From the TUC

Health and Safety

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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Progress made on new safety fund by G7

20 Oct 2015, By

In May I wrote a blog about a new fund that the world’s main industrialised countries (The G7) were setting up to help prevent workplace deaths and injuries. The catalyst for this was the large number of appalling industrial accidents in supply chains such as the collapse of the Raina Plaza garment factory in 2013,…

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Asbestos. Time to grasp the nettle

16 Oct 2015, By

It is said that if you say something often enough and loud enough everyone believes it is true regardless of the facts. This is the case with asbestos. We have been told for decades that the safest way of managing asbestos in the workplace is to leave it where it is if it is undamaged.…

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European regulation is good for you (Part 2)

15 Oct 2015, By

Earlier this week I posted a blog about an EU evaluation of the European occupational safety and health directives. I complained that the Commission had not published the report, although a joint opinion by union, employer and government representatives was available. Well now, because of an apparent mistake by an Irish employers organisation, we can…

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Stopping the Job – collectively

09 Sep 2015, By

There should be a health and safety law poster in every workplace in the country. This is produced by the HSE and tells workers what their legal rights are. It is simple and well-written. There is also a leaflet that covers the same area. However there is one very important right that is missing from…

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