Opinion

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    Working from home: the new normal

    It’s a truism that things reveal their nature when they break. While systems and processes run smoothly, it’s easy to forget that a functioning society only works when individuals can come together as groups.

    By Mike Robinson, British Safety Council on 01 April 2020

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    Be proud of our own contribution

    When sitting down to write on a current topic in workplace health and safety, it is impossible to block out the deafening roar from the COVID-19 pandemic.

    By Lawrence Waterman on 27 March 2020

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    Asbestos deaths are a thing of the past. Don’t you believe it

    The latest statistics published by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) report that “there were 2,526 mesothelioma deaths in Great Britain in 2017, broadly similar to the previous five years."

    By Neal Stone, McOnie on 25 March 2020

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    Is the corporate manslaughter regime now redundant?

    There have been fewer than 30 convictions since the Corporate Manslaughter and Corporate Homicide Act was introduced in 2007.

    By Simon Tingle, Pinsent Masons on 25 March 2020

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    No space for shortcuts

    The recent news surrounding the tragic death of a 23-year-old contractor on a site in Lincoln in January 2020 has highlighted once more the risks associated with working in the construction industry.

    By Josh Hughes, Bolt Burdon Kemp on 02 March 2020

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    The coronavirus Budget

    The Chancellor's Budget featured a host of measures to help fight the Coronavirus emergency, but it might equally be remembered for a complete change in approach to public spending by the Conservatives.

    By Charles Pitt on 13 March 2020

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    No trade-off in worker health

    A scientist, recently interviewed on the radio about his research into the Coronavirus, was asked a question: why is the current outbreak so widespread and so deadly, when compared to previous outbreaks?

    By Mike Robinson, British Safety Council on 26 February 2020

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    Responding to a risky world

    2020 has started with some big risks high up in the news. From fires in Australia as a harbinger of the climate’s power, to violence in the Middle East and, closer to home, the risks involved in leaving the EU, it is these large risks that tend to dominate our attention.

    By Mike Robinson, British Safety Council on 14 February 2020

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    You can’t be safe if you’re not healthy

    The title of this comment, a statement from Professor Dame Carol Black, the government advisor on health and work, should be displayed prominently at every business.

    By Graham Sharp, Stanley on 07 January 2020