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THE WHITE PAPER Brexit: Global Consequences for Workplace Health and Safety? Eugene M. White, Ph.D., M.S., CMFS I 'm not an etymologist, but I do have a particular fascination with the rapidity at which new words are entering into our global lexicon. For example, the seemingly improbable happened not long ago, when the citizens of the United Kingdom (U.K.) held an election on June 23, 2016, that had an interesting outcome - Great Britain voted to leave the European Union (EU). "Brexit" - shorthand for Britain's exit from the EU - became official and viral overnight, and it promises to have reciprocal influences for the United States, the U.K. and all of Europe. The United States is the largest investor in Great Britain (more than $588 billion) and U.S. companies employ over a million people connected with British businesses.1,2 Since the support of workplace health and safety (H&S) is commonly predicated on perceived stability in governmental and fiscal systems, there's a lot of speculation as to what effects Brexit will have on H&S inside and outside Europe. Brexit History in Brief 3 In 1951, six nations (Belgium, France, Germany, Italy, Luxembourg and the Netherlands), joined to form a duty-free trade area called the European Coal and Steel Community (ECSC) as a means to improve their respective economies that suffered from the ravages of World War II. Subsequently, the Treaty of Rome changed the ECSC to the European Economic Community (EEC) (or Common Market), which eventually became the EU as we know it today. Initially, Great Britain's application to join the EU was rejected twice (1963 and 1967) because of vetoes by France's President Gen. Charles de Gaulle. However, in 1973 (three years after de Gaulle's death), Great Britain was finally accepted into the EU. However, after more than four decades as an important EU member, various British political factions began to debate the pros and cons of EU membership, a referendum was held and those in favor of Brexit prevailed. Brexit Health and Safety Connection Like many of you, I have friends and colleagues in Great Britain and, in order to get a better perspective and understanding of Brexit from the source country, I contacted some of them who are H&S scientists, administrators and industry consultants. One thing I immediately discerned from talking with them was the relative surprise and shock the passage of Brexit invoked among the British populace, because even those who were in favor of the exit measure didn't think it had a chance to pass. Presently, there appears to be a collective "waiting to exhale" mentality in Britain, since the timeline for how Brexit will be managed, after approximately two years, will bring a certain amount of uncertainty to all sectors of British society. Universally, H&S activities tend to be soft targets during lean or uncertain times, and no one I talked with about Brexit was very optimistic about grants for research or other financial support for ongoing H&S programs. In a sense, Brexit looms over Great Britain and the rest of Europe like the impenetrable murkiness of a London fog. Understandably, there is much discussion among H&S professionals on the Internet and various forums. Here are just a few examples: * It is "highly likely" that the U.K. will have less influence in the development of further H&S laws post-Brexit up to the time it officially exits the EU.4 * Post-Brexit, the U.K. now has less influence over EU law. "Now (that) we're exiting, it's vital the U.K. continues to apply our successful risk-based health and safety system, which includes laws from EU directives, because it's been found to be fit for purpose by several independent reviews and is respected and imitated across the world," said Richard Jones, head of policy and public affairs at Institution of Occupational Safety and Health.5 Vol. 66 No. 9 * 40 * September 2016 Compoundings

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of ILMA Compoundings September 2016

FROM THE CEO
BOARD BRIEF
NOTES FROM MSCI
THE HEART OF ILMA
THE ARGUS ANALYSIS
VOICES & VIEWS
INTERNATIONAL INSIGHT
SPEAKER SPOTLIGHT
FAMILY BUSINESS
FINANCIAL FREEDOM
RULES & REGS
POWER PLAY
LEGAL EASE
THE WHITE PAPER
ADVERTISERS INDEX
ILMA Compoundings September 2016 - 1
ILMA Compoundings September 2016 - 2
ILMA Compoundings September 2016 - 3
ILMA Compoundings September 2016 - 4
ILMA Compoundings September 2016 - FROM THE CEO
ILMA Compoundings September 2016 - 6
ILMA Compoundings September 2016 - 7
ILMA Compoundings September 2016 - 8
ILMA Compoundings September 2016 - BOARD BRIEF
ILMA Compoundings September 2016 - 10
ILMA Compoundings September 2016 - 11
ILMA Compoundings September 2016 - 12
ILMA Compoundings September 2016 - NOTES FROM MSCI
ILMA Compoundings September 2016 - 14
ILMA Compoundings September 2016 - THE HEART OF ILMA
ILMA Compoundings September 2016 - 16
ILMA Compoundings September 2016 - 17
ILMA Compoundings September 2016 - 18
ILMA Compoundings September 2016 - 19
ILMA Compoundings September 2016 - 20
ILMA Compoundings September 2016 - THE ARGUS ANALYSIS
ILMA Compoundings September 2016 - 22
ILMA Compoundings September 2016 - 23
ILMA Compoundings September 2016 - VOICES & VIEWS
ILMA Compoundings September 2016 - 25
ILMA Compoundings September 2016 - INTERNATIONAL INSIGHT
ILMA Compoundings September 2016 - 27
ILMA Compoundings September 2016 - SPEAKER SPOTLIGHT
ILMA Compoundings September 2016 - 29
ILMA Compoundings September 2016 - FAMILY BUSINESS
ILMA Compoundings September 2016 - 31
ILMA Compoundings September 2016 - FINANCIAL FREEDOM
ILMA Compoundings September 2016 - 33
ILMA Compoundings September 2016 - RULES & REGS
ILMA Compoundings September 2016 - 35
ILMA Compoundings September 2016 - POWER PLAY
ILMA Compoundings September 2016 - 37
ILMA Compoundings September 2016 - LEGAL EASE
ILMA Compoundings September 2016 - 39
ILMA Compoundings September 2016 - THE WHITE PAPER
ILMA Compoundings September 2016 - 41
ILMA Compoundings September 2016 - ADVERTISERS INDEX
ILMA Compoundings September 2016 - 43
ILMA Compoundings September 2016 - 44
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