Industrial health and safety

This page highlights some of the current parliamentary material available on industrial health and safety. This includes select committee reports, briefing papers on current legislation and other subjects produced by the parliamentary research services, and the latest Early Day Motions put down by MPs.

Standard Notes

DateDescription
18.09.2014Asbestos-related diseases: payments from the Department for Work and Pensions
Exposure to asbestos fibres can lead to a number of serious diseases. People suffering from certain conditions may be able to pursue a civil claim for damages against one or more employers responsible for exposing them to asbestos negligently and/or in breach of a statutory duty. Compensation may also be available under schemes administered by the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP).
10.09.2014Household Safety (Carbon Monoxide Detectors) Bill [Bill 26 of 2014-15]
Carbon monoxide is an invisible, tasteless and odourless gas. This Private Member's Bill aims to introduce a requirement that a functioning carbon monoxide detector must be installed in all newly built and all rented residential properties.
24.01.2014Mesothelioma: civil court claims
This note deals only with civil court claims for mesothelioma. A separate note on claims for Pleural Plaques is also available. Other notes on asbestos include Asbestos: damage, control and policy (SN/SC/5913) and Mesothelioma Bill RP 13/66 Asbestos: damage, control and policy (SN/SC/5913)
06.01.2014Mesothelioma Bill [HL]: House of Commons stages
The Mesothelioma Bill [HL] establishes a new Diffuse Mesothelioma Payment Scheme to make payments to people with diffuse mesothelioma who were exposed to asbestos either negligently or in breach of statutory duty by an employer, and who are unable to bring a claim for damages against the employer or an Employers' Liability (EL) insurer.
06.12.2011Electricity substations and health
Electricity substations, like overhead power lines and electrical appliances in the home, are sources of extremely low frequency (ELF) electromagnetic fields. These have given rise to health concerns and calls for protective legislation.

Research Papers

DateDescription
18.11.2013Mesothelioma Bill
The Bill provides the legislative framework for a new Diffuse Mesothelioma Payment Scheme to make payments to people with diffuse mesothelioma who were exposed to asbestos either negligently or in breach of statutory duty by an employer, and who are unable to bring a claim for damages against the employer or an Employers' Liability (EL) insurer.
02.11.2007Child Maintenance and Other Payments Bill Committee Stage Report
Child Maintenance and Other Payments Bill Committee Stage Report. (Bill 156 2006/07). House of Commons Library Research Paper 07/73.
29.06.2007Child Maintenance and Other Payments Bill
Child Maintenance and Other Payments Bill. (Bill 118 of 2006/07). House of Commond Library Research Paper 07/57.
06.10.2006Corporate Manslaughter and Corporate Homicide Bill
The Corporate Manslaughter and Corporate Homicide Bill (Bill 220 of 2005-06). House of Commons Library Research Paper 06/46
01.03.2005Health and Safety (Directors' Duties) Bill (Bill 22 of 2004/05)
The Health and Safety (Directors' Duties) Bill. (Bill 22 of 2004/05). House of Commons Library Research Paper 05/18.

Select Committee Reports

DateDescription
03.03.2010Vehicle and Operator Services Agency: Enforcement of regulations on commercial vehicles.
Public Accounts Committee report [Commons]
21.10.2009Workplace health and safety: follow-up report.
Government response. Department for Work and Pensions; Work and Pensions Select Committee report [Commons]
08.07.2009Workplace health and safety: follow-up report.
Work and Pensions Select Committee report [Commons]

Early Day Motions

DateDescription
06.02.2012EXPOSURE TO ASBESTOS
That this House is aware that every year in the UK over 4,000 people die as a result of their past exposure to asbestos, deaths which are not confined to only those employed in industrial ...
10.01.2012FATALITIES AND MAJOR INJURIES IN THE WORKPLACE
That this House is alarmed that the number of people killed in the workplace in the last financial year increased to 171, 24 more than in the previous 12 months; is concerned at figures ...
22.11.2011AUTOMATIC FIRE SPRINKLER SYSTEMS IN BUSINESS PREMISES
That this House is concerned at the risk to firefighters' lives and safety caused by fires in industrial and commercial buildings, as well as the cost of these fires through the loss ...
22.11.2011USE OF PEROXIDE IN HAIRDRESSING
That this House notes a number of recent tragic cases of people injured and even killed by peroxide hair products; further notes that these injuries are entirely preventable without ...
17.10.2011FEES AND CHARGES OF THE HEALTH AND SAFETY EXECUTIVE
That this House opposes the idea of charging small firms for health and safety inspections, as proposed by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE); notes that there is a risk this could ...

POST Papers

DateDescription
01.02.2009Food hygiene standards, February 2009
This briefing describes recent developments in food regulation and examines options to improve food hygiene in businesses through monetary penalties, training and the use of local "Scores on the Doors" schemes.

Glossary

  • Research Papers (RP) - briefings produced by the House of Commons Library on Bills, topical issues and regular statistics
  • Standard Notes (SN) - shorter, topical briefings from the Commons Library
  • Early Day Motions (EDMs) - formal motions submitted by MPs in the House of Commons
  • POST Notes - short briefing notes produced by the Parliamentary Office of Science and Technology
  • Lords Library Notes (LLN) - papers compiled by the House of Lords Library on Bills and for debates in the Lords
  • Select Committee Reports - papers produced by all select committees of both Houses