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16 July 2004

LRD publishes essential guide to health and safety law
As union safety reps and health and safety campaigners meet for the annual Hazards conference in Manchester, the Labour Research Department (LRD) is publishing its essential guide Health and safety law 2004.

Updated annually, this popular LRD booklet includes all the significant developments in health and safety law over the last year. For example, there is a new duty to manage asbestos in non-domestic premises, the working time rules have been extended to give protection to some previously excluded workers and the civil liability exclusion has been removed, allowing employees to bring civil claims against employers who have breached their health and safety duties.

The use of mobile phones while driving has been banned, and there are new regulations covering work at height due to come into force this month.

Health and safety law 2004 provides up to date information on all these developments, as well as highlighting significant cases, including rulings on stress, bullying, manual handling, work equipment and compensation for injury to feelings.

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. It also shows how safety reps can use the law to tackle the growing problems of stress, bullying and violence at work.

Health and safety law 2004 informs reps about forthcoming developments, such as the European Union directives on noise and vibration. It also keeps readers updated on the latest proposals for tackling stress at work and changes to occupational exposure limits.

Notes to editors

1. Health and safety law 2004 is published by the Labour Research Department, 78 Blackfriars Road, London SE1 8HF, price ?6.95 or ?15.00 for employers or commercial organisations. LRD booklets are also available on subscription at an annual cost of ?30.95 (?76.95 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 over 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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