Opinion

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    Power and risk

    The recent story of diminishing public investment in HSE and local authority enforcement has sometimes been justified as a necessary focus on the higher hazards against everyday risks.

    By Mike Robinson, Chief executive, British Safety Council on 20 September 2019

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    Beware the working dead: presenteeism, a sacrifice too far?

    We've all been there. You're at work but your mind is not only not on the job, it's not even in the building. Concentration shot, an insistent headache thumps in time to clattering keyboards and you haven't written or said a constructive thing all afternoon. Welcome to presenteeism.

    By Matthew Holder, British Safety Council on 11 September 2019

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    Preventing occupational disease in India

    Dr. Kamalesh Sarkar explains how the Indian Council of Medical Research-National Institute of Occupational Health (ICMR-NIOH) is striving to prevent cases of occupational disease in India.

    By Gajal Gupta on 19 September 2019

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    The jury is out

    Paying the high price for health and safety failure: the Sentencing Council reports a five-fold increase in the average fine for UK health and safety convictions.

    By Neal Stone, McOnie Agency on 28 August 2019

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    A gig on your own?

    The way in which some people, often young, but not exclusively, are engaged in work is in jobs that are part of what is commonly referred to as the ‘gig economy’.

    By Lawrence Waterman OBE on 22 July 2019

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    Truth and honesty as the base for safe working

    There are obligations and responsibilities when operating as a charity that do not necessarily bear on every individual or organisation in the public eye.

    By Lawrence Waterman OBE on 01 July 2019

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    Guilty UK firms feel the impact of heavier fines

    In February 2016, the Sentencing Guidelines Council introduced new sentencing guidelines for health and safety offences in the workplace.

    By Helen Devery, BLM on 10 June 2019

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    Common tragedy

    There seems to be something hard-wired in all of us that we look after what we own.

    By Mike Robinson, Chief executive British Safety Council on 17 June 2019

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    ISO 45001: one year on

    It is now just over a year since the new international standard ISO 45001 for occupational health and safety management systems was introduced following almost five years of development.

    By David Parr, British Safety Council on 03 June 2019

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    Climate change: learning from the asbestos story

    There can’t be many people with responsibility for or interest in workplace health and safety unaware of the risks to health from inhaling asbestos fibres, or of the terrible toll of thousands of lives shortened by the diseases caused including its unique cancer, mesothelioma.

    By Lawrence Waterman OBE on 26 May 2019