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Hazards 132, October-December 2015


Doctor? No The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) medical division is nearing extinction and the whole occupational medicine profession could follow suit. Meanwhile the UK's workplace diseases crisis is continuing unchecked. more

Hard to swallow Your firm’s concern for your ‘well-being’, ‘wellness’, ‘resilence’ and ‘mindfulness’ might just be a way to bypass the union on health issues, warns TUC’s Hugh Robertson. more

Asbestos figures Europe is in the midst of an asbestos disease epidemic – and it is far worse than previously thought. more


Hit list If workplace violence isn’t reported, it is unlikely anything will get done. Hazards presents a blow-by-blow union guide to getting it properly recorded and quickly addressed. more


Keeping safe Low-paid hotel housekeepers do some of the heaviest, fast-paced and unhealthy work around. Massimo Frattini of the global union IUF describes its campaign to make hotel giants clean up their act. more


Good grief Mark Seward died this year when he was hit by a missile. But he wasn’t a soldier, he was a factory worker, struck by flying metal. His widow Tracey, mum to 4-year-old Daisy, now campaigns for justice for those harmed by their jobs. A pin-up-at-work Hazards poster. more


News in brief. 8-17 Unions and campaigns. 22-33 International news. 34-35

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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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