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Hazards 164, October-December 2023


RIP HSE  It is a tale of two suicides. A hospital doctor kills herself, leaves a note blaming her employer and an inquiry confirms a pervasive ‘toxic culture’ at work. A headteacher kills herself and a coroner rules it is work-related. In both cases the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) failed to act. Hazards editor Rory O’Neill asks ‘What’s the point of HSE?’ more

Dying jobs It was unions that popularised the phrase ‘there are no jobs on a dead planet.’ They know the climate crisis can’t be ignored. Hazards editor Rory O’Neill looks at ways to move to green jobs, without swapping the deadly effects of pollution for those resulting from industrial desolation. more

All eyes and ears People are driven to suicide by their jobs. We know it, the Health and Safety Executive knows it. Hazards editor Rory O’Neill eviscerates the regulator’s four feeble excuses for doing absolutely nothing to end the heartache. more


Biohazards! From natural fibres to furry critters, creepy crawlies to coronavirus, biological hazards in the workplace are a major and seriously under-estimated problem. Hazards editor Rory O’Neill says unions need to be vigilant for the infections, lung diseases, cancers and other related conditions that see half a million workers worldwide die each year. more


Biohazards: What's bugging you at work? A Hazards pin-up-at-work poster. more


News in brief 10-13. Work and health 14-15. Infections 16-17. Hazardous substances 24-25. Violence 26-27. Deadly Business 28-33. International news 32-33. Silica 34.

Send an e-postcard to HSE demanding it introduce a more protective silica standard no higher than 0.05mg/m³ and with a phased move to 0.025mg/m³.