Archive May 2011

White Asbestos: Definitely Top-Level Carcinogen

The Safety and Health Practitioner has reported that the Government's chief scientific advisor has reaffirmed the status of chrysotile (white) asbestos as a Class 1 carcinogenic substance, and has concluded that there is no valid reason to demote it to a less-serious category. Last year, Sir John Beddington, head of the Government Office for Science, was approached to consider whether any evidence exists that would "justify an imminent change to the 'international scientific consensus on the classification...
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Last Resort Fund for Asbestos Victims

It would seem that things may be taken more seriously for asbestos victims. We read in the Law Society Gazette that lawyers acting for people suffering from asbestos-related diseases have renewed their appeal for a ‘fund of last resort' when insurance details cannot be found. The scheme would work as a safety net for victims of disease - mainly incurred through their work decades ago - when victims cannot trace their employers' insurance records. For more on this article see the Law Society...
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McNulty Report Angers Rail Staff and Passengers

It would seem that the McNulty report has stirred up quite a lot of reaction. Sir Roy McNulty has maintained that £1 billion a year could be saved. That's the equivalent of 20 per cent of the present public subsidy to railways in Britain. His report also states that there will be a 'levelling of fares' with the main sufferers being the off peak travellers. The report has not been well received by the unions who have already been voicing their resentment at suggestions that railway staff...
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RIDDOR Change is Bad News, Lawyer Warns

SHP (Safety & Health Practitioner) has reported that a proposed change under RIDDOR 1995 to report incidents that lead to a worker being incapacitated for more than seven days rather than three days, as is currently the case, has been described as a potential retrograde move for health and safety. A recommendation first made by Lord Young last year in his report - Common Sense, Common Safety - Steffan Groch, explained that the Conservative peer had identified a less-than desirable...
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Newsletter - May 2011

The May 2011 edition of the Ai Solutions Newsletter is now available: May Newsletter.
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