A retreat from regulation and enforcement, combined with the impact of globalisation, is leading to new problems and new epidemics, according to a new book. 'Occupational health and safety: International influences and the 'new' epidemics', a collection a papers by leading health and safety academics worldwide, exposes how hard won regulations are being undermined by deregulation and how the export of hazardous work is creating a new degeneration of workplace disease victims in developing nations. In developed nations, the shift from blue collar to service sector work and new forms of more precarious employment are reducing union power and creating more workplaces where safety is more difficult to enforce. The editors' note: 'As work intensification has increased in the past decade - associated with the pressures of globalisation - it appears that managerial willingness to accept responsibility for the consequences of poor occupational health and safety has diminished.' This book is not a light read, but it is a key source for any serious student keen to investigate the pressures that are making work more hazardous today and laying the groundwork for the occupational ill-health epidemics of tomorrow.