• Health & Safety

    Shall We Stay or Shall We Go? The Potential Implications of ‘Brexit’ on H&S Regulation in UK

    Like many, I have felt somewhat battered and bemused by the recent torrent of information and argument about our future, or not, as members of the EU. Trying to make a well-informed decision about whether to stay or leave requires trawling through a huge amount of material and listening carefully to arguments on the economy, immigration, sovereignty and so on. Faced with this bewildering mass of information it’s no wonder that many people seem to be finding it hard to make up their minds. So, I thought to myself, what issue of personal importance can I focus on in an effort to see which way to leap on 23 June? …

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    Environmental

    Corporate Social Responsibility

    Power to the People – Take Two Thinking about Corporate Social Responsibility and how the motivation for it is mainly moral, or ethical – as outlined in Element 2, Unit 1 of the NEBOSH Environmental Certificate – I was interested in the recent tongue-lashing the UK government received from the parliamentary Environmental Audit Committee (EAC) over its plans to introduce a 5p charge on single-use plastic bags from 2015. On the face of it this seems a little harsh, given that plastic bags have been highlighted as a conspicuous waste of resources and an insidious source of pollution for many years. The EU Commission estimates that 800,000 tonnes of plastic…

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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,…