Editor: Marcela G. Ribeiro

Series Title: Frontiers in Occupational Health and Safety

Changes in the World of Work and Impacts on Occupational Health and Safety

Volume 1

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ISSN: 2352-9423 (Print)
ISSN: 2352-9431 (Online)
ISBN: 978-1-60805-949-2 (Print)
ISBN: 978-1-60805-948-5 (Online)
Year of Publication: 2014
DOI: 10.2174/97816080594851140101


Frontiers in Occupational Health and Safety: Changes in the world of work and impacts on Occupational Health and Safety, highlights the various economic, political and cultural consequences which have altered the working environment of the world. The book describes the contradictions dealt with the workers and the emergence of new risks in the workplace.

The contents of this book include titles on work organization and occupational health in contemporary capitalism, critical reflections on nanotechnology and risks into the worker`s universe and occupational health and safety knowledge and practice.

This book is a valuable resource for MSc and PhD students, academic personnel and researchers seeking updated and critically important information on occupational health and safety and also gives a detailed view of the complex and broad world of the work universe to the readers.

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This is the first issue of the upcoming series entitled Frontiers of Occupational Health and Safety. The first volume, Changes in the World of Work and Impacts on Occupational Health and Safety, will focus on certain aspects of how the global economic, political, and cultural changes have reshaped the world of work.

The book begins with a discussion on the changes in work organization and their impacts on occupational safety and health. Some of the main aspects of new forms of work organization (NFWO) are presented. Dias and Lima propose that within NFWO there may be some paradoxes that workers are subjected to deal with. As a consequence of the performance control present in management systems of global organizations, as a NFWO, new work pathologies emerge, psychological ones, ordinarily named stress.

As a consequence of the fast technological development within processes and products, new risks emerge in the workplace. In such context, Martins and Dulley present a broad reflection of the impacts of new risks into workers’ universe, using nanotechnology as a backdrop. Nanotechnology encompasses an extraordinary diversity of technological approaches currently under development. This has created a relatively new industry. The goods being produced and introduced into the market are usually innovative and unfamiliar to most consumers. It was identified as an important source of known and unknown risks, and due to the increasing uncertainties posed by these technologies, regarding unique challenges in occupational health and safety, as well as environmental, legal, societal and ethical impacts.

At last, the changes in employment relationship; workforce demographics; workplace environment; and work organization, among others, have profoundly affected not only the working life, but also the structure of Occupational Health & Safety (OHS) professions, and the role of OHS professionals within organizations, workplace, workforce, and society. OHS professionals are and will be a necessary part of doing business worldwide, as researchers, educators, or practitioners. Ribeiro and Ventura seek to point out the concerning needs on OHS professional competencies demanded by such changes. Rather than giving clear and finite answers to such challenging questions, the authors invite reflections on what are at stake regarding OHS professionals training and education, skills and research.

There is much yet to be discussed regarding the frontiers of occupational health and safety. This book gives the reader hints of the complex and broad world of work universe.

Marcela G. Ribeiro, PhD
São Paulo


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