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Hazards 133, January-March 2016


STRENGTH IN NUMBERS There are about 100,000 union safety reps countrywide. And many workers owe their lives and health to the work they do. The TUC’s Hugh Robertson says the union body’s new organising drive has this life-saving union effect at its core. more

FRIENDLY FIBRE?  Britain has learned a hard lesson on asbestos. It has the highest rate of deadly asbestos-related cancers in the world. So you might be surprised to hear it is home to some asbestos industry’s most supportive scientists. more

HSE IS ALL TALK The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) is having a consultation on its safety strategy. Scratch that. It’s not a consultation, it’s just a ‘conversation’. HSE has no intention of listening to you, and had decided its priorities before the talking even began. more


ROAD BLOCK  Junior doctors closed the road outside Downing Street. Firefighters brought traffic to a standstill in Parliament Square. Site workers shut down Park Lane. Dave Smith explains why blocking roads has become a great way to make bad employers change direction. more


Toxic teens  Tobacco companies are failing to protect teenage children from hazardous work in the tobacco fields, Human Rights Watch has found. more


28 APRIL  Strong laws + active unions + enforcement = safe work. A Hazards/ITUC poster for International Workers’ Memorial Day. more


News in brief. 14-19 Unions and campaigns. 28-37 International news. 38-40

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