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Hugh Robertson's Articles

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Protecting health and safety post-Brexit

26 Jul 2016, By

Given the possibility that the UK may no longer be covered by EU regulations on health and safety in the near future, what protection will British workers have to a safe workplace? This is important question because we are likely to see Britain negotiate a huge range of new trade agreements across the globe in…

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Mesothelioma statistics show need for action

11 Jul 2016, By

The HSE have published their fatalities statistics. Provisional figures indicate that 144 people were killed while at work in 2015/2016 – up from 142 in 2014/2015. This is the second year running that the numbers have increased and is a worrying trend given the decline in inspection activity by the HSE and local authorities. Unfortunately…

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Asbestos: Remove this killer dust

Asbestos: Time to get rid of it

23 May 2016, By

Asbestos is the biggest cause of workplace deaths. This year 5,000 people are likely to die prematurely as a result of asbestos exposure. This is around three times the number of road accident deaths. Most of those who die do so as a result of mesothelioma, a kind of cancer that can be caused by…

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Nudging in the right direction: Behavioural economics to improve workplace safety

12 May 2016, By

On various occasions I have criticised the Government’s reliance on “nudge theory”. The biggest  use of it in the workplace health area was the Responsibility Deal which the Government quietly closed last year. This attempted to promote a voluntary approach to health issues around food, alcohol and the workplace through getting pledges from manufacturers, retailers…

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Health and safety: Another reason for staying in

29 Apr 2016, By

Yesterday tens of thousands of trade unionists took part in activities to commemorate those who died through work. The theme of Workers Memorial Day was “strong laws, strong enforcement , strong unions”. To coincide with the day the TUC produced a report on the effect that the EU has had on our health and safety…

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Do we need a standard on health and safety?

12 Apr 2016, By

Plans for a certifiable international standard on health and safety are well underway. It is called ISO45001. This is a really big development as most big employers are likely to try to achieve certification, just as they currently do to other international standards such as ISO9001 (quality management). Yet most people who are going to…

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