Welcome to Safety Groups UK!
The mission of SGUK is
‘ To promote health and safety by supporting a thriving national network of health and safety Groups'
The organisation, which is a registered charity (was originally established in 1947) is the coordinating body for the network of around 70 local voluntary Occupational Health and Safety Groups located throughout the UK.
No Time to Lose - Working together to beat Occupational Cancer
Campaign to cut work cancer deaths launched
An industry-wide campaign to cut the number of deaths from occupational cancer was launched on Monday 3 November in London. We have signed up to this campaign in support of IOSH.
According to conservative estimates, some 8,000 people die from cancer and around 14,000 contract the disease each year in the UK because of exposure to a work-related carcinogen, such as diesel exhaust fumes, silica dust or asbestos fibres. Worldwide, occupational cancer claims the lives of more than 666,000 a year – one death every 47 seconds.
For more information about this campaign please read:
Beware Asbestos Campaign
We are demonstrating our ongoing support to HSE in raising awareness of the dangers of Asbestos and the potential to contract long latency disease, this underpins our commitment to "Promote Health and Safety Nationwide"
As part of HSE’s Beware Asbestos campaign, HSE have launched a social media initiative with the support of footballer Stuart Pearce. Stuart used to be an electrician and so was happy to help highlight the risk to trades people which is being covered by National press and men’s magazines.
We encourage you to follow HSE on Twitter, you may have seen the HSE tweets already, in which case, thank you for re-tweeting. If you or your organisation uses Twitter or Facebook, we would love you to show your support for the campaign by wearing the scarf. This is a neat little icon called a “twibbon” that appears in the corner of your profile picture. You can get the icon by clicking on the following link: http://twibbon.com/support/beware-asbestos and by following the campaign on Twitter.
If you are able to forward the request to your members, that would also be fantastic! Please let me know if your organisation is using social media to promote the Beware Asbestos campaign so that we can follow you too.
Health and Safety Week Interview
John Cairns has given an interview for "Health and Safety Week".
The interview can be accessed from the website below:
Trades Union Congress - Health and Safety
The Trades Union Congress (TUC) has a webpage on Health and Safety.
This website is part of TUC's work to ensure union safety reps have the information and resources to continue and to improve that work.
The website can be accessed by clicking the link below:
HSE Myth Busters
The Myth Busters Challenge Panel provides a mechanism to independently challenge advice or decisions, made in the name of health and safety, that arebelieved to be disproportionate or inaccurate.
You can find the cases that the panel have considered and their findings at the linking below: