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Hazards 141, January-March 2018


WORLD OF TROUBLE Worldwide, poor working conditions kill a worker every 11 seconds. All these deaths are avoidable, yet the body count is increasing, warns Sharan Burrow. The head of the International Trade Union Confederation (ITUC) says that is why global unions are launching a reinvigorated and urgent organising campaign to demand safety, justice and accountability. more

MENTAL PROBLEMS If your heart started misbehaving at work, you’d be glad there was a first aider on hand. So, a mental health first aider could be just the job if the problem is in your head, right? TUC’s Hugh Robertson says support for workers is a good thing, but mental health first aiders are not the only option and for union reps usually are not the best option. more


WORK AND SUICIDE There can be few more challenging issues confronting a union rep than the suicide of a work colleague. But suicide affects people at work, which makes it a union issue. Hazards editor Rory O'Neill says this is why the TUC has produced a guide to help reps deal better with suicide risks, prevention and the aftermath of a tragedy at work. more


WHY WE DO IT Why do union members across the globe mobilise on 28 April, demonstrating, inspecting, training and using all manner of creative means to put workplace health and safety in the spotlight? Because deaths caused by work are increasing and on Workers’ Memorial Day unions send out a message they won’t stand by and let it continue. more


UNIONS SAVE LIVES An ITUC/Hazards pin-up-at-work poster for 28 April, International Workers' Memorial Day. more


News in brief. 12-19 Deadly business. 30-33 Harassment at work. 36-37 Mental health. 38-39 Workplace justice. 40-41 International news. 42-45

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