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Hazards

Originating from money gained for a 'Pollution Man' (sic), we began to get more and more interested in pollution inside, rather than outside, factories. If it was bad outside, it was often a lot worse inside. This was triggered when helping a community fight the noise of BP Baglan Bay in Wales, when we found ourselves in the middle of the biggest industrial health issue for many years - rare cancers from making plastic. (See 'Death in Plastics industry') 

Three of us - Charlie Alan and Tony, found themselves talking at many labour events, following the introduction of the Health & Safety at Work Act 1974. We helped campaign for the Safety Representative Regulations that had been promised, but derailed. We gained publicity for a range of industrial hazards, including, noise, vinyl chloride and asbestos. BSSRS funded pamphlets and books  on these.

Hazards Magazine was set up in the mid 1970s by Science for People Groups primarily in London, Manchester, and Sheffield, with the intention to bring together shopfloor workers and radical scientists.

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Various specialist groups were also established, including Women & Work Hazards. .


Recently Hazards wins Workworld Media Award (for record second time)