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THE YEAR Dickies will be launching the 2014 competition to find Britain’s top workers and ultimately the UK Worker of the Year on 7th April. This year, the competition will be promoted around the country, beginning at the British

Superbike Championship meeting at Brands Hatch on 18th April.

Like last year’s competition, UK Worker of the Year 2014 will be sponsored by Dickies, in association with Suzuki. The winner this time round will have the choice of taking home a Suzuki S-Cross car, a Suzuki V-Strom 1000 motorcycle or a Suzuki ATV Quad.

The winner of the competition will be announced at the final round of the British Superbike meeting at Brands Hatch on October 18th. The winner will

then also be given the opportunity to predict the outcome of a race on the final day and potentially win £100,000. Runners up in the competition will again receive thousands of pounds in holiday vouchers.

In 2013, Judi James, a farmer from Littlebreddy in Dorchester was crowned the fourth UK Worker of the Year at the awards evening at the Madejski Stadium in Reading.



EMPLOYED The Institution of Occupational Safety and Health (IOSH) has issued a warning and reminded the Government of the important role health and safety plays in the UK’s workplaces, following the Prime Minister’s address to the Federation of Small Businesses (FSB).

Prior to his address at the FSB’s conference, David Cameron made it clear that he would be continuing to champion deregulation as a “public service” to small businesses.

IOSH Head of Policy and Public Affairs, Richard Jones, said: “IOSH


fully supports the simplification of legislation and guidance, but is against lowering of standards that could lead to more accidents and deaths.

“As we have made clear to the Government, we think it would be unhelpful, unnecessary and unwise to exempt certain self-employed from health and safety law, as the Government is proposing – causing more of a hindrance than a help.”

Richard added: “We have one of the best health and safety records in the world. It would be a shame for legislation to be scrapped that could set us back as a society. The reality is that we need more action to prevent occupational cancers, diseases and road deaths, not less.”

LAUNCHED A new version of the ‘Purple Guide’, which aims to help organisers deliver successful events safely, has been launched. The Guide, which was originally published in 1992, is aimed at local authority regulators, emergency service personnel, and the various contractors and sub-contractors who help make events happen.

Developed through consultation with the industry and government agencies, and with the support of the HSE, The Purple Guide to Health, Safety and Welfare at Music and Other Events is initially being published online, although a printed version may be produced in the future.

Initially, 23 chapters are being published, each covering a different aspect of the infrastructure involved in putting on an event. Further chapters will be added over the summer and the EIF has put in place a team of experts to regularly review and update the content.

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