Thursday, September 11, 2008

Health and Safety debate at the TUC

Congress has agreed Composite 21 which calls for a new approach from the Health and Safety Executive, moving away from self-regulation and emphasising inspection and enforcement.

Also, and very sensibly, the composite calls for a duty on employers to provide risk assessments to union representatives. It is implicit in other duties upon employers that they should do this, but the lack of clarity in the law is a major obstacle to promoting health and safety in the workplace.

We are now debating the rather odd Composite 22 which calls for us to mark Workers Memorial Day (in April) by having a public holiday in October. Since this does not seem to make too much sense I think I shall go and get a coffee...

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