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Hugh Robertson's Articles

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Health and safety – Time to return to basics

11 May 2015, By

After five years of unrelenting attacks on health and safety from all sides, many activists were hoping to see a change in direction after the election. Labour had promised to prioritise the prevention of occupational cancers and illnesses, ensure that every employer could be inspected at any time, introduce a maximum temperature and reverse the…

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The Happiness report – Food for thought

24 Apr 2015, By

There has been a lot in the press about the World Happiness Report that was published today by Sustainable Development Solutions Network, an initiative under the United Nations. This aims at measuring how happy the population of each of 158 countries are. The UK comes in at 21, squeezed between the United Arab Emirates and…

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Government fails end of term health and safety report.

31 Mar 2015, By

The Government has published a “report book” on its reform of health and safety legislation over the past five years. It proudly boasts that it has reduced the number of regulations by 50%, and claims that: “Business response to these reforms has been strongly positive and they have been achieved without reducing health and safety…

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Self-employed safety rights: Government moves, but not enough

05 Mar 2015, By

Yesterday the Deregulation Bill completed its passage through the Lords. According to the Government, this Bill will ensure a “reduction of burdens resulting from legislation for businesses or other organisations or for individuals”. One of the proposals was to change the Health and Safety at Work Act to remove most self-employed people from its provisions.…

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