There are hundreds of laws designed to keep workers safe at work and still the HSE recorded over 150 deaths at work last year. This figure does not include those who die in road or other transport accidents while carrying out their work, or the thousands who die from industrial diseases such as cancer, or from exposure to asbestos. Many others are injured or suffer long term, debilitating, illnesses which can also have a great impact on their families. Section 2(1) of the Health and Safety at Work etc. Act 1974 states: “It shall be the duty of every employer to ensure, so far as is reasonably practicable, the health, safety and welfare at work of all his employees."
Laws are great but only strong GMB membership in a workplace can make sure that the boss deals with risks and provides protective clothing and good working practices.
Unfortunately, accidents at work are still a regular occurrence hence why belonging to a union is important, GMB members are covered by the GMB Legal Service as part of their membership package. This vital part of GMB membership* provides members with top class legal representation from UNIONLINE, *(subject to rule)
National Health, Safety & Environment Research & Policy Officer - Dan Shears.
Asbestos In Schools Questionnaire
As part of the on-going Asbestos in Schools Campaign the Department of Education's Asbestos in Schools Steering Group will shortly launch a consultation as part of a review of Government policy on asbestos in schools. Over 75% of UK schools and colleges contain asbestos. To help the Joint Union Asbestos Committee (JUAC) , which includes GMB, collect important evidence about the asbestos in our schools and colleges, the likely condition of the asbestos and the standards of asbestos management, please complete this short survey. Responses will remain anonymous but the evidence collected from this survey will be of vital importance in terms of JUAC's evidence to the Government's review.
The Asbestos Victims Support Group Forum
The Asbestos Victims Support Group Forum is waging an effective campaign,lobbying Lords and MPs and being mentioned in speeches. Please sign and circulate the Petition:
Necessity and nature of a new EU OSH policy frame work
The special report “The Green Agenda and GMB: Climate Change, Global Warming and Sustainable Development” adopted by Congress in 2007 was ambitious in scope. Many of the actions called for in the original report committed GMB to a course of action to be developed over the coming years. Consequently, the work is an ongoing and evolutionary process and this report reflects the progress made by Spring 2008.
Russia is now the largest producer and exporter of Asbestos on the planet. A recent letter to the Russian Ambassador to the UK calling for the cessation of this deadly trade was ignored.
Schools are today being sent an urgent warning by JUAC* to check whether they have warm air cabinet heaters that might contain asbestos fibres. This warning is essential to protect the health and safety of pupils and staff.
Do the functions of that HSE perform remain necessary and if so do they need to be done by the HSE?
In general GMB found these proposals to be measured and balanced with the removal of what could be defined as duplication from elsewhere, and the addition of relevant guidance to reflect the Equalities Act 2010.
CD252 - Safe installation and use of gas systems and appliances: Gas Safety (Installation and Use) Regulations 1998. ACOP