Human rights report is “important call for action”
Tuesday 18th April 2017
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The UK's Joint Select Committee on Human Rights has published its report, called 'Human Rights and Business 2017: Promoting responsibility and ensuring accountability'.
The report comes after an inquiry by the committee, to consider the progress made by the UK Government in implementing the United Nations Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights.
It includes a raft of key recommendations, a number of which IOSH has also called for previously.
Among these, it has signified support for the requirements of Baroness Young of Hornsey's Modern Slavery (Transparency in Supply Chains) Bill, saying the Government facilitating this would be a "positive start".
IOSH's Head of Policy and Public Affairs Richard Jones recently contributed to a Westminster roundtable on the issue of transparency and modern slavery in supply chains, following an invitation from Baroness Young.
The committee's report also recommends that the Gangmasters and Labour Abuse Authority should have extended licensing powers, particularly in respect of garment manufacturing and construction, and that the Government should undertake human rights impact assessments before entering into trade agreements.
Richard Jones said: "It's vital that vulnerable workers are protected. IOSH has called for broader requirements for anti-slavery disclosures and extension of the gangmasters licensing regime, as well as good health and safety protections in any new trade deals -- so we welcome these proposals."
To see the full committee report and all of the recommendations, click here.
The Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) Select Committee has compiled a report into corporate governance failings. It comes in the wake of major failures at organisations including high-street retailers BHS and Sports Direct.
The Institution has received the latest version of ISO 45001 – known as ISO 45001.2 – and has made it available to members, for consultation purposes only.The draft international standard has been edited by the ISO Secretariat and sent to all National Standards Bodies (NSBs) for translation. As ISO 45001.2 is already in English, BSI (the UK NSB) has provided a copy early.
IOSH is making Managing Safely and Working Safely available in a non-English language after feedback from its network of training providers in the region.Announcing the move at IOSH’s Middle East Conference, in Doha, IOSH Training and Skills executive director Richard Orton said the Arabic-language versions could be applied to any industry sector and were now available to order.
Launched in November 2014, IOSH’s No Time to Lose campaign is raising awareness of occupational cancer around the world and helping businesses take action and protect their workforces by providing free, practical resources.Wills Bros Civil Engineering Ltd is the 100th organisation to commit to the No Time to Lose pledge, a six-step plan to capture key actions each organisation is planning to take or already taking to manage carcinogenic exposures in the workplace.
With the publication of ISO 45001 still several months away, Kristian Glaesel, Convenor of the committee responsible for drawing it up, said the draft standard provides information about the forthcoming requirements and will be available to view shortly.Speaking at the ISO Masterclass Roadshow in Coventry, he said: “The framework of ISO 45001 follows the new harmonised structure, Annex SL. So, organisations can use this to start preparing.”
The West of Scotland Branch of the Institution has presented Certificate of Merit awards to 18 individuals and one team. The awards are handed out annually to recognise the contribution of non-health and safety professionals to keeping workers out of harm’s reach.Individual winners include staff from construction and civil engineering firms, a college and an organisation responsible for preventing waste across Scotland.