Category Archives: Health & Safety

Hazards Campaign Thursday Talk: Challenging the unsafe return to work......

This session will challenge the conflicting information about safe and healthy workplaces and provide support for workers and their unions.  Thu, July 9, 2020 at 6:00 PM – 7:00 PM BST.  Click here for more information.

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Calls to cost review Edmonton incinerator rebuild refused......

Waltham Forest Council’s deputy leader declined to carry out a cost review of the planned rebuild of north London’s incinerator last week.

The review was requested by Chingford and Woodford Green MP Sir Iain Duncan Smith, one of a number who objected to the rebuild at a North London Waste Authority meeting on June 25.

Objectors say building a larger incinerator will increase air pollution and CO2 emissions and claim the plans are based on outdated predictions of an increase in waste.  Click here to read more.

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Discourse around 1m/2m distancing rule ‘has been overly politicised’......

More transparency of evidence is needed, argue scientists.  Click here to read more.

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Use of face masks designated KN95......

A substantial number of face masks, claiming to be of KN95 standards, provide an inadequate level of protection and are likely to be poor quality products accompanied by fake or fraudulent paperwork. These face masks may also be known as filtering facepiece respirators.  Click here to read more.

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Grenfell ACM cladding still on more than 150 London towers......

More than 150 buildings in London are still wrapped in highly flammable Grenfell-style cladding – almost three years on from the fire, Government figures reveal.

Ministers pledged to strip aluminium composite material (ACM) from tower blocks across the country in the wake of the devastating blaze.

The Grenfell Tower disaster claimed the lives of 72 residents, when fire spread rapidly from a single flat through the cladding of the North Kensington block, engulfing it in flames.

But with the third anniversary of the fire on Sunday, 163 buildings in the capital are still covered in the flammable casing.  Click here to read more.

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Coronavirus: Racism ‘could play a part in BAME Covid deaths’......

Factors such as racism and social inequality may have contributed to increased risks of black, Asian and minority communities catching and dying from Covid-19, a leaked report says.

Historic racism may mean that people are less likely to seek care or to demand better personal protective equipment, it says.  Click here to read more.

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“Dangerous disparity” between regions’ high-rise fire response after Grenfell......

Three years after the Grenfell Tower fire, a third of fire and rescue services still would not send sufficient resources to high-rise fires, new data from the Fire Brigades Union (FBU) can reveal.

Residents still face a “postcode lottery” of fire and rescue response, the union has warned, with huge variation between brigades’ pre-determined attendance (PDA) levels, the number of fire engines initially sent to a high rise fire.  Click here to read more.

 

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New WHO Guidance on masks for COVID-19 – ignores findings of its own evidence review calling for more protective measure......

WHO has issued new interim guidance on the masks required for health care workers at risk from Covid-19, Advice on the use of masks in the context of COVID-19. It reasserts WHO’s unquestionably dangerous advice that most health care workers need only use surgical/medical masks (rather than respirators) that offer relatively little protection. A consequence is that some health care workers will continue to be exposed, infected and will die in circumstances that could have been avoided. The WHO advice will inevitably mean other at-risk work groups, including those is home care settings or required to undertake essential work in settings where physical distancing isn’t always possible, will likewise be placed at risk. Continue reading

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Coronavirus: Classes should have only 15 pupils and drop off times staggered, new government guidance says......

Classes sizes should be limited to 15 children, desks and pupils kept two metres apart, and drop-off and pick-up times staggered when primary schools return, new government guidance says.  Click here to read more.

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Hazards Campaign: We go back to work safely, or not at all......

Hazards Campaign – Going Back to work safely or not at all!
No easing of the Lockdown until seven pre-conditions are met
What we need at work to Go Back and Move Forward!

There is no conflict between economic recovery and health because a healthy economic recovery requires healthy workers and people.  The SARS-CoV-2 Virus causes the disease Covid -19.  Click here to read more.

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