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Is it enough to operate legally?
 This April sees the introduction of more stringent requirements around ‘day one’ statements of employment particulars (including sick pay & benefit entitlements). Carl Laidler, Director of Wellbeing at Health Shield Friendly Society, argues that, in order to ensure compliance,...
Poor management control puts workers at risk
 A Blackburn logistics company has been fined after failing to provide fall protection for workers replacing the roof of its premises.Blackpool Magistrates’ Court heard how, on 29 May 2019, Health and Safety Executive inspectors visited a warehouse in Blackburn and observed two workers on...
https://press.hse.gov.uk/2020/03/19/tayside-health-board-fined-after-three-patients-died-in-acute-ps
    Tayside Health Board has been fined following three incidents where patients died by suicide using ligature points.Perth Sheriff Court heard that, between 1 April 2012 and 4 November 2015, on the Moredun Ward at general adult psychiatry ward of Murray Royal Hospital,...
HSE issues exemption for the manufacture and supply of biocidal hand sanitiser products in the UK
   The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) has taken steps to support hand sanitiser manufacturers as UK production is increasing to tackle Coronavirus.Due to unprecedented demand for biocidal hand sanitiser products during the coronavirus outbreak, HSE is providing derogations that...
NIOSH requests input on Workplace Supported Recovery Programs
 Washington — NIOSH is seeking comment on an agency plan to conduct research and develop resources on Workplace Supported Recovery Programs, which assist workers and employers affected by the nation’s opioid epidemic and other substance misuse disorders.WSRPs feature employers using...
DOL seeking input on Families First Coronavirus Response Act
 Washington — The Department of Labor is providing employers, workers and others an opportunity to give input on compliance assistance and outreach strategies concerning the Families First Coronavirus Response Act, signed into law by President Donald Trump on March 18.The law requires...
Sanitation worker safety still a concern for SWANA despite ‘small decline’ in deaths
 Silver Spring, MD — At least 53 sanitation workers in the United States (44) and Canada (nine) died from on-the-job injuries in 2019 – a 10.2% decrease from 2018, according to a recent analysis from the Solid Waste Association of North America.SWANA examined fatality data from industry...
COVID-19 pandemic: NIH website pulls together online training resources for frontline workers
 Washington — The National Institutes of Health has launched a website featuring educational resources intended for workers who are at greatest risk of exposure during the COVID-19 pandemic.According to a March 23 press release, the worker-based training initiative is aimed...
Respiratory hazards in the cannabis industry: Ag safety standards may apply, researchers say
 Berkeley, CA — Cannabis industry workers may be at increased risk of respiratory problems as a result of on-the-job exposure to various hazards, results of a recent study led by a University of Washington professor indicate.Researchers studied workers at two legal cannabis growing...
Respiratory hazards in the cannabis industry: Ag safety standards may apply, researchers say
 Berkeley, CA — Cannabis industry workers may be at increased risk of respiratory problems as a result of on-the-job exposure to various hazards, results of a recent study led by a University of Washington professor indicate.Researchers studied workers at two legal cannabis growing...

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