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Who provides your occupational health?

29 Sep 2016, By

A recent TUC survey showed that 92% of workplaces with union health and safety representatives have some form of occupational health provision. This is well above the national average, where it is estimated that only 38% of the UK workforce has occupational health service coverage. The difference is partly because the areas that are most…

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Union health and safety representatives rock!

19 Sep 2016, By

Every two years the TUC asks trade union health and safety representatives about the issues that affect them, and the results are always really interesting. The 2016 survey results have just been published and show that across every sector the biggest issue they deal with is stress. Bullying and harassment is also becoming more of…

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Health and Safety Executive

HSE: What social partnership means to the Tories

05 Sep 2016, By

On Friday the Government announced  a number of new appointments to the board of the Health and Safety Executive. The DWP did not indicate who they were representing when they made the announcement but, after a request from Hazards magazine, the HSE confirmed that two of the new appointments and one of the reappointments were employee representatives.…

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Changes to company records would be bad for workers

08 Aug 2016, By

Companies House is proposing a significant change to how long information on companies is kept that could have a major impact on the ability of workers to get compensation for diseases that appear many years after exposure. At present, if a company is dissolved, the information is stored by Companies House for 20 years. The…

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ILO

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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Asbestos

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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