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To vape or not to vape in the workplace?

27 Aug, By

Yesterday, the World Health Organization called for a ban on the use of e-cigarettes indoors, as well as a range of other restrictions on their sale and marketing. The UK Government has instantly, and predictably, rejected the proposal. E-cigarettes can be a dilemma for trade union representatives with many seeing them as a safer alternative to…

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28 Jul, By

31st July is the 40th anniversary of one of the most important and successful pieces of workplace legislation. On that day in 1974, the Health and Safety at Work Act received royal assent. Since then the number of fatalities in the workplace has fallen by 85% while the number of injuries at work has fallen…

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Don Quixote and Sancho Panza road traffic sign

Heroism Bill: Grayling tilts at windmills

21 Jul, By

The Justice Minister, Chris Grayling, has claimed that he is going to “Slay the health and safety culture”. Like Don Quixote, he’s bravely riding into battle with an opponent that isn’t actually there. In an interview to the Daily Telegraph he claimed that a Bill going before the House of Commons today will mean: “employees…

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Herald of Free Enterprise

Post-Zeebrugge ferry regulations to be scrapped

18 Jul, By

In March 1987 the P&O ferry Herald of Free Enterprise sank outside Zeebrugge resulting in 188 deaths. An inquiry was held which led to a considerable number of safety improvements. Now, in another outbreak of deregulatory zeal, the Government want to remove some of these regulations. It is not because this type of ferry no…

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Black Rod

New Bill wakens the dead

04 Jun, By

The new session of parliament which was opened today with the Queen’s speech has been called the “Zombie Parliament” because MPs have complained that there is a feel of the un-dead about it with the Government having run out of ideas. Well, judging by one of the Bill’s in the Queen’s speech, they are even…

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