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Hazards 124, October-December 2013


LAB RATS  Many scientific hired guns try to hide their industry ties; others flaunt them. Either way it is frequently only hazardous products that can expect a clean bill of health. more

DESTROY SAFETY! The business lobby’s robotic call for safety deregulation has left them sounding like ‘demented Daleks’, say campaigners. But the government will obey; it’s part of David Cameron’s grand plan, after all. more

WATCHDOGMA When the Health and Safety Executive said it wanted to help firms “reduce the risk of over compliance” with regulations, it wasn’t an isolated moment of madness. HSE has become a government brainwashed and neutered watchdog that looks less, counts less and increasingly couldn’t care less. more


ACT UP! The firms denied it, the government ignored it and the privacy watchdog refused to alert unwitting victims. But in a stunning national blacklisting campaign, unions and campaigners have forced them all to think again. Will blacklisted workers soon win the answers and justice they deserve? more


GOLD STANDARD Children as young as eight years old are working in Tanzania’s small-scale gold mines, facing grave risks to the health and their lives. more 


WATCHDOGMA When the official safety watchdog hands in its teeth, you know you are not witnessing a rational policy shift. more


News in brief, 8-17. Unions and campaigns, 24-31. International news, 32-34

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