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Hazards 128, October-December 2014


Distressing failure Workplace stress causes heart and other chronic diseases, higher rates of sickness absence and suicides. So why, asks TUC’s Hugh Robertson, are the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) and employers doing “sod-all” to tackle the bad management practices at the root of the problem? more 

Life savers Unions don’t just protect your livelihood, they protect your life. Sharan Burrow, head of the global union federation ITUC, explains why health and safety at work is always on the union agenda. more 


Brutish standards Standards underpinning workplace occupational health and safety management should be a good thing, right? Right – but only if they are good ones. And the draft standard cooked up by a British Standards Institute-chaired international committee is far from good. more


Low blow Badly paid work guarantees more than hardship. Because low pay goes hand in with low safety standards, occupational injuries and diseases like diabetes and cancer frequently come with the job. more


Hell no! A stick-up-at-work poster for Workers’ Memorial Day, 28 April 2015. more


News in brief, 6-17. Unions and campaigns, 22-31. International news, 32-33

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