Clean-up at second Edinburgh firm as legionnaires’ disease source is sought

Pharmaceuticals company Macfarlan Smith ordered to tackle one of its cooling towers A clean-up has been ordered in Edinburgh at a second company being investigated as a possible source of an outbreak of legionnaires’ disease. The number of confirmed and suspected cases rose on Monday to 88. So far one man has died. He was […]


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Hot under the collar: employee rights in soaring temperatures

Hot weather can make work environments unbearable. What are your rights, and what is your employer obliged to provide? How hot is my workplace allowed to be? There is no set maximum. The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) used to say that “an acceptable zone of thermal comfort for most people in the UK lies […]


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Rules relaxed for reporting offshore oil and gas accidents

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) has introduced a new regulation that says injuries need only be reported if workers are out of action for over seven days The North Sea safety regulator has lightened up the rules for reporting accidents offshore even as one operator in the field, Total, struggles to halt a gas […]


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Health and safety overkill to be challenged by official body

Health and Safety Executive sets up mythbusters panel to tackle misuse of legislation by ‘jobsworths’ An official voice to combat misuses of health and safety legislation is being launched by ministers. The Health and Safety Executive is setting up a panel to provide quick advice to people who are subject to ridiculous or disproportionate health […]


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Letters: Health and safety is no ‘monster’

As a former president of the Institution of Occupational Safety and Health (2000-02) I was disgusted by the vitriolic tirade of nonsense spouted by David Cameron about how he will “kill off the health and safety culture” (Report, 6 January). He has learned nothing from the carefully researched Löfstedt report but has crafted it to […]


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