From the TUC

Health and Safety

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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What future for the HSE?

06 Apr 2016, By

The HSE have recently launched a new strategy called “Helping Great Britain work well”. It has six themes – Acting together; tackling ill health; managing risk well; supporting small employers; keeping pace with change and sharing our success. There is nothing there that many people will disagree with and some of it, such as tackling…

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#TUbill threat to union safety reps is still there

15 Mar 2016, By

Amongst its many highly controversial measures, the Trade Union Bill includes a provision to allow the Government to restrict access to facility time for trade union safety representatives in the public sector. Here is a quick reminder of why it is wrong, potentially unlawful and dangerous. Health and safety representatives’ time is not facility time…

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