This publication represents the collective work of a team of health and safety experts brought together by IER to review the UK's response to the Covid-19 pandemic, assess the lessons to be learnt and identify areas of weakness that need further attention. It is IER's intention to follow up this work with a more detailed analysis of the UK's health and safety framework, based on discussions with trade unions, health and safety reps, non-organised workers, enforcement bodies and safety specialists. On the fiftieth anniversary of the Robens Report of 1972, which, despite changes in workplace practices, remains the cornerstone of our health and safety laws, the IER will publish its findings and recommendations.


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Ewing, K., Ford, M., Glenister, S., Jones, C., Hendy, J., Newsham, J., O'Neil, R., Taylor, P., Tombs, S., Walters, D., Watterson, A. & Whyte, D. 2021, HSE and Covid at work: a case of regulatory failure, Institute of Employment Rights, Liverpool. https://strathprints.strath.ac.uk/75444/

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