Good employers may have international health and safety policies but employment legislation seldom applies outside the UK. Leaving it to staff "to look after themselves when they are out there", as Patricia Holgate suggests, may, however, be less of an option for employers when the 1998 Public Interest Disclosure Act comes into force. The new Act protects employees who raise concerns about a range of issues at work, including danger to health and safety. It will apply to anyone on a British employment contract, whether they work in Chelmsford or Chechnya.
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