Greater Manchester Hazards Centre (GMHC) is a not for profit organisation which campaigns lobbies and advises workers on occupational health, safety and welfare issues. GMHC works with trade union in the workplace, at branches and at regional and national level, produces fact sheets and information packs, sets up and supports health and safety campaigns, raises awareness, co-ordinates a network of health and safety representatives in the North West and is supported by a panel of industrial, legal and academic experts.
This service is FREE to all workers – trade union members, safety reps, workers in non-union workplaces, homeworkers, young workers, the families of workers killed at work – and to community groups facing hazards in the Greater Manchester area, and campaigns locally for better workplace health and safety .
Greater Manchester Hazards Centre is part of a national network of Hazards Centres and other health and safety groups, the Hazards Campaign, which campaigns nationally for safer workplaces. GMHC runs the secretariat for the Hazards Campaign , organises the annual Hazards Conference and resources and promotes International Workers Memorial Day 28 April every year.
GMHC receive fees for specific occupational health and safety work carried out, but we need your support, donations and affiliations to secure the free local services we provide. Your affiliation will help us ensure the Greater Manchester Hazards Centre survives, and to develop our information resources for the benefit of all workers, ex-workers made ill by the work, families of those killed at or by work, and the community generally. You will receive regular updates and a quarterly GMHC Hazardous Times E-Newsletter.
North-West TUC Safety Reps Network
GMHC collaborates with the NWTUC to develop and run the NWTUC Safety Reps Network, to facilitate communication, advice and support between safety reps outside of TUC courses, for several years. Contact us if you are interested.
Asbestos Victims Support Group
GMAVSG operates as a separate charity. It provides confidential, free advice and support to sufferers of asbestos related diseases and their families and can help with:
- Industrial Injury Disablement Benefit
- Government compensation scheme
- Civil compensation claims
- Representation at tribunal appeals
- Completing forms
For further information, please visit www.asbestos-victims-support.org or contact 0161 636 7555 or firstname.lastname@example.org. You can also visit the national Asbestos Victims Support Group Forum: www.asbestosforum.org.uk
FACK: Families Against Corporate Killers
A national group which campaigns to stop workers and others being killed in preventable workplace incidents, provides information, advice and support and can direct bereaved families to sources of legal help and emotional support.
For further information, please visit www.fack.org.uk.
Greater Manchester Hazards Centre is part of a national network called the Hazards Campaign set up in 1988, drawing together Hazards Centres, Occupational Health Advisory Services, safety reps, Trade Unions, specific campaigns, victims support groups and safety activists. Specific campaign groups include the Construction Safety Campaign, FACK, asbestos victims and RSI support groups and Hazards Magazine.
The Hazards Campaign works by sharing information and skills, campaigning on specific issues, acting as a national voice, issuing press releases, holding conferences and meetings, establishing national initiatives, including Workers Memorial Day (link with events page); lobbying MPs, MEPS, the government and statutory bodies like the HSE. The Campaign organises the annual Hazards Conference and holds quarterly meetings, open to anyone sharing the aims of the campaign. Our collective aims are published in the Hazards Campaign Manifesto – ‘Decent Jobs and Decent Lives’ which are our demands on the Government.