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    Health & Safety

    Road Safety Awareness

    Road safety is something that is close to us all, unless you live in the remote countryside or are a frequent visitor to Olympus Mons – oh the rarefied air of Mars brings back memories. Whatever your view of the current UK government, it also seems that they consider it important too. Important enough for a firm strategy paper to be published. I speak of the DfT Strategic Framework for Road Safety. Browsing through its 75 pages, it covers numerous issues – previous trends, how different stakeholders can work together to improve things (that’s Big Society thinking i.e. everyone else but the government), training and the ever popular and inventive…

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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…