Opinion

    Louise Hosking CIEH

    Environmental health professionals: a vital armoury in protecting public and worker health

    The Chartered Institute of Environmental Health (CIEH) has been protecting the public, supporting professionals and influencing policy for over 130 years. The work of CIEH’s 7,600 members encompasses health protection both in work and across our communities locally, nationally and internationally. Our vision is simple: “a safer, cleaner, healthier environment for everyone.”

    By Louise Hosking, CIEH on 29 February 2024

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    Work-shy and lonely, or creative and committed?

    Working from Home (or WFH) sometimes feels like just another wedge issue with which to divide us. But it’s a serious one, with potentially far-reaching consequences for our health, productivity and wellbeing. Which is why the study published in the Journal of Occupational Health (and covered recently by the Observer) caught my attention. It also contained something quite refreshing – a balanced view!

    By Mike Robinson FCA, British Safety Council on 01 March 2024

    Wendy Chamberlain MP

    Unpaid carers need a legal right to unpaid leave to support their wellbeing

    Unpaid carers are the backbone of our society. It is a cliché but it is true. There are an estimated 2.3 million people providing care to their family, friends and neighbours around the country. According to the 2011 census 3,313 of them are living in my constituency in North East Fife – although we know that figure is likely to be much higher now.

    By Wendy Chamberlain, Liberal Democrat MP for North East Fife, Liberal Democrat Chief Whip and Spokesperson for Work and Pensions on 13 September 2022

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    Batteries – an opportunity, but what’s the safety risk?

    As global economies look to achieve their net zero targets, there is an increased focus on the development of non-fossil fuel alternative energy sources, such as battery power. The demand for batteries over the next 20 years is predicted to increase twentyfold. This presents numerous opportunities for those in the battery production supply chain who will need to gear up to meet this increased demand. However, despite the glow of opportunity, it is important that the safety risks posed by batteries are effectively managed.

    By Liam Jagger, Pinsent Masons on 07 February 2024

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

    By Mariam Salman, campaign officer & Grace Robinson, member, 4 Day Week Campaign on 03 April 2023

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    Shopworkers deserve greater protection from violence

    Violence, threats and abuse against shopworkers has been a growing problem in recent years, which was made much worse by the coronavirus pandemic.

    By Paddy Lillis on 06 December 2021

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    Simplified reporting of falls from height will identify ways to prevent accidents

    With recent statistics showing little improvement in the number of workplace falls from height, the Access Industry Forum (AIF) believes a simplified incident reporting system for falls would allow lessons to be learned about the causes and most effective preventive measures.

    By Peter Bennett OBE, Access Industry Forum (AIF) on 07 February 2024

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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, director and co-founder, OneWISH Coalition on 01 May 2023

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    We need UK government action to halt the sale of unsafe ladders on online platforms

    With tests showing that 70 per cent of multi-purpose ladders available to purchase in the UK via online platforms fail to meet minimum safety requirements designed to keep users safe, the Ladder Association is calling for the UK government to close loopholes allowing their sale.

    By David Gray, Ladder Association on 31 January 2024

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    2024: a year of choices for us all

    How are you feeling this New Year? Tense? Worried? Tired? I ask because, according to the pollsters, many of us are suffering from ‘burnout’.

    By Mike Robinson FCA, British Safety Council on 01 February 2024