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  • Combustible cladding ban should apply to all high-rises - IOSH

    Mega phone 01 October 2018
    181001 Cladding

    A ban on combustible cladding in the UK should apply to ALL new high-rise buildings, the chartered body for safety and health professionals said today.

    Housing Secretary James Brokenshire announced at the Conservative Party conference that new high-rise residential buildings, hospitals, registered care homes and student accommodation will be covered by the ban.

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  • “Strong leadership” needed to make railways safer

    Mega phone 26 September 2018
    rail crop

    A railway safety expert is calling on industry bosses to lead from the front in ensuring risks to people are managed as effectively as those posed to their business, as new figures reveal the number of fatalities and injuries in the industry last year.

    Published by the Office of Road and Rail, the figures reveal that were seven passengers and two workers killed on the UK’s railways in 2017-18 – compared with 15 and one respectively the previous year. Meanwhile there were 337 fatalities involving members of the public – those defined as neither passengers or workers – up from 309 in 2016-17.

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  • Hong Kong safety chief becomes IOSH President

    Mega phone 21 September 2018
    180921 Vincent Ho Pres

    Hong Kong-based rail safety chief Dr Vincent Ho has become President of the leading global professional body for workplace health and safety.

    Dr Ho, head of corporate safety at rail operator MTR Corporation, is keen for his profession to “embrace” developments in technology and to continue seeking out new opportunities to improve worker protection around the world.

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  • Impossible to rule out another Grenfell – fire review author

    Mega phone 18 September 2018
    180918 Judith Hackitt IOSH 18

    The author of an independent review into fire safety and building regulations has warned it is impossible to rule out another “catastrophic event” like the Grenfell Tower tragedy if changes aren’t made to the regulatory system.

    Addressing delegates at IOSH 2018, the Institution of Occupational Safety and Health’s annual international conference, Dame Judith Hackitt said she was “truly shocked” about standards in the built environment when she started her review.

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  • Safety and health professionals urged to “speak language of boardroom”

    Mega phone 17 September 2018
    Craig Foyle

    Safety and health professionals were today (Monday 17 September) urged to combine their technical know-how with business acumen to strengthen the drive to prevent work-related accidents and ill health.

    Craig Foyle, outgoing president of IOSH, the Institution of Occupational Safety and Health, told its annual international conference that there is increasing recognition among businesses of the connection between protecting workers and being successful.

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