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14 June 2002

LRD publishes updated health and safety law guide
Recent months have seen a number of significant developments in health and safety law, in particular rulings that affect compensation in stress and asbestos cases. There has also been progress for directives from Europe, and new proposals from the Health and Safety Commission (HSC).

Health and Safety Law 2002 is the latest edition of LRD's widely-used health and safety handbook, providing a comprehensive outline of the law covering workplace health and safety. It has been fully updated to take account of important case law developments and proposed new regulations and guidance.

For example, Health and Safety Law 2002 explains the recent rulings on compensation for stress in the Sutherland case and the union victory over asbestos compensation in the House of Lords, as well as a European decision on display screen equipment. The HSC's guidelines on the responsibilities of company directors are set out, along with proposals for new Control of Substances Hazardous to Health (COSHH) Regulations and the launch of union information notices by the TUC.

The booklet also updates readers on the progress of European directives concerning asbestos, noise and vibration, as well as changes to the Working Time Regulations including holiday entitlement for short-term workers.

Health and Safety Law 2002 is a vital resource for all those concerned with ensuring the health, safety and welfare of employees at work, and provides many useful pointers to sources of further information.

Notes to editors

1. Health and Safety Law 2002 is published by the Labour Research Department, 78 Blackfriars Road, London SE1 8HF, price ?4.95 or ?10 for employers or commercial organisations. LRD booklets are also available on subscription at an annual cost of ?28.50 (?72.75 for employers/ commercial organisations). LRD publishes 10-11 booklets each year.

2. The Labour Research Department is an independent trade union and labour movement organisation founded 90 years ago. Around 1,800 trade union organisations, including 55 including 55 national unions, representing 99% of total TUC membership, are affiliated.

3. For press enquiries on this booklet contact Andrea Oates on 020 7902 9826. To order copies of the booklet telephone 020 7928 3649.

4. Full information about all of LRD's services and publications is available on the LRD website at www.lrd.org.uk.

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