Contents of the ILO Encyclopaedia of Occupational health and Safety



A Short History of the Encyclopaedia

Introduction to the new Fourth Edition

Preface to the new Fourth Edition

Foreword by the Editor in Chief

List of Contributing Institutions





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The four volumes of the newest edition of the Encyclopaedia of Occupational Health and Safety include all-new and significantly revised material. The Encyclopaedia has been redesigned and features over 1,000 figures and tables in a easy-to-read format.

Coverage is comprehensive and in-depth. More than 1,000 articles arranged in more than 100 chapters reflect greatly expanded coverage. Workplace hazards, disciplines such as epidemiology, law, medicine, occupational hygiene and toxicology, and all the major industries and occupations are covered in individual chapters prepared by an international team of experts.

Ergonomics provides one example of the new approach taken in the fourth edition. In the third edition ergonomics was discussed in one short article. In the fourth edition it is the subject of its own chapter with specific articles addressing all aspects of this important topic. The chapter exemplifies the Encyclopaedia’s multidisciplinary approach and illustrates the interconnectedness of topics. Ergonomics is not only covered in a separate chapter but is also addressed in other related chapters, such as Psychosocial and Organizational Factors and Visual Display Units. It is also analysed as it relates to the industries and occupations discussed separately in Volume III.

The fourth edition has been wholly rearranged. Rather than being simply alphabetized dictionary-style, topics are organized in a conceptual manner. Subjects such are dealt with in thematically unified chapters which are structured to reflect the various disciplines comprising the field of occupational health and safety. With a focus on hazard recognition, prevention and control, the Encyclopaedia provides detailed information on all aspects of occupational health and safety.

Accessible and Easy to Use
Written for an international audience, the Encyclopaedia is aimed at both specialists and non-specialists. It’s both authoritative and easy to read. Doctors, engineers, hygienists, lawyers, managers, nurse, regulators, toxicologists, trade union leaders and anyone with an interest in safety and health at work will find practical answers to their questions in this reliable reference.

Each chapter lists not only its up-to-date references, but also suggests other relevant literature for researchers.


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