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23 June 2003

Health and safety law 2003 - New edition of LRD's popular guide out now
There have been many significant developments in health and safety law over the last year, including new regulations concerning hazardous substances and a new approved code of practice on occupational asthma. In addition, there have been changes to the Working Time Regulations affecting young workers, proposals on corporate accountability legislation and consultation is about to begin on changes to safety reps' rights.

Health and safety law 2003 provides up-to-date information on all these developments, as well as highlighting significant cases that have been won, including victories on asthma, manual handling, vibration, working time and hazardous substances.

One of LRD's most popular booklets, this latest edition of Health and safety law provides trade unionists and safety reps with a comprehensive guide to health and safety law, and will help them to ensure that their members are protected at work.

The booklet covers all aspects of health and safety law, from the basic framework of the legislation, to safety reps' rights and details of regulations relating to all aspects of the working environment, equipment in use at work, physical hazards and dealing with accidents and injuries at work. This year's edition also contains a new section outlining how safety reps can use the law to tackle the increasing problems of stress, bullying and violence at work.

Health and safety law 2003 should also be useful for reps preparing for the European health and safety week in October, when unions will be campaigning on the theme of dangerous substances.

Notes to editors

1. Health and safety law 2003 is published by the Labour Research Department, 78 Blackfriars Road, London SE1 8HF, price ?5.95 or ?10.50 for employers or commercial organisations. LRD booklets are also available on subscription at an annual cost of ?29.50 (?73.95 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 national unions, representing 99% of total TUC membership, are affiliated.

3. For press enquiries on this booklet contact Paul Hampton 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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