Opinion

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    Why ‘Partygate’ has more to do with health, safety and wellbeing than you might think

    Many of you may feel unable to read even another word about the so-called ‘Partygate’ saga that has gripped Whitehall and saturated the media over the past six months. You may also be asking why this is even featuring on these pages, and what it has to do with health, safety, or even wellbeing?

    By Mike Robinson FCA, British Safety Council on 01 June 2022

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    All jobs greener: why we need workforce transformation for a sustainable future

    The shift to a green economy will create green jobs within new and emerging sectors, while those working in existing sectors will have to gain the requisite green skills to take advantage of the business value-creation opportunities that come from embedding sustainability across the whole organisation.

    By Martin Baxter, IEMA on 06 June 2022

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    Is it ever right to save money if it could cost people’s lives?

    When does something designed to protect you from danger become something that restricts your freedom and a cost you would rather avoid?

    By Mike Robinson FCA, British Safety Council on 10 June 2022

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    Safety incidents: preparation is key

    The way a business responds to a health and safety accident and any resulting regulatory investigation is crucial both for its reputation and the eventual legal outcome.

    By Rhian Greaves, DAC Beachcroft on 05 May 2022

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    Four-day week could boost employee mental wellbeing

    Thirty businesses have recently announced their participation in the UK’s biggest ever four-day week pilot, trialling a 32-hour, four-day working week with no loss in pay from June this year.

    By Grace Robinson, 4 Day Week Campaign on 19 April 2022

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    Are the rules simply there to be broken?

    Do we value regulations enough, or are we better off without them? Most of the time, many of us never pause to think about the rules that govern us, so embedded are they in our daily life.

    By Mike Robinson, chief executive, British Safety Council on 29 April 2022

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    The Building Safety Bill offers some financial relief for leaseholders

    The Building Safety Bill in its current form is an altogether better solution for leaseholders than we could have hoped for during the passage of the Fire Safety Act 2021.

    By Royston Smith MP, Southampton Itchen on 12 April 2022

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    ISO mental health standard needs a multi-disciplinary approach

    Ensuring the psychological safety of the workforce is an increasingly important area of practice for occupational safety and health (OSH) professionals.

    By Phil Newton, Associate, Pinsent Masons LLP on 06 April 2022

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    Asbestos in schools: government must start to fund its removal

    The ban on the importation and use of asbestos in the UK by a Labour government back in 1999 was welcomed by those who had campaigned for it and by health and safety professionals who had to deal with the deadly substance on a daily basis.

    By John McClean, Joint Union Asbestos Committee on 04 April 2022

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    Supporting mental health at work: getting started

    Given I am going to say that it helps us all if people can be open about their mental health, I am going to start by saying I have a mental health condition. I have depression and generalised anxiety.

    By Simon Stephen, Gowling WLG law firm on 18 April 2022