[cover image][256 pages] August 2020
Health and Safety Law 2020
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The coronavirus pandemic and attempts to re-open the UK economy are thrusting the role of the trade union movement – especially its 100,000 health and safety reps – to the fore like never before. COVID-19 has been an occupational health and safety crisis as well as a public health disaster, with hundreds of UK workers having died after being infected at work. This latest edition of the Labour Research Department’s annual guide to health and safety law could not come at a more crucial time, providing trade unionists and others with the authoritative information to help ensure union members can work as safely as possible. A new chapter at the front of the booklet covers the risks to workers of COVID-19 and the relevant law and guidance on working safely during the pandemic, with further information in later chapters. Health and Safety Law 2020 also covers all the other latest developments in UK health and safety law, and, coming months before the end of the Brexit transitional period, it sets out the potential impact on UK safety laws of leaving the EU.[More ...]
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[cover image][56 pages] June 2019
Workplace action on mental health - a trade union guide
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Mental ill health is currently high up in the news agenda, but people experiencing mental health problems continue to face numerous difficulties at work. Union reps and other workplace union activists are in an excellent position to increase awareness of mental health problems in their workplaces and to negotiate good employer policies which improve wellbeing at work. This booklet gives practical advice to union reps on negotiating workplace policies and procedures on mental health. It aims to help reps work with employers to make workplaces supportive for individuals experiencing either long-term or short-term mental health difficulties, and to ensure that mental health problems are not created by work itself.[More ...]
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[cover image][72 pages] February 2019
Tackling bullying and harassment at work - a guide for union reps and workers
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Bullying and harassment is a daily reality for many workers, making their working lives intolerable. The issue is a major concern for unions, ranking second only to stress as the hazard most likely to be reported by union safety reps. However, unions and workers do not have to simply accept this. Employers have a legal duty to tackle bullying and harassment and there is action that can be taken to deal with the problem. This updated guide provides union reps with examples of best practice and practical guidance on what they can do to prevent bullying and harassment in the workplace, how it can be tackled collectively, and how best to provide support and representation for members who are being bullied and/or harassed at work.[More ...]
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[cover image][112 pages] December 2018
Sickness absence and sick pay - a guide for trade unions and working people
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No-one knows when they might need the support of a good sick pay scheme and a fair absence management policy. The aim of this booklet is to highlight the issues that need to be addressed in securing one, and to help reps support members who are off sick. It takes into account recent developments and trends, such as the rise of "presenteeism" and "leavism", and the growing focus on workplace wellbeing. Examples of good practice from a range of workplaces and collective agreements, as well as up-to-date case law, are included throughout.[More ...]

[cover image][72 pages] September 2018
Women's health and safety at work - a guide for union reps
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The UK’s 15 million working women now make up around half the workforce. But the risks they face at work are often described as hidden or invisible and, for a number of reasons examined in the booklet, "women’s work" is sometimes perceived as safer than traditionally male-dominated occupations. Where these differences are acknowledged when assessing risks and deciding suitable solutions, there is a greater chance of ensuring that the health, safety and welfare of all workers is protected. Women's health and safety at work sets out the hidden hazards of women’s work and explains why taking a gender-sensitive approach to occupational safety and health is important.[More ...]
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[cover image][48 pages] October 2017
Drug and alcohol policies at work - a guide for union reps
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Union reps need to understand the issues relating to drugs and alcohol at work, particularly as many employers with drug and alcohol policies will use them in disciplinary cases against individual workers. This new guide provides reps and negotiators with positive and effective examples of union action and intervention, using the law and good practice. It explains the law together with government guidance on drugs and alcohol at work and examines employers’ policies, especially around disciplinary procedures and testing, as well as looking at rehabilitation and support for affected workers.[More ...]

[cover image][64 pages] February 2017
Protecting workers from violence and abuse - a union rep's guide
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The UK has some of the highest levels of work-related violence in Europe and while the workers most at risk are those in contact with people from outside their organisation, violence and abuse can happen in any workplace. Union reps and safety reps have a key role to play in ensuring that employers provide suitable levels of protection for their workers. This LRD booklet provides practical guidance on how to prevent or reduce work-related violence and abuse, as well as giving advice on what action to take when it does occur. Crucially, it explains how reps can use the law to persuade employers to take action to prevent violence at work. This booklet also provides practical examples showing how unions and reps across a range of sectors and in a variety of workplaces have tackled workplace violence and abuse.[More ...]

[cover image][64 pages] October 2016
Stress and mental health at work - a guide for trade union reps
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Stress is one of the main factors causing work-related ill-health. A growing number of union reps are voicing their concerns as low pay, job insecurity, precarious forms of employment and huge job cuts have left many struggling to cope. Union reps and safety reps have a key role to play in ensuring that employers take their responsibilities for tackling work-related stress and mental health issues seriously. This booklet aims to provide reps with information, advice and guidance written from a trade union perspective, together with practical examples showing how unions and reps have tackled work-related stress across a range of industrial and service sectors and in a variety of workplaces.[More ...]

[cover image][63 pages] May 2012
Preventing injury at work - a union reps' guide to musculoskeletal disorders
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Back pain, RSI and other upper and lower limb disorders, known collectively as muskuloskeletal disorders (MSDs), continue to account for the highest number of injuries reported to the Health and Safety Executive. This booklet gives union reps and workers the information they need to ensure that employers take action to prevent MSDs, as well as how to support workers who may develop MSDs.[More ...]

[cover image][56 pages] April 2010
Hazardous substances - a guide for safety reps
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Millions of workers come into contact with hazardous substances in the workplace. This booklet gives examples of the kind of action being taken to tackle hazardous substances at work, and details the relevant health and safety law. It explains in a clear and concise way where hazardous substances can arise and how exposure can be prevented or controlled.[More ...]