From the TUC

Health and Safety

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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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: 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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