Contents of the ILO Encyclopaedia of Occupational health and Safety



A Short History of the Encyclopaedia

What's new in the Fourth Edition

Preface to the new Fourth Edition

Foreword by the Editor in Chief

List of Contributing Institutions





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About Workplace Health and Safety Information

The Source for Reliable Information on Work and Health
The Encyclopaedia of Occupational Health and Safety is the authoritative source of information on all aspects of the multidisciplinary field of occupational safety and health. The new edition was produced through the collaboration of thousands of recognized experts from over 50 countries. There are over 1,000 articles in the fourth edition. They are complemented by over 1,000 illustrations and easy-to-read tables in an attractive, specially designed format.

Organized and Comprehensive
The four volumes of the revised and expanded fourth edition have been arranged in parts and chapters which correspond to the various disciplines comprising the field of occupational safety and health.

Volume I
is made up of four parts which comprehensively address health and management issues. The Body contains chapters which take a medical approach in their discussion of disease and injury. Health Care provides information on health promotion and protection and occupational health services. Management and Policy addresses the ethical, legal and social policy aspects of the field of occupational safety and health. It also covers educational, informational and institutional resources. Tools and Approaches covers occupational health and safety applications and areas of study. It provides insight into disciplines including epidemiology, ergonomics, occupational hygiene, statistics and toxicology.

Volume II
focuses entirely on hazards and its detailed analysis is divided into four parts. Psychosocial and Organizational Factors discusses issues such as job stress, job security, career development, prevention and interpersonal, individual and macro-organizational factors. General Hazards covers a wide variety of health and safety topics, such as barometric pressure, biological hazards, heat and cold, hours of work, indoor air quality, noise, radiation and violence. The Environment addresses hazards and policy questions relating to work and the environment, as well as pollution control. Accidents and Safety Management provides information on hazard recognition, evaluation and control.

Volume III
looks at the activities and substances involved in all of the major industries. Chemicals explores safe handling and transport, minerals and agricultural chemicals and metals. Industries Based on Biological Resources covers animal-related and farming industries, food and beverages, and wood-based products. The chapters in Industries Based on Natural Resources discuss industries such as mining, iron and steel, oil exploration and drilling and power generation. Chemical Industries provides an overview of chemical processing and its applications in the oil and natural gas, pharmaceutical and the rubber industries. Manufacturing Industries covers basic manufacturing industries, while Textiles and Apparel Industries focuses specifically on clothing, textile goods and leather, fur and footwear. Transport Industries covers the manufacture and repair of transport vehicles. Construction contains a chapter with sections covering health and safety, prevention and management; major sectors and their related hazards; and the tools, equipment and materials used in the industry. Services and Trade provides information on a wide variety of services industries and occupations.

Volume IV
contains useful Guides and Indexes. The Guide to Occupations provides samples of an innovative hazard-card system for presenting information on occupation and their related hazards. The Guide to Chemicals supplies information on over 2,000 chemicals. Physical and chemical properties and hazards are presented in hundreds of consistently organized tables. The Guide to Units and Abbreviations summarizes the international system of units of measurement and lists the abbreviations and acronyms used throughout the Encyclopaedia. Three indexes facilitate access to information by subject, chemical substance name and author cited.

International Expertise
The Encyclopaedia was authored and edited by an international body of experts. Contributions were made by virtually every professional organization and academic institution involved in occupational health and safety. Reflecting the multidisciplinarity of the field, authorities representing a wide range of expertise wrote, edited and review the comprehensive articles comprising the fourth edition. Perspectives from the private and public sectors, academia and industry, labour and management, researchers and practitioners provide an invaluable resource for all concerned with health and safety at work.
Thousands of references are cited. They are listed at the end of each chapter, along with hundreds of other relevant readings.
Authors and editors are listed in each of the respective volumes. (The CD-ROM version also include photographs of the contributors.) The fourth volume also contains a Directory of Experts which gives detailed information about hundreds of occupational safety and health specialists, including how to contact them.

CD-ROM version
The CD-ROM version presents the same information in the same logical organization as the printed volumes, with the added benefits of advanced search capabilities. Every single one of the millions of words in the articles, references and tables is searchable.


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