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Hugh Robertson's Articles

Bin pre-employment health screening

17 Jul 2017, By

Last week Iberian Airlines, part of the same company as British Airways, were fined €25,000 for asking a recruitment company to do medical screening of prospective cabin crew that included checking whether female applicants were pregnant. They did this before decided whether to offer them a job. Now you may ask how things like this…

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Grenfell Tower vigil

Grenfell exposes the true face of deregulation

21 Jun 2017, By

I think it is important that we do not rush to conclusions over the catastrophic fire at Grenfell Tower that has killed so many people in West London. The priority must be supporting residents who have lost their homes and comforting those who have lost loved ones. Many of those who lived, and died, in…

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Is this Tory mental health proposal going to help?

19 May 2017, By

The Conservative Party election manifesto includes a commitment to amend health and safety regulations, and many readers will be surprised and delighted to learn that, on this occasion, they are not proposing to reduce levels of protection. In fact, what the manifesto says is: “We will amend health and safety regulations so that employers provide…

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Workers need legal protection, not voluntary standards

12 May 2017, By

An international standard for health and safety may sound like a good idea to a lot of people, but the current proposals for one would be bad news for many workers. The International Standards Organisation (ISO) is developing a standard, called ISO45001, for the certification of employers health and safety management systems, but throughout the…

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Asbestos review shows shocking complacency

05 May 2017, By

The HSE has published a review of the way that the 2012 Control of Asbestos Regulations have been implemented. There was a requirement on the HSE to do this within the first five years of the regulations being implemented, but the HSE seems to have gone well beyond the requirements of the European Directive in…

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toxic warning on a drum of chemicals

HSE needs to ground its research in the workplace

04 May 2017, By

Unions have long been critical of the failure of the HSE to regulate and enforce on occupational health risks. For instance we have asked for specific regulations on stress, lower exposure limits on dust and silica, and for the removal of all asbestos in the workplace, but none of these have happened. Now that the…

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