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Hard Hat – our Health & Safety bulletin
Hard Hat is our quarterly health and safety bulletin. It is sent to UCATT activists and to members who have provided their email address to the union.
Download the latest issue or browse the archive below:
Latest issue: Spring 2015
Download: Hard Hat Spring 2015
The spring issue of Hard Hat contains information on this year’s Workers’ Memorial Day, an update on the Government’s fit for work scheme, information on high profile support for the HSE’s new asbestos awareness campaign and much more.
The winter issue contains important news about major changes to the CSCS card scheme, information on how safety reps can now directly contact the HSE, how the courts have blocked Government plans to increase the legal costs of asbestos victims and much more.
The Autumn issue contains stories on how workers are facing a health time bomb from inhaling dust, an increase in construction deaths, how a council was forced to revise its rules on agency working after UCATT revealed safety failings and much more.
The Spring issue covers stories on the Alder Hey hospital in Liverpool, Government plans to commercialise the HSE, drops in life-saving construction inspections, and much more.
The winter issue covers stories on reforms to the CSCS green card scheme, Boris Johnson's failure to help reduce London construction deaths, a sham Government consultation on mesothelioma claims and much more.
The autumn 2013 issue covers feedback from the Save Our Safety lobby, information on regional safety conferences, news about how the Government is not taking asbestos dangers seriously and information about a further downgrading of safety reporting
The issue includes stories on what measures workers need to take to stay safe in the sun and hot weather, a warning about how third party agencies are overcharging for CSCS cards and the latest information on the Government’s continued attacks on safety laws and regulations.
This edition includes stories about the sale of personal protective equipment (PPE) through vending machines, lethal fake PPE, the launch of the TUC’s health and safety manifesto, information on Workers Memorial Day and a TUC reporton how healthy workplace reduce sick absence.
The December 2012 issue covers stories on the Health and Safety Executive’s latest safety statistics, how Caerphilly Council distributed seriously misleading information about “safe levels” of breathing in asbestos and dangerous cuts to staffing in the Highways Agency.
This issue includes stories concerning the increased number of construction fatalities in 2010/11, UCATT’s response to the Loftstedt Review and changes to the RIDDOR reporting system. Hard Hat also includes an update on the proposed changes to the asbestos regulations in order to ensure that they become compliant with the EU Asbestos Directive.
This issue includes stories about how a UCATT member won compensation after being victimised for raising safety concerns, possible changes to the Asbestos Regulations 2006 and Government proposals to weaken the RIDDOR regulations. Other stories in the issue include: the latest twist in the fight for pleural plaques justice in Scotland, research showing that new workers are more vulnerable to workplace accidents, and reports on cuts in HSE inspections and the closing of the HSE’s Infoline.
Guide: Blacklisting and public procurement
Our new guide seeks to assist UCATT members in lobbying to stop public contracts going to firms that have blacklisted workers and have not made up for it. Download the Blacklisting & Public Procurement Guide now.
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