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April 2017

Leader interview
Marian Kelly, London Underground

The tube’s OSH and environment head is nudging the public towards less risky behaviour. 

Unmanned aerial vehicles
Permission for take-off

Unmanned aerial vehicles can substitute for humans in some high-hazard activities but the authorities exert tight controls to ensure their safe use. 

Employment patterns
Gig guide

Most debate about the growing gig economy and new forms of technology-driven work focuses on employment rights, but what about workers’ safety and health? 

IOSH 2017
IOSH 2017 conference preview - part 1

We interview two speakers from the institution’s November gathering. 

Conference report
Travel advisory - Duty of Care Summit

The first Duty of Care Summit in Berlin in June 2017 considered techniques to focus employees’ minds on travel hazards and deploying staff with disabilities to war zones. 

Health conditions
Working through: arthritis

The latest in our series on supporting workers with chronic health conditions considers the musculoskeletal condition that is not limited to older workers.

Leader interview
Cormac Gilligan, PepsiCo

The food and drinks maker’s vice president of environment, health and safety about attracting OSH talent and developing it. 

The wide-awake club

Promoting the benefits of alertness may engage employees more than warning of the perils of fatigue. 

Conference report
Health and Wellbeing at Work 2017

Emerging respiratory hazards, sporting challenges and the progress of the Fit for Work service all cropped up at this year’s event. 

Health conditions
Working through: multiple sclerosis

In the second of our series we look at supporting employees with MS. 

Corporate responsibility
The chains that bind

Legal cases where western brands’ social responsibility statements are linked to establishing liability for harm to suppliers’ workers are on the increase.

Off duty
Gary Beckley CMIOSH, director, SHE Management (UK)

I came to kickboxing very late; I’m 51 now and I started around five years ago. I was fairly typical for my age: a bit overweight and I had suffered a few injuries over the years playing rugby. I was a bit bored, really. I did try going to the gym but I didn’t enjoy it. A few doors along from that gym in Maidstone, Kent, is the TKO Kickboxing Academy. I popped in one day on the off-chance, was offered a free session and never looked back.

O is for occupational safety & health management standards

Standardisation was a key element of the industrial revolution. In the 18th century, tasks that were previously carried out by craftsmen could be completed by less skilled people using new inventions such as screw-cutting lathes to produce standardised tools and materials. The first customer of Whitworth’s standardised screw – developed in 1841 – was the Royal Arsenal, the British army ordnance depot at Woolwich, London, and military purposes continued to drive standardisation. Weapons made by craftsmen varied in size, so you could not use parts from one damaged gun in a war zone to repair another. In the early 1800s Eli Whitney was able to supply 10,000 standardised guns to the US government, all with interchangeable parts.