Representing Workers on Occupational Safety and Health: Some Lessons from a Largely Ignored History

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David Walters

University of Wales System - Cardiff University

Michael Quinlan

The University of Notre Dame Australia

Date Written: July 2019

Abstract

The decade from 1970 witnessed major reforms of occupational health and safety (OSH) laws in Western Europe, North America and Australasia. The establishment of worker representation in OSH was one of their most significant features. Largely overlooked in commentary then or since however was the fact that worker representation in safety had a far longer history, having operated in coal mining from a century earlier in some countries. The purpose of this paper is not so much to fill this historical gap as to examine this earlier development in terms of its contribution to better understand worker representation in OSH at the present time.

Suggested Citation

Walters, David and Quinlan, Michael, Representing Workers on Occupational Safety and Health: Some Lessons from a Largely Ignored History (July 2019). Industrial Relations Journal, Vol. 50, Issue 4, pp. 399-414, 2019. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3603526 or http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/irj.12268

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Michael Quinlan

The University of Notre Dame Australia ( email )

Sydney
Sydney, NSW 2000
Australia

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