. Peter Lang, 2002, 346 s. (Work & society 35) ; ISBN 90-5201-998-3
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In the face of the challenge of economic competition in increasingly globalised markets, regulating the management of occupational risk is a central aspect of strategies for both social protection and employability in the European Union. The analysis of the supports and constraints to its development and implementation is therefore of fundamental importance in understanding the significance of the role of regulation in the changing world of work in the European Union today.

The EU Framework Directive 89/391 was an important milestone in the shift from prescriptive to more process based forms of health and safety regulation in the EU. In this book the origins and development of this approach are traced in several European countries and the impact of the Framework Directive on the process and dynamics of change is analysed. The book shows how economic, political, technical and regulatory structures, cultures and practices influenced, filtered and formed national reception, transposition and implementation of the Directive. It highlights both the strengths and weaknesses of process regulation and helps to explain variation in its operation.

Contents: Contents: David Walters/Ton Wilthagen/Per Langaa Jensen: Introduction. Regulating Health and Safety Management in the European Union - David Walters: The Framework Directive - Anna Hedegaard Riis/Per Langaa Jensen: Denmark: Transforming Risk Assessment to Workplace Assessment - Chantal Rivest: France: From a Minimalist Transposition to a Full Scale Reform of the OHS System - Marian Schaapman: Germany: Occupational Health and Safety Discourse and the Implementation of the Framework Directive - Chantal Rivest: Italy: The Difficulty of Transposing National Law into Regional Practices - Jan Popma/Marian Schaapman/Ton Wilthagen: The Netherlands:

Implementation within wider regulatory reform - Kaj Frick: Sweden: Occupational Health and Safety Management Strategies From 1970-2001 - David Walters: United Kingdom: From a Piece-Meal Transposition to a Third Way - David Walters: Conclusions: The Reception of the Framework Directive in Different National Systems.

About the author(s)/editor(s):

The Editor: David Walters is Professor of Occupational and Environmental Safety and Health at South Bank University in London. He is the author of numerous publications on regulating occupational health and safety including Health and Safety in Small Enterprises (2001), also published by PIE-Peter Lang.