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Flooding – dealing with the aftermath

04 Jan 2016, By

The last few weeks have seen misery for people in many parts of the country as they have battled with the floods and their aftermath, both in their homes and their workplaces. For many people, this should be the first day back at work and it is important that employers and unions work together to make…

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Responsibility Deal – Gone but not mourned

15 Dec 2015, By

The Government has now admitted that the “Responsibility Deal” which they set up in 2010 to deal with health issues is to be quietly left to disappear. In the words of the Government spin doctors, the deals have been “parked”. These deals, which covered public health priorities such as alcohol, food and exercise, were seen…

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Workplace safety enforcement in freefall

14 Dec 2015, By

I have just read a paper that was produced a couple of months ago on health and safety inspections conducted by Local Authorities. They inspect the majority of workplaces, including most offices, shops, warehouses, distribution centres, leisure centres, care homes etc. They are often considered to be “low risk” but the reality is very different.…

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Work and Well-being – How to get involved

11 Dec 2015, By

In the past year or so far more employers in the UK have been introducing “well-being” schemes in the workplace. This follows a trend that we have seen in the USA where 70% of Fortune 200 companies and half of companies with over 50 staff have such programmes and over $6 billion is spent on…

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European Commission puts its foot in it!

19 Nov 2015, By

The European Commission have just published an information sheet on their new better regulation agenda. A lot of that is just saying that they will concentrate on the big things and not the small things, that they should do impact assessments before new regulations are considered and EU regulations should be “fit for purpose”. Now I…

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European Commission says still no action on worker health

28 Oct 2015, By

This year the European Trade Union Institute published a paper on work-related cancers in the EU. It showed that 102,500 deaths take place each year because of exposure to carcinogens in the workplace, twenty times the number caused by workplace injuries. That is a massive amount. Here in the UK the HSE puts the figure…

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