COSHH AND RISK ASSESSMENT TRAINING

22nd May 2012, 10am to 4pm At Barra Hall, Wood End Green Road, Hayes, Middlesex, UB3 2SA A FREE one-day course aimed at those working with or likely to work with chemicals (e.g. cleaners), their supervisors and anyone who is likely to come in contact with chemicals at home and/or in the workplace. The course will focus on the following areas: COSHH regulation Hazardous substances Safety data sheets Risks, hazards and people at risk...

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Free General Health and Safety Workshop in Ealing

28’th June 2012, 10am to 3pm At Ground floor, Monte Melkonian Hall, 105A Mill Hill Road, Ealing, W3 8JF     This is a FREE one-day course aimed at those looking to gain further knowledge in general health and safety regulations while working with display screen equipment, involved in manual handling and how to avoid slips, trips or falls. The course is suitable for employees, volunteers, managers or members of the public interested in...

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Free General Health and Safety Workshop in Hounslow

14’th June 2012, 10am to 3pm At Green Room, Paul Robeson Theatre, High Street, Hounslow, Middlesex, TW3 1ES  This is a FREE one-day course aimed at those looking to gain further knowledge in general health and safety regulations while working with display screen equipment, involved in manual handling and how to avoid slips, trips or falls. The course is suitable for employees, volunteers, managers or members of the public interested...

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International Workers Memorial Day 28 April 2012: London Events

10.30 am at the statue of the Building Worker Tower Hill next to the Tower of London and Tower Bridge 12.30 pm at the Clock Tower Watney Street Market Commercial Road London E1 Details here: International Workers Memorial Day 2012 Watney Street Market event Information in Bengali: 12.30pm Watney Street Market – remember the dead  ...

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COSHH and Risk Assessment Training

 3rd May 2012, 10am to 4pm THIS IS FULL – but if you are interested please apply and we’ll let you know of the next date.  At Oxford House, Derbyshire Street, Bethnal Green. London. E2 6HG a FREE one-day course aimed at those working with or likely to work with chemicals (e.g. cleaners), their supervisors and anyone who is likely to come in contact with chemicals at home and/or in the workplace. The course will focus on...

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workplace stress: european study says workers expect it to increase
Apr07

workplace stress: european study says workers expect it to increase

Eight in ten of the working population across Europe think that the number of people suffering from job-related stress over the next five years will increase (80%), with as many as 52% expecting this to ‘increase a lot’. Do you think the number of people suffering from job-related stress in your country over the next 5 years will…..?   Base: All worker (19,502) 52% Increase a lot, 28% Increase a little, 12% Stay around the same,...

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Unite tanker drivers case for a safety passport scheme

Unite, the country’s biggest union,  explain the health and safety issues surrounding this long-running dispute: http://youtu.be/AZidpiFbnTI The film focuses on three Unite drivers who deliver fuel for a living. It highlights the changes to the industry which has seen contracts chop and change and drivers at the sharp end of the race to the bottom. And they make the case for a safety passport scheme. For more on the safety failings...

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The asbestos trigger case victory in the Supreme Court 28th March 2012
Mar28

The asbestos trigger case victory in the Supreme Court 28th March 2012

    The ruling means insurance liability and damage begins when workers are exposed to asbestos – not when cancers develop many years later. Some facts the case goes back to 2006 6,000 families are involved all have someone who has died or is suffering from mesothelioma payouts to these victims could be £600m up to 25,000 future claims, and compensation of £5bn, also are at stake the insurers in the case are: MMI,...

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Construction Safety Campaign International Workers Memorial Day 28 April 2012

This year the Construction Safety Campaign has decided to focus on one of the earliest cases they were involved in as a campaign when three workers were killed at Watney Street Market,  Tower Hamlets. Brothers David and Paul Richardson aged 19 and 17, and Steve Hammond, aged 32, were killed on 22nd September 1990 when they were overcome by toxic hydrogen sulphide gas fumes after they were sent to work in a sewer. Paul Barker survived...

