Dr Steve Cowley PhD, BSc(Hons)(OHS), MSc(OccHyg), GCert(Ed), CMIOSH, FSIA

Derek Viner’s name is synonymous with the study and practice of engineering approaches to health and safety. In this highly readable and instructive book he draws on his enviable wealth of experience, taking the reader on a journey from the foundations of accident theory through the measurement, control and management of risk using practical, down-to-earth examples to demystify and simplify the subject and dispel common misconceptions.”


By totally unpacking the subject, Derek Viner has not only provoked the reader into exploring areas of risk mythology but also probed areas for those who are non-safety aware.

The book poses questions that you may not have thought about before. It not only poses the questions but the writer gives well-reasoned and suitably research answers.

Encompassing areas outside the OHS parameters allows the reader to consider and explore from the broadest of perspectives.

Those on the path of becoming part of the OHS profession will be able to use the book as an ideal reference to add to their portfolio of knowledge.”

Pam Pryor, Registrar Australian OHS Education Accreditation Board

This book has something for everybody from the experienced OHS professional to professionals from other disciplines who have a role in understanding and managing risk. Viner uses an easy story-telling style to take the reader on a journey.

The book is a good read and a major contribution to the ‘science of risk’ ensuring that the social influences and practical context are also considered.”

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