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Strict-liability proposal could amount to “nationalisation of rehabilitation”

The Government has reintroduced a proposal to reform the civil-compensation regime by removing strict liability for certain health and safety breaches, despite the House of Lords blocking the plans last month. Read More

Environment profession shows signs of growth

UK businesses are investing in 'green growth' and creating jobs for environmental professionals, according findings from the Institute of Environmental Management and Assessment's latest annual survey of its members. Read More

Hostile’ political climate gives added weight to safety guide

In publishing a new edition of its workplace safety guide, the TUC says cuts in HSE enforcement activity have made the document more important than ever. Read More

Cost-cutting alert amid rise in corporate manslaughter investigations

Directors and senior managers who may be lulled into a false sense of security over the lack of corporate manslaughter convictions since 2008 have been warned against making cuts that might adversely impact on safety. Read More

Plant-downtime pressures are a threat to good maintenance, warns industry

Maintenance standards are in danger of being compromised because of the pressure to reduce plant downtime, according to more than a third of maintenance professionals questioned in a survey. Read More

Lack of inspections is encouraging safety standards to slide

The TUC believes that a growing number of employers has lost the fear of being caught for health and safety failings, as a result of the Government's scaling-back of regulatory inspections. Read More

Absence falls but presenteeism and stress are on the rise

Employee absence levels are on the slide in both the private and public sectors, but the falls could be masking deeper health problems in the workplace. Read More

New statutory code to underpin inspection cuts

From April next year, low-risk businesses such as shops and offices will no longer be subject to proactive health and safety inspections unless a genuine employee complaint or notification of an actual incident is made to the HSE. Read More

Risk management in the recession – Out of the shadows

Investment in health and safety may have taken a hit in many organisations, but the resulting cutbacks provide an opportunity for the savvy practitioner to highlight Read More

SHE 12 – “Extreme pressures” on the construction industry caused by the recession

Neil Tomlinson, director of the Access Industry Forum (AIF), introduced a lively and important debate on the implications of the Lofstedt Review for working at height. Read More

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