Occupational safety and health: the union perspective


  • Ross Wilson




The basic principle I wish to emphasise today is that, in the absence of any reasonable, effective alternative mechanisms capable of shifting the costs of accidents onto employers, or of compelling them to implement adequate safety precautions, there exists a key role for the Government and the law to play in preventing occupational injury and disease. I shall examine the basic principles underlying the approach ACOSH has taken to reform, and the strong case which exists for Government intervention to protect workers from death and injury. I shall also examine some alternative strategies for control in this area and finish by briefly outlining what a new Work Environment Act should contain as the basis for a more effective tripartite approach to the prevention of death, injury and disease caused by hazards in the work environment.


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Ross Wilson,