A Comparative Study of Inspection Regimes in Times of Change
Preface and acknowledgements
The project on which this book is based had a long gestation and beneﬁted from the contribution of a number of people. The need to look more closely at the implementation of systematic OHS management (OHSM) within different national contexts was ﬁrst raised at an international workshop held in Amsterdam in 1998. This resulted in a previous book (K. Frick et al. (2000), Systematic Occupational Health and Safety Management: Perspectives on an International Development, Oxford: Elsevier) documenting practices on managing the work environment and their supports and constraints across a range of countries. It was clear from this project that further work was needed to understand the regulatory contexts of systematic OHSM. Some of the present authors were thus subsequently involved in a new project funded by the Swedish SALTSA research fund analyzing the development and implementation of the EU framework Directive 89/391 (see D. Walters (ed.) (2002), Regulating Health and Safety Management in the European Union, Brussels: P.E.I. Peter Lang). Both these projects suggested that the role of labour inspectorates in implementing systematic OHSM was little understood and warranted closer attention. This idea crystallized into a deﬁnitive project as a result of number of meetings with input from a range of international researchers, including a visit by Professor Per Langaa Jensen of the Danish Technical University to the University of New South Wales in the second half of 2002, and a meeting held in Brisbane subsequent to an international conference on challenges for OHS policy held at...