Opinion

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    Directors in the dock – why health and safety leadership is crucial

    The role that directors, senior managers and officers play in the implementation and management of their organisation’s health and safety policies and procedures should never be underestimated.

    By Natalie Walker, Pinsent Masons LLP on 12 May 2023

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    We need more women in safety leadership roles – so let’s #EmbraceEquity

    Currently, approximately 21 per cent of health and safety professionals are women, which means the profession is not representative of the workplace. Translate this into leadership roles and we have even more work to do.

    By Louise Hosking, OneWISH Coalition on 11 May 2023

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    Abuse of shopworkers is rising: we need to up our game

    With Usdaw’s annual survey showing abuse against shopworkers is higher than pre-pandemic levels, it’s vital that government, retail employers, police and the courts work more closely together to make shops safer for staff.

    By Paddy Lillis, Usdaw union on 02 May 2023

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    Menopause at work: government failing to grasp benefits of providing more support to female staff

    Many employers are waking up to the realities of menopause, and the benefits of providing a supportive environment for women at work.

    By Caroline Nokes MP on 28 April 2023

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    Time for a double celebration!

    May is one of my favourite months. Not only is the weather (finally, surely!) starting to feel more Spring-like here in the UK, it’s also when we hold our prestigious event, the International Safety Awards (ISAs).

    By Mike Robinson FCA, British Safety Council on 28 April 2023

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    4-day week pilot reveals boost to worker wellbeing and retention

    From June to December last year, almost 3,000 UK workers from a diverse range of sectors trialled a four-day week with no loss of pay in the biggest pilot study worldwide to date.

    By Mariam Salman & Grace Robinson, 4 Day Week Campaign, on 06 April 2023

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    Asbestos – we must get rid of it!

    It is a shame on our nation that we have the world’s highest rates of asbestos cancer. It is not a surprise, however, when you understand how many of our buildings are infested with the carcinogenic material.

    By Shelly Asquith, Trades Union Congress (TUC) on 06 April 2023

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    Asbestos management in UK buildings: data suggests serious failings

    A report into asbestos in UK buildings was published in November 2022 following a collaboration between the two asbestos consulting trade associations, ATaC (Asbestos Testing and Consulting) and NORAC (National Organisation of Asbestos Consultants).

    By Mick Dawson, Asbestos and Testing Consultancy Association (ATaC) on 06 April 2023

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    Preventing silicosis: key recommendations for government and HSE to consider

    Silicosis is considered to be the most common chronic occupational lung disease worldwide.

    By Jim Shannon MP, chair of the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Respiratory Health on 12 April 2023

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    Can we see the wood for the trees?

    Ten years ago, the United Nations’ General Assembly decreed that 20 March would be ‘International Day of Happiness’.

    By Mike Robinson FCA, British Safety Council on 31 March 2023