The A-Z of Health and Safety

Author: Jeremy Stranks
Price: £19.99
Publisher: Thorogood
Pages: 637
ISBN: 1854183877

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Jeremy Stranks is an acknowledged expert in the field of health and safety, having been a chief examiner for the National Examination Board in Occupational Safety and Health exams for many years. This is his latest offering to try and help those of us who have to find a path through the precarious minefield of health and safety.

The book is well-structured, and individual topics are easy to find. The author also manages to give clear and concise advice, without straying too much into jargon.

The price puts it into the affordable category for any HR manager who has the occasional need to understand elements of the legislation. The cross-references from one topic to another make this book easy to follow. Charts, tables and diagrams are used sparingly.

The book will never replace an expert for advice, but it fits well for any practitioner who has the unenviable in-house label of ‘nominated competent person’. It covers many areas, starting with accidents and finishing with young persons – a clear link from start to finish. As ever with such a volume, there are gaps but these are more technical than general.

There will always be a need to have frequent editions to keep up to date with current regulations. Ultimately, this is a book for any general HR practitioner.

Useful? four out of five stars

Well written? three out of five stars

Practical? four out of five stars

Inspirational? two out of five stars

Value for money? five out of five stars

Overall four out of five stars

Reviewed by Ron Hancock, bursar and clerk, Bradford Grammar School

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