Opinion

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    Time for mental health

    If our desire to ‘turn back the hands of time’ is a forlorn hope, much of human history has been taken up by efforts to overcome time passing and things inevitably being forgotten.

    By Mike Robinson on 29 October 2019

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    What does the law say about dust control at work?

    Demolition, brick cutting, the use of cement, wood and stone working, drilling, exposure to paint and sanding down surfaces in preparation. These are just some of the many construction-related activities where dust is prevalent and where it needs to be controlled.

    By Louise Hosking, Hosking Associates on 07 October 2019

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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 01 October 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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    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 health and safety convictions.

    By Neal Stone, McOnie Agency on 28 August 2019

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    Living life to the full

    One of the most exciting things about running a charity interested in maintaining the health of people at work is that nothing stays the same for very long.

    By Mike Robinson on 09 September 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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    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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    Post Grenfell where are the changes?

    It is now almost two years since the tragic Grenfell tower fire and so an appropriate moment to reflect on the progress —or lack—on implementing subsequent measures to ensure that occupants of high-rise buildings not only feel safe but actually are safe within their homes.

    By David Parr, British Safety Council on 04 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