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Hazards 151, April-June 2020


FEATURES

LAID BARE Most workplaces never saw an inspector. Workers struggled to get PPE. Whistleblowers were silenced. That was before Covid-19. Hazards editor Rory O’Neill reveals how the pandemic didn’t cause a crisis in workplace health. It exposed it. more

BIOHAZARD Long before Covid-19, unions made repeat warnings about the need to prepare for ‘emerging threats’. Hazards editor Rory O’Neill exposes the decades of inaction that paved the way for the pandemic and left us without a workplace biohazards law. more

PHOTOFILE

BRIGHT SPARKS Health and safety wasn’t handed to us on a plate by benevolent employers or far-sighted politicians, says Hazards organising expert Dave Smith. For centuries, workers fought for safer workplaces. ‘Builder’s crack’, a newly rediscovered film, reveals how sharing our organising successes and strategies is safety critical. more


POSTER

JOIN UP. ORGANISE If you want protection at work, get active in your union. A Hazards pin-up-at-work poster.

ELSEWHERE IN HAZARDS

Coronavirus news, 10-13. Infection inequality, 14-15. Work and health, 16-17. Education news, 18-19. Abuse at work, 24-25. Hazardous exposures, 26-27. News in brief, 28-33. International news, 34-37. Suicide action, 38.

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