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    Health & Safety

    Health & Safety Policy – Know it, Believe it, Want it!

    Health & Safety Policy – Know it, Believe it, Want it! My dictionary gives three definitions of ‘policy’. I like two of them – they apply to health and safety. Well, the third one does, too – in a way. It says: ”Policy – a contract of insurance or a document containing this”. I suppose that applies to health and safety, too. There are only two insurances that you have to have by law (know what they are? Later!) but insurances certainly do feature in health and safety. The two definitions I like are: “Policy – a course or principle of action adopted or proposed by a government, party, business, or individual,…

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    Health & Safety

    The Real Cost of Car Safety Recalls

    There has been a good deal in the media recently about the troubles of Toyota and Honda. They’re two car manufacturers synonymous with high quality, safety and reliability. Toyota (including the Lexus brand) has had problems with sticking accelerator pedals in quite a few models in the US. And, it seems, worldwide, a software issue affecting the braking of the latest versions of the Prius. Honda has also been afflicted – malfunctioning electric window switches which could possibly cause a fire. There are clear safety and quality lessons but doubtless there has also been much hype. New revelations every day; Japanese CEO’s apologising profusely on TV. It’s almost reaching the…