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Hazards 126, April-June 2014


Dust to dust Crystalline silica exposures kill over 1,000 workers a year in in the UK and leaves many more fighting for breath. But, unlike its US counterpart, the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) thinks our deadly silica exposure standard is just fine. more 

What if…? Imagine you could start from scratch and design a just and effective workplace health and safety regulatory regime. As the Scottish independence referendum looms, Stirling University’s Professor Andy Watterson is doing just that. more

Toxic record  The government’s “toxic, corrosive and hazardous” record on health and safety has placed workers at risk and the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) in jeopardy, the TUC is warning. more


Fracking boom  With massive reservoirs of oil and gas trapped in the rocks under our feet, the oil industry is eager to get fracking. But US evidence of chemical related deaths, soaring fatalities and over-exposure to deadly dust has raised seriously unhealthy questions. more


Seen this? There’s no hiding from Workers’ Memorial Day. The annual 28 April event, where safety campaigners pledge to ‘remember the dead and fight like hell for the living’, this year saw activities worldwide, from Argentina to Zimbabwe. more


Time machine Introducing David Cameron's coalition-fired time machine. The government has turned back the clock. Time to make a stand. more


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

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