Global Concept of Work

Introduction The nature of work is deeply implicated in individual and social life, and is therefore quite a complex topic. James (1997) suggests that there are at least three ways of thinking about and therefore conceptualising work – productivist, instrumental/rational, and cultural/ontological. In productivist terms, work can be thought of as “efficient, purposive, socially useful [...]

Global Concept: Safety

The OHS Body of Knowledge (OHS BoK) has three global concepts: Work, Safety; and Health.1 In 2012, having been asked to define ‘Safety’ in the OHS BoK chapter on Global Concept: Safety, the author wrote “Safety is a large topic that resists simple definition.” (Dekker, 2012, p. 1.) He then explored four questions or viewpoints: [...]

Global Concept: Health

The preamble to the Constitution of the World Health Organisation (WHO) stated “health is a state of complete physical, mental and social well-being and not merely the absence of  disease or infirmity.” This definition – adopted by delegates to an International Health Conference in New York in 1946 – came into being on 7 April [...]