Book review of "Safe Design and Construction of Machinery: regulation, practice and performance" by E. Bluff. Surrey, UK, Ashgate, 2015. ISBN: 978-1-4724-5078-4

Paul, Gunther (2016) Book review of "Safe Design and Construction of Machinery: regulation, practice and performance" by E. Bluff. Surrey, UK, Ashgate, 2015. ISBN: 978-1-4724-5078-4. Journal of Health, Safety and Environment, 32 (1). pp. 1-4.

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[Extract] With Safe Design and Construction of Machinery, the author presents the results of empirical studies into this significant aspect of safety science in a very readable, well-structured format. The book contains 436 references, 17 tables, one figure and a comprehensive index. Liz Bluff addresses a complex and important, but often neglected domain in OHS — the safety of machinery — in a holistic and profound, yet evidence based analysis; with many applied cases from her studies, which make the book accessible and a pleasant lecture. Although research that led to this remarkable publication might have been primarily focused on the regulators, this book can be highly recommended to all OHS academics and practitioners. It provides an important contribution to the body of knowledge in OHS, and establishes one of the few Australian in-depth insights into the significance of machinery producers, rather than machinery users in the wider framework of risk management. The author bases this fresh perspective on the well-established European Machinery Safety guidelines, and grounds her mixed-methods research predominantly in qualitative analysis of motivation and knowledge, which eventually leads to specific safety outcomes. It should be noted that both European and Australian legal aspects are investigated and considered, as both equally apply to many machinery exporters. A detailed description of the research design and methods can be found in an appendix. Overall, the unique combination of quantitative safety performance data and qualitative analysis of safety behaviours form a valuable addition to the understanding of machinery safety. The author must be congratulated on making these complex relationships transparent to the reader through her meticulous inquiry.

Item ID: 48182
Item Type: Article (Book Review)
ISSN: 1837-9362
Keywords: OHS regulation, machinery safety, safety performance, safety behaviour
Date Deposited: 27 Jul 2017 04:06
FoR Codes: 11 MEDICAL AND HEALTH SCIENCES > 1117 Public Health and Health Services > 111705 Environmental and Occupational Health and Safety @ 100%
SEO Codes: 92 HEALTH > 9205 Specific Population Health (excl. Indigenous Health) > 920504 Occupational Health @ 100%
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