Hazards 68
October - December 1999


1- 5: EUROPE UNDER STRAIN Europe-wide union campaign to tackle work strains, including resources and events. Suppressed RSI reports. UNISON back pain initiative. Mouse hurts woman. Keyboards hurt most. Pocket ergonomist. Bad backs in the chemical industry. Paper weight limits. Back pain and carers resource. International RSI Day, 29 February 2000. pdf (106k)

7-9: NEWS IN BRIEF TUC reports says dangerous bosses get off too lightly. UK businesses lose billions in work-related ill-health costs. HSE prosecutes too few safety offenders. Partnership with "stakeholders" including unions will lead to safety, says authorities. Till death do us part - new book on workplace bereavements. Workers' Memorial Day, 28 April 2000. Cost of unfair dismissals cases and safety victimisation goes up. Safety is the top trade u nion role, says "largest ever" UK study. New Code on compensation insurance. Sheep dippy. Millions exposed to vibration. Safety benchmarking.

10-11: HOURS OF WORK Directors who drove their workers too hard guilty of manslaughter in road death case. International "Fatigue Kills!" campaign for professional drivers. Dead tired - T&G union campaigns for shorter driver hours. Holiday entitlement increases for millions of UK workers. Resource guide on working hours, shifts and flexibility.

CENTREPAGE FACTSHEET No.68: EUROPE UNDER STRAIN Unions are tackling the workplace strain injuries epidemic - Europe's no.1 occupational health problem. Gives examples of problems and solutions, resources and a model workplace strains prevention policy. pdf (122K)

14-15: LISTENING TO THE WORKERS The UK's health and safety regime is facing its first major overhaul in a quarter of a century. Hazards looks at the flaws in the system and says unions and workers must take this rare opportunity to demand better laws, more rights and a greater voice. Safety reps are urged to respond to this official consultation before the 17 March 2000 deadline.

16-17: DISQUALIFYING DIRECTORS New laws are needed to make company directors accountable for safety crimes. And it would help, says legal campaigner if HSE took full advantage of the laws currently at its disposal. The article reveals that the majority of serious safety crimes are not prosecuted in the UK and that directors are rarely called to account for criminal breaches of safety law. Brothers escape jail after using child labour to strip asbestos. HSE announces new "naming and shaming" policy for workplace safety criminals. Construction contractor jailed for four months after ignoring HSE prohibition notices on dangerous work. US book shows safety crimes are treated lightly.

19: WHAT THE UNIONS SAY TUC wants company law to be reformed to make company directors more accountable for safety - with tougher penalties for safety breaches including disqualification, retraining and inprisonment. Union fears about gluraldehyde allergy risk are confirmed by research. UNISON wins six-figure compensation for health worker with latex allergy. UNISON launches safety organising drive.

20: WHAT THE UNIONS SAY... ON ASBESTOS End of the asbestos century - asbestos banned in the UK on 24 November 1999. International Ban Asbestos Secretariat (IBAS) launched.

21: WHAT THE UNIONS SAY GMB establishes that part-time reps get full-time pay for safety training. VDU work is bad for you eyes. GMB issues personal protective equipment guide. Occupational health, safety and environment in an enlarging Europe - conference, Glasgow, 28 January 2000.

22: HAZNEWS Welding causes skin problems. Silica causes a range of health problems.

23: A-Z of recent HSC and HSE publications.

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