Safety, Security, Health and Environment Law is a fully revised and restructured third edition of Michael Tooma’s ground-breaking integrated approach to the law and practice of work health and safety, security and environment management.
This new edition builds on the discussion in the previous editions of the synergies between the regulation of and approaches to safety, security, health and the environment. It considers in detail the legislative treatment of these areas across State, Territory and federal jurisdictions in light of the harmonisation of modern work health and safety laws. This discussion is preceded by an overview of the historical and international context leading to the development of the laws.
This edition has been made more user-friendly by devoting individual chapters to safety, security and health duties. Each chapter provides a comprehensive discussion of the legal duties of a person conducting a business or undertaking, including suppliers, designers, controllers, installers, as well as workers. Useful Australian and international case studies are provided throughout the book.
Table of Cases
Table of Statutes
1. Introduction to Safety, Security, Health and Environment
2. The Development of Safety, Health and Environmental Laws
3. International Safety Laws
4. Safety, Security, Health and Environmental Legislative Framework
5. Safety Duties
6. Security Duties
7. Health Duties
8. Rethinking Safety, Security, Health and Environment Management and Enforcement
The book provides a solid foundation in workplace health and safety law, from a number of interesting angles. Its real strength lies in its detailed case studies. These detailed examples provide a clear illustration of the principles described throughout the book. While the book does not contain an exhaustive analysis of legal principles, it would serve as a good reference book and starting point for legal issues arising in this area.
Queensland Law Reporter – 12 April 2019 –  14 QLR
Reviews of previous editions:
…anyone who is interested in risk management, environment risk or health care can benefit from the analysis and the book is recommended as an example of a new integrated approach to risk.
In-Spire Journal of Law, Politics and Societies, Vol 4, No 1 – 2009
What follows in the book, however, is the development of both a scholarly and practical framework for management of health, safety, security and environmental risks in an occupational setting.
Practitioners, both of the law and of safety science, will discover that the text, methodically, explores the myriad of legislation which governs these areas of practice. In addition, the author undertakes a wide-ranging examination of the principal case law dealing with that legislation.
…chapter 5 of the book should be mandatory reading.
…the text represents a valuable resource for students, academics and practitioners with an interest in the law of safety, security, health and environmental in an occupational context.
Hearsay, The Journal of the Bar Association of Queensland, October 2008
This book challenges the standing approach to occupational health and safety.
Each chapter contains extensive references to relevant legislation, with case summaries extracted to illustrate principles along with discussion of relevant literature and expert commentary.
NSW Law Society Journal, July 2008
This book, published in early 2008, offers an interesting outline and analysis of three areas of law as they relate to business undertakings: namely, occupational health and safety, security, and environmental law.
The book usefully provides a clear and succinct outline of the main statutory obligations of businesses, as well as the obligations of directors and managers, in these three areas of law; these are well supplemented by reference to case law. The book has an excellent chapter on management systems, performance management and evaluation, which I would recommend to any practitioner …
Chris Molnar, Law Institute Journal Victoria, November 2008
This book gives a comprehensive analysis of current occupational security law in a variety of industries and analyses associated duties, personal liability and risk management systems.
Michael comes with impressive credentials which include being partner in charge of National Safety, Security, Health and Environment practice at Deacons.
…written in a relaxed style which not only makes it informative but enjoyable to read.
The book will be of particular interest to practitioners working in OHS and PI law. At under $100, the book will make a good acquisitiion to the office library.
Brief, Law Society of Western Australia, 2008
Anyone who works with OHS in Australia will benefit from reading this book as it shows some of the differences in the legislation across the States.
Safeguard, November/December 2008