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    HSE seeks employers’ input

    Jenny Bacon, director-general of the Health and Safety Executive, has told employers she is keen to co-opt trainers and employer bodies to help the executive draw up its campaigning and investigative priorities over the next...

    Research aims to offer RSI sufferers a shot in the arm

    One of the biggest studies ever into the causes of work-related upper limb disorders by experts at University College London may prove once and for all that repetitive strain injury (RSI) exists – and suggest how it...

    TUC calls for end to violence

    Threats of violence against people going about their daily work may be becoming more commonplace, according to a new report by the TUC. It claims that a fifth of all employees are subjected to physical or verbal abuse, mainly...

    Female cancer victims set to sue US electronics firm

    Former staff at the National Semiconductor factory in Greenock, Strathclyde, are preparing to take legal action against the company for negligence in allegedly exposing them to carcinogenic chemicals. The industry, already...

    'Protect abattoir inspectors'

    Life in Britain’s abattoirs is a bloody business – and not only for the animals. More than a quarter of meat inspectors have been threatened with knives and guns, been subjected to verbal abuse and had their cars...

    Drug treatment

    Drugs tsar Keith Hellawell raised some valid issues in his recent message to British employers (News, 29 October). But there are broader issues that need to be tackled. The first, and perhaps most important, of these is the...

    Rising stress creates hazards (in brief)

    Stress is an increasingly dangerous workplace hazard and should be covered by a Health and Safety Commission code of practice, according to the TUC. Its survey of nearly 6,000 union health and safety representatives found...

    Drugs tsar recommends workplace drugs tests (in brief)

    The government’s drugs tsar, Keith Hellawell, has urged employers to consider carrying out random drug tests on their staff – but in order to help, rather than dismiss, those who test positive. “It is important...

    DDA does cover mental illness (in brief)

    A landmark decision by the Employment Appeals Tribunal will offer protection to around 2.5 million employees in the UK with mental health problems. Matthew Goodwin, a former civil servant, successfully claimed that paranoid...

    Overwork ‘is to blame for accidents’

    A major review of health and safety legislation is to target employers of company car drivers who cause accidents because they are overworked. The move by the Health and Safety Executive follows pressure to tighten up the...