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Hazards 127, July-September 2014


A line in the sand The Health and Safety Executive doesn’t want a tighter exposure standard for crystalline silica, either in the UK or Europe. Hazards unpicks its flimsy – and dangerous – excuses. more 

Don't pimp our watchdog! Incoming Health and Safety Executive head Dr Richard Judge is under government instruction to ‘commercialise’ the watchdog. But a Hazards campaign is urging the new chief executive to ensure the regulator uses its legal powers, people and skills to protect us at work, instead of flogging its services to all-comers. more


Safety unmasked Hard hats, ear defenders, masks, gloves, safety boots, high viz jackets. This ‘protective’ workplace wardrobe is a given for many workers. Heck, you’ll be disciplined or fired for not wearing it. But US construction union safety expert Scott Schneider says removing work hazards is a safer alternative to relying on all this personal protective equipment. more


At arm's length The world’s largest Ebola outbreak has killed over 2,000 people in West Africa. Overwhelmed and poorly protected health workers are among the victims, with over 120 dead so far. more


Don't pimp our watchdog If you think the Health and Safety Executive’s new chief executive should spend his time improving workplace health and safety, instead of converting HSE into a cash- chasing semi-retired regulator, tell him. more


News in brief, 10-17. Unions and campaigns, 22-33. International news, 33-35

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Deadly Business
A Hazards special investigation

The decimation of Britain's industrial base was supposed to have one obvious upside - an end to dirty and deadly jobs.

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