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    Wellbeing: start by talking to your staff

    The Covid pandemic has shone a light on the declining mental wellbeing of UK workers.

    By Mike Robinson, British Safety Council on 02 February 2021

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    The power of thank you

    It’s been said that since we are given the gift of 84,000 seconds every day, we should use at least one of them to say ‘thank you’. That’s not bad advice. And a simple thank you does more than you might think, for you, as well as for those on the receiving end.

    By Samantha Peters, Being Well Together Committee on 10 December 2020

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    The ‘new normal’ needs good mental health

    That ‘we shout safety but whisper health’ was something regularly heard within the construction health and safety community before 2020.

    By Jennie Armstrong on 19 November 2020

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    In 2020, our lungs couldn’t catch a break

    Our government urgently needs to step up action on air pollution.

    By Dominic Phinn, ClientEarth on 03 December 2020

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    Covid-19 is now a foreseeable risk: duty holders on notice

    The Covid-19 pandemic has put a spotlight on health and safety requirements the civil and criminal law imposes on duty holders. It has done so in the context of a virus no one had heard of 12 months ago and in respect of which scientific understanding is evolving.

    By Keith Morton QC on 03 November 2020

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    Making common between the local and national

    The idea that ‘local knows best’ is a deeply rooted one. The UK’s national institutions such as the Home Office, even the monarchy or Church of England, are relative latecomers when compared to local structures like shires that originated with our Saxon or Roman heritage.

    By Mike Robinson, British Safety Council on 02 November 2020

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    The future of wellbeing

    I don’t think it’s any exaggeration to say that 2020 is already a year like no other. At the end of last year, I wrote about how anxiety is causing us to take our health and wellbeing far more seriously.

    By Mike Robinson, British Safety Council on 12 October 2020

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    Injury prevention must be a public health priority

    It’s Zahra’s first day back at work, as her office reopens after several months. Before this year, she wouldn’t have said her job at an IT services company was a dangerous one – bar the odd stray cable on the floor.

    By Lesley Rankin, Institute for Public Policy Research on 21 October 2020

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    Something to smile about

    Something I really miss these days is smiling. I don’t mean I never smile. Rather, it’s the interaction I miss. I smile at you. You smile at me. Our mood lifts. It’s a language everyone understands. Masks inevitably mute the process.

    By Samantha Peters, Chair of Being Well Together on 05 October 2020

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    New HSE RIDDOR reporting guidance – uncertainties remain in social care

    By Rekha Sharma and Chris Green, Keoghs on 01 June 2020