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RIP 20,000 dying each year because of work
Mar25

RIP 20,000 dying each year because of work

  A graphic from the TUC about the numbers dying because of work   Tweet

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Toilet breaks request for information

Please respond to mail@lhc.org.uk and we will pass it on to Keith To whom can maybe help me please. I am doing occupational  level 3 health and Safety @ CONEL, and part of this course requires me to do a project on any h&s factors affecting my workplace/members. The Project I am going to do is on toilet breaks – or lack of them and being monitored etc….. I am hoping you will have any additional information on Employers...

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Battersea Crane collapse Inquest – the verdict
Mar19

Battersea Crane collapse Inquest – the verdict

On Monday 12th March, at the end of the inquest into the deaths of Michael Alexa and Jonathan Cloke which happened on 26th September 2006, the jury returned a narrative verdict:  Both men died as a result of a crane collapse due to failure of the inner slew ring bolts due to overloading of the counterweight. The overloading was due to an incorrect manual being used in the erection of the crane. On the 25th July 2006, four inner slew...

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health and safety is no ‘monster’

In the week we have heard all the evidence in the Inquest for Michael Alexa and Jonathan Cloke, here is a reminder of the debate earlier  in the year in the Guardian. The letters are responding to David Cameron:  health and safety is no monster This is London Hazards letter: The most recent figures show the number of workplace deaths in London nearly doubled – from nine to 17 – in a year. When workers get killed, inevitably...

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Uxbridge firm fined £18,000

Skyways Shopfitters Ltd, Morgans Yard Arundel Road Uxbridge were fined £18,000 for: for failing to provide storage for highly flammable liquids not examining lifting equipment or providing training for operators not checking exhaust ventilation not providing suitable respirators for sprayers not repairing defective electrical systems failing to protect workers from dangerous moving parts of machinery. 30 workers were put at risk. HSE...

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Latin American Workshop report

We ran a lively workshop for the Latin American Workers Association on 18th February at Southbank University, Elephant and Castle.  Afterwards Jake said: “on behalf of LAWAS thanks so much for the workshop on Saturday, everyone got a lot out of it. Hope this can be the start of a long and lasting relationship!” Download leaflet in Spanish and English here: hazards for cleaning workers Our factsheet on the Welfare...

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early reports from Battersea Crane Inquest

Some early reports of the Inquest into the Battersea Crane deaths of Michael Alexa and Jonathan Cloke The Evening Standard reports: “The machine, owned by Falcon Cranes, should have had eight tons of concrete balancing the weight of its load but the contractor used a manual for a different model which needed 12  tons….. Health and Safety Executive inspector Brent Bolton said the extra weights would have increased the...

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London construction blitz underway

Between 20th February and 16th March HSE inspectors will be looking at whether: Jobs that involve working at height have been identified and properly planned to ensure that appropriate precautions are in place Equipment is correctly installed / assembled, inspected and maintained and used properly Sites are well organised, to avoid trips and falls Walkways and stairs are free from obstructions Work areas are clear of unnecessary...

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Duncan Wallett & Co – London upholstery – anyone know this firm?

Wonder if anyone has any information relating to Employer Liability insurance for the above London based upholstery company. They were formally registered under Company No 511878 between 1952 and 1972 They changed their name in 1972 to Sealine Services (Marine Supplies) Ltd and in 1976 to P&O Group Purchasing and Supplies Ltd Any information would be gratefully received. mail@lhc.org.uk    ...

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ASBESTOS – GUILTY -the Italian Eternit verdict

Dear Friends- The Italian criminal court in Turin declared the two asbestos defendants GUILTY and condemned them to 16 years in jail! You can hear the full English version of the sentence read out (it took nearly 3 hours) online at: http://www.livestream.com/greenbox_/video?clipId=pla_0c7ba848-010d-4338-9afe-e6f75fa45c5d The verdict was a sensation and everyone in the court was very relieved and pleased, the exception being the...

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Asbestos in the dock

On Monday the 13th February 2012 the verdict of the Turin Eternit Trial will be announced: it is the largest and most important criminal case ever on asbestos-related deaths. Three thousand victims in four Italian plants – Casale Monferrato, Cavagnolo, Rubiera, Napoli – await justice. There is live screening of the trial here: Asbestos in the dock starting at 9am with a live stream providing an english translation....

