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Remembrance Day: Justice for veterans with mesothelioma

11 Nov 2014, By

On Remembrance Day is is worth reflecting on those veterans who died, not on the battlefield, but because of diseases they contracted while serving in the military, and how we treat these people. I am thinking in particular of those who develop mesothelioma. Mesothelioma is a form of cancer caused by exposure to asbestos. It can…

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How the Government buries good news: HSE and Europe

31 Oct 2014, By

Yet another report has been published which praises the effectiveness of the Health and Safety Executive. This time it is over their approach to Europe. It follows the Loftsedt, Temple and Young reviews which all said the HSE was doing a good job. So how come you have not heard of this one? Well, probably…

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Stoiber report: The dead hand of the European de-regulators

14 Oct 2014, By

There is a strange group on the fringes of the European Commission called the “The High Level Group on Administrative Burdens”. This was set up  in 2007 by the former Bavarian Chancellor and failed presidential candidate Edmund Stoiber, to advise the Commission on reducing “administrative burdens”. So far it has produced over 40 reports, ranging…

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Safety cuts: Chipping away at tripartitism

22 Sep 2014, By

According to papers produced by the HSE, it is considering closing down a number of committees where it gets advice from a range of people including unions and employers. Two of these committees deal with toxic substances and have been instrumental in developing the HSE’s policy on a range of hazards, including asbestos. One committee,…

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To vape or not to vape in the workplace?

27 Aug 2014, By

Yesterday, the World Health Organization called for a ban on the use of e-cigarettes indoors, as well as a range of other restrictions on their sale and marketing. The UK Government has instantly, and predictably, rejected the proposal. E-cigarettes can be a dilemma for trade union representatives with many seeing them as a safer alternative to…

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HAPPY BIRTHDAY HEALTH AND SAFETY AT WORK ACT

28 Jul 2014, By

31st July is the 40th anniversary of one of the most important and successful pieces of workplace legislation. On that day in 1974, the Health and Safety at Work Act received royal assent. Since then the number of fatalities in the workplace has fallen by 85% while the number of injuries at work has fallen…

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Heroism Bill: Grayling tilts at windmills

21 Jul 2014, By

The Justice Minister, Chris Grayling, has claimed that he is going to “Slay the health and safety culture”. Like Don Quixote, he’s bravely riding into battle with an opponent that isn’t actually there. In an interview to the Daily Telegraph he claimed that a Bill going before the House of Commons today will mean: “employees…

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