Health and Safety in Canadian Workplaces

Workplace injuries happen every day
and can profoundly affect workers, their
families, and the communities in which
they live. This textbook is for workers
and students looking for an introduction
to injury prevention on the job. It
offers an extensive overview of central
occupational health and safety (OHS)
concepts and practices and provides practical
suggestions for health and safety
advocacy. Foster and Barnetson bring
the field into the twenty-first century by
including discussions of how precarious
employment, gender, and ill-health can be
better handled in Canadian OHS.

Although they address the gendered
and racialized dimensions of new work
processes and structures in contemporary
workplaces, Foster and Barnetson
contend that the practice of occupational
health and safety can only be understood
if we acknowledge that workers and
employers have conflicting interests. Who
identifies what workplace hazards should
be controlled is therefore a product of the
broader political economy of employment
and one that should be well understood
by those working in the field.