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Thomas Ashton Institute

Social change and inequality

How changes in the way society works will impact health and safety.

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It includes understanding how new models of employment and changes in employment practice can create or mitigate health and safety risks, and the opportunities to improve this. It will consider the regulations that are imposed to control this, their success and their need for constant refreshment. It also includes the impact of an ageing workforce, especially in relation to rapid technological change.

It is especially concerned with the interfaces between people and machinery (plant or cyber). It allows research which analyses the process of change but also maps benefits from a resilient future workplace.

It links with The University of Manchester's leading expertise in ageing, as well as in the social sciences; and with HSE’s science programme on demographics.

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