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Hazards 129, January-March 2015


Mean test For seven of the top 10 entries on the official UK occupational cancer risk ranking, you can forget about government payouts. Professor Andy Watterson and Hazards editor Rory O’Neill argues that an unjust state compensation scheme means most conditions, including breast cancers linked to shiftwork, will never overcome an arbitrary double-the-risk qualification hurdle and calls for reform of this ailing system. more 

10 steps from disaster In an era where we scarcely blink when a probe lands on an asteroid, why do major industries continue to kill in the same old ways? Professor Michael Quinlan warns a lack of will and not a lack of know-how is behind the ‘ten pathways to death and disaster’. more 

Standard deviation There’s nothing wrong with setting and upholding good workplace standards. But, warns TUC head of safety Hugh Robertson, standard-setting bodies could be developing a healthy income line without delivering any guarantee of safety. more


Hey! Watch gonna do? There will be a new government on 7 May 2015. With work getting more unhealthy, the workforce and the country are paying a heavy price. Hilda Palmer of the national Hazards Campaign spells out what it wants you and that new government to do about it. more


No deal Free trade deals have form. While companies relish the prospect of fewer and weaker rules, workplace, public health and environmental advocates know from experience this equates to the removal at the stroke of a pen of potentially lifesaving legal protections hard won over decades. more


Time to stop the tears A stick-up-at-work poster for Workers’ Memorial Day, 28 April 2015. more


News in brief, 12-19. Unions and campaigns, 30-37. International news, 38-39

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