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The Great Asbestos Trial

From Laurie Kazan-Allen: On February 13, 2012, in a Turin Court, the Italian prosecutor is asking for 20-year jail sentences for defendants Stephan Schmidheiny and Baron Louis de Cartier de Marchienne, executives of the Swiss and Belgian Eternit Groups which at various times were responsible for operations at Eternit asbestos-cement factories in Casale Monferrato and other Italian towns. There is little information on this important...

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Snow is here

Sheffield  Occupational Health Advisory Service has produced a factsheet for workers who have to work outside when its cold which you can download here: SOHAS Guide to Cold Work In wet, windy or extremely cold conditions all but emergency outdoor work should be stopped. Look out for  frostbite freezing of tissue: especially for ears, nose, fingers and toes. Hypothermia– drop in core body temperature this can lead to coma or...

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Asbestos in schools: new blow

Time bomb in the classroom Jonathan Owen in the Independent on Sunday , today 29th January 2012, investigates asbestos in schools and the government decision to exclude asbestos from a review of conditions in schools. It says: ‘The Government has deliberately excluded asbestos from an unprecedented review of the condition of the country’s schools because it knows that tackling the risks to schoolchildren and teachers could...

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Carillion blacklisting ET decision

“Agency workers have no legal protection against blacklisting” Press Release from Blacklist Support Group 21st January 2012 Agency workers have no legal protection against blacklisting by multi-national firms according to a shock decision in the Central London Employment Tribunal today. The court found that Dave Smith (an engineer) had been blacklisted by the respondents Carillion (JM) Limited and Schal International...

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Don’t let Cameron ‘murder’ safety culture

Replies to Cameron in the Guardian including one from LHC Read some of the replies here: health and safety is no monster   London Hazards letter: • The most recent figures show the number of workplace deaths in London nearly doubled – from nine to 17 – in a year. When workers get killed, inevitably investigations prove that corners have been cut and the law broken. It is London Hazards Centre’s belief that the 35% cut to...

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Taller Sobre Salud y Seguridad en el Trabajo

Es notorio que hay situaciones en muchos sitios de trabajo donde corren peligro la salud física y mental y la seguridad personal de los trabajadores. En este taller se dará una introducción a la salud y seguridad en el trabajo. Conoceremos las leyes pertinentes y algunas soluciones prácticas para trabajar en un ambiente seguro. Específicamente: Obligaciones legales de los empleadores en materia de salud y seguridad. Cómo identificar...

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Spring 2012 Community Training Program

The following dates have been arranged for basic health and safety sessions with community groups: Womens Health and Safety: Stress Workshop Oxford House, Bethnal Green, Tower Hamlets, on Thursday 8th March, 2012. Contact: margaretsharkey@lhc.org.uk Health and Safety Workshop for Latin American Workers Association at Southbank University on 18th February 2012. Risk Assessment Training including COSHH at Deans, not for profit training...

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Asbestos Hidden Killer campaign reprived

  In December the HSE agreed to continue the Hidden Killler campaign which was threatened by government cuts in public spending. Ian Wright launching the original campaign said: “We must take this seriously because it is deadly serious. If it was 20 premier league players dying a week it would mean in 3 months there’d be no premier league.” Listen to Ian Wright on our Asbestos page which links to HSEs asbestos...

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Battersea Crane Disaster Action Group

Request for funds “Please can you help us to save lives. We are in urgent need of funds and if you could make a donation, however small, it would be put to good use.” BARCLAYS: Sort Code 20-90-69 Account Number: 20357138 or cheque or postal order to: Secretary: Mrs Liliana Alexa, BCDAG, 24 Ascalon House, London SW8 4EA. cheques payable to Battersea Crane Disaster Action Group email: lilianaalexa@aol.com...

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London workplace deaths: sharp increase from 9 to 17 fatalities

The last HSE press release of 2011 (30/12/2011) is at: http://www.hse.gov.uk/press/2011/coi-ldn-statslondon.htm It says: The 17 deaths and 2,480 major injuries in London compare to 9 deaths and 2,630 major injuries in 2009/10. Another 11,101 workers suffered an injury or ill health which required them to take at least three days off work in 2010/11, compared to 11,676 in 2009/10.  ...

