Category Archives: Health & Safety

How much of a risk do new cleaning agents pose to you?......

UNISON survey aims to find out scale of problem in wake of concerns over rise in superbugs

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New and more powerful cleaning products are becoming more and more common in the workplace ­– but how do the chemicals they contain affect people’s health and safety?

That is a question that a new UNISON health and safety survey sets out to answer after the union became aware of several incidents. Workers have developed breathing problems and even been overcome by fumes in some cases.

Although the use, and potential misuse, of more powerful cleaning products might be sparked by increasing awareness of so-called superbugs such as c difficile and MRSA, the problem is not confined to the health sector.

That is why UNISON is asking cleaners – and others who regularly do cleaning work – to take part in the survey, wherever they work.

The survey can be found online at surveymonkey.co.uk/r/TJ682RJ. Continue reading

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The impact on of Brexit on UK employment law rights and health and safety legislation......

Thompsons guide to Brexit.  Booklet just published, downloadable from the link below.

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Protect our children and teachers from asbestos exposure at school......

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Thousands of workers at risk of disease......

Most people have probably never heard of mesothelioma unless they know of someone who has suffered from it, but it is a form of cancer of the external lining of the lung. It is caused by exposure to asbestos and invariably fatal. The latest Health and Safety Executive report shows that, for the third year running, the number of deaths from mesothelioma has been over 2,500 and this level is likely to continue for at least the rest of the decade. Click here to read more

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Union health and safety representatives rock!......

Every two years the TUC asks trade union health and safety representatives about the issues that affect them, and the results are always really interesting. The 2016 survey results have just been published and show that across every sector the biggest issue they deal with is stress. Bullying and harassment is also becoming more of an issue.  Click here to read more.

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HSE: What social partnership means to the Tories......

On Friday the Government announced  a number of new appointments to the board of the Health and Safety Executive. The DWP did not indicate who they were representing when they made the announcement but, after a request from Hazards magazine, the HSE confirmed that two of the new appointments and one of the reappointments were employee representatives. One of the new members is Kevin Rowan who was nominated by the TUC. The other is Susan Johnson. She is not from any trade union, she is not a health and safety activist or a safety representative, she was not nominated by any union body. In fact she is a former senior manager and businesswoman. Last year she retired down from her job as Chief Executive of the Durham and Darlington Fire and Rescue Service. Before that she was Chief Executive of Northern Business Forum, and an ex director of the food company Greggs.  Click here to read more.

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Early Day Motion – Statutory maximum working temperature......

This House notes that workers in the UK lack adequate legal safeguards from working in uncomfortably high temperatures.  Click here to read more

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Climate change department closed by Theresa May in ‘plain stupid’ and ‘deeply worrying’ move......

Campaigners called for ‘urgent reassurance from the new government’ that the fight against climate change and pollution will not be ‘abandoned’.  Click here to read more

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Mesothelioma Action Day 1st July......

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Our bucket collection last Friday morning raised £30.  It will be donated to the British Lung Foundation.

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Air pollution too high and 100s of London schools......

Hundreds of London schools have toxic levels of air pollution with those in deprived areas worst affected, new figures show.  Click here to read more

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