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    Time for the government to up its game

    This is my last column for a while, after something over two years of monthly musings as chairman of the British Safety Council. I had prepared some sort of summing up, looking at the key themes explored.

    By Lawrence Waterman OBE, British Safety Council on 18 September 2020


    Building safety regime – major changes

    The Fire Safety Bill, introduced to the UK Parliament during lockdown, is likely to become law in the autumn.

    By Katherine Metcalfe, Pinsent Masons LLP on 03 September 2020

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    New HSE RIDDOR reporting guidance – uncertainties remain in social care

    By Rekha Sharma and Chris Green, Keoghs on 01 June 2020

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    Building safety bill – at long last

    As parliament goes away for summer recess until 1 September, the government has published the Building Safety Bill.

    By Charles Pitt, British Safety Council on 10 August 2020

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    Wellness or wellbeing – beware conspiracies!

    There is a strange part of the world of wellness that begins with podcasts and Instagram accounts about cooking with coconut oil and appointing life coaches, and ends with discussions about evil conspiracies linking vaccination programmes, Bill Gates, 5G and Covid-19.

    By Lawrence Waterman OBE, British Safety Council on 30 July 2020

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    Vital role of safety reps

    Earlier this month, the annual report on workplace fatal injuries was released by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE).

    By Shelly Asquith, TUC on 12 August 2020

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    Not all anniversaries are to be celebrated

    Everyone in the UK should feel embarrassed that the UN has formally warned Britain that its failure to strip combustible cladding from high-rise residential buildings may be a breach of international law.

    By Lawrence Waterman OBE, British Safety Council on 12 August 2020

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    Face coverings in public: an illogical minefield

    When Matt Hancock rose to address parliament on face coverings in mid-July, it followed weeks of speculation that eventually we would all be required to cover up to shop.

    By Rhian Greaves, Pannone Corporate LLP on 31 July 2020

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    Time to focus on workplace wellbeing

    The autumn of 2019 seems like a different age. When I spoke at our annual conference in October, I felt obliged to refer to Brexit, although the debate had wearied us all.

    By Mike Robinson, British Safety Council on 10 August 2020

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    Together we must tackle inequality

    Over the past month we have all had cause to reflect on how we can rebuild our society in the recovery that will follow the coronavirus outbreak, and how we must work together to tackle the underlying injustices in our society.

    By Mike Robinson, British Safety Council on 06 July 2020