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Presentation of training courses at CAIA

Presentation for Basic Introduction to Health and Safety at Work Wednesday 18th January 14:00 to 16:00 at Perceval House, Ealing, 105a Mill Hill Road, W3 8JF. This presentation provides a brief description of how the organisation can improve health and safety in the workplace and communities through information, advice and training, focusing on women, black, Asian and minority ethnic communities. We are delivering this presentation at...

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Barka UK – Basic Health and Safety Training

Basic Introduction to Health and Safety at Work Tuesday 24th January 10:00 to 16:00 at 41 Spelman Street, Westminster, E1 5LQ. This taster courses provides a basic introduction to health and safety at work. It looks at the main laws and at practical solutions to creating a safe working environment. We are delivering this training course for the Barka UK, a non for profit organisation working mainly with Eastern European’s homeless...

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European wide anti-blacklisting laws agreed in Strasbourg

The European Parliament overwhelmingly voted for legislation on workplace health and safety including supporting whistleblowers and calling for an end to the practise of “black-listing” workers who speak out, on Thursday 15th December. Commenting on Facebook Dave Smith says: “As with all these things, its not so grand as it first seemed. The EU voted for a report which was in favour of anti-blacklisting laws –...

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Merton & Wandsworth Asylum Welcome: Training in General Health and Safety at Work

Basic Introduction to Health and Safety at Work Wednesday 11th January 14:00 to 18:00 at Queens Road Church, Queens Road, SW19 8LR. This taster courses provides a basic introduction to health and safety at work, risk assessments and how to tackle stress at work. It looks at the main laws and at practical solutions to creating a safe working environment. We are delivering this training course for the Merton and Wandsworth Asylum ...

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Migrant Resource Centre: Training in Health and Safety at Work

Basic Introduction to Health and Safety at Work Friday 16th December 13:00 to 17:00 at 24 Churton Street, SW1V 2LP. This taster courses provides a basic introduction to health and safety at work. It looks at the main laws and at practical solutions to creating a safe working environment. We are delivering this training course for the Migrant Resource Centre, a not for profit organisation working mainly with migrants in low paid jobs....

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Löfstedt Review: bad news for building workers

Lofstedt is recommending the following be revoked: The Notification of Tower Cranes Regulations 2010 and the Notification of Conventional Tower Cranes (Amendment) Regulations 2010 – because the Impact Assessment was not able to identify any quantifiable benefits to health and safety outcomes. A slap in the face to those who campaigned for this with the Battersea Crane Disaster Action Group. Link to full Lofstedt report:...

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Asbestos in council and social housing

This link has been sent to us by Tony Whitston, Greater Manchester Asbestos Victim Support Group: http://www.insidehousing.co.uk/repairs/deadly-dust/6519107.article It tells the story of John Shiers a member of their group and a campaigner who recently died of mesothelioma. In the 1980s he also campaigned to get asbestos managed safely on his estate – the large Hulme estate in Manchester. It says: “While the terminal...

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Oppose staff cuts at rail station ticket offices

The following Early Day Motion, EDM 2312, proposed by Teresa Pearce MP for Erith and Thamesmead has been signed by 37 MPs. Find out if your MP has signed it at the link below. That this House is concerned by the recommendation in the report by Sir Roy McNulty on the future of the rail industry, that nearly 1,000 station ticket offices should have their staff removed or reduced; notes that this figure amounts to approximately 40 per...

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Beckton Gasworks fatal mesothelioma case

If you have any information about people who have suffered an asbestos related disease while working for Beckton Gasworks we would appreciate you getting in touch. We are particularly interested in the period 1949 – 1954 concerning the death of a man employed as a fitter in this period. Contact mail@lhc.org.uk or phone 02077945999...

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RMT drivers to take action over Tube train safety

RMT TUBE drivers are to refuse to follow what the union considers to be dangerous new instructions from London Underground after voting by a margin of four to one for industrial action over train safety. From Friday RMT train operators and instructors will not co-operate with aspects of LUL’s misnamed ‘Operational Effectiveness Programme’ and will continue to use the proven safe procedures for reversing trains and carrying passengers...

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New Regulations for Agency Workers

The Agency Workers Regulations came into force on 1st October 2011.  Under these regulations, agency staff who have worked for 12 consecutive weeks at a company will be entitled to the same pay and other basic working conditions as the permanent staff. To get a full copy of the Agency Workers Regulations, please follow this link –...

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