Opinion

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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

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    Guilty 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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    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 04 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 29 May 2019

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    Wellbeing in the modern age

    A year ago, I wrote about how ‘competition’ and ‘collaboration’ have both been necessary for survival over the millennia and that it should come as no surprise that these same deep forces influence our wellbeing in the workplace.

    By Mike Robinson offers some insights into what wellbeing means today on 01 May 2019

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    Empathetic leadership

    During recent years there has been a welcome increased recognition of the importance of managing health and wellbeing within the workplace.

    By David Parr, director of policy and technical services at the British Safety Council on 09 May 2019

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    Common purpose, united efforts

    At times when countries are engaged in internal conflicts, when different groups are at loggerheads and there is an absence of consensus and a breakdown in community, there will always be political forces seeking to make capital.

    By Lawrence Waterman OBE on 13 May 2019