Andrea Oates writes on current affairs from a trade union perspective and specialises in health and safety at work and work-based learning and training. After writing mainly on labour movement and workplace issues for nearly 20 years, more recently she has developed a quite different line of work – camping!
Andrea regularly contributes to the independent research organisation Labour Research Department (LRD) monthly publications Labour Research and Workplace Report. Recent features have examined the debate within the union movement over a third runway at Heathrow airport, the gender pay gap, why trade unions are setting up credit unions and why they are calling for a Robin Hood Tax on financial transactions.
She also writes regional newsletters and case study publications on union-led learning and training for labour movement organisations including the construction workers' union UCATT and the education and skills arm of the TUC, unionlearn.
Her other main area of expertise is health and safety at work and she regularly writes for the safety journals Health and Safety at Work magazine and Health and Safety Bulletin. A recent "day in the life of" feature was based on accompanying officers from the Gangmasters' Licensing Agency (GLA) on a major enforcement operation.
She also contributes to business-to-business publications and online services in this area. These include Tolley's Employment Law, Company Secretary's Service, Tolley's Health and Safety at Work Handbook, Tolley's Employment and Personnel Procedures, the Finance Director's Handbook and the web-based XpertHR.
She is the author of a book on the Corporate Manslaughter and Corporate Homicide Act 2008 – Corporate Manslaughter and Homicide: A guide to compliance. This demonstrates her ability to present complex legal and technical information in an accessible way, as reviews of the book testify:
"It is a legal textbook written so as to be both accessible and useful to non-lawyers. Writing in this way is difficult, and it is to the author's credit that she appears to have succeeded without compromising on accuracy or necessary detail.... While this book will be of assistance to lawyers themselves, it seems also to be an example of a rare species: a legal textbook which can be recommended to clients."
Review by James Chalmers, University of Edinburgh
"This is an exceptional book, and for anyone in the industrial health and safety business, it provides a terrific reference document on all sorts of matters.... it is the quality and comprehensiveness of her research and the worthwhile information she provides within her book that shine through."
Review by John Anderson in Safety & Health Practitioner
On a lighter note she is co-author of the Punk Publishing camping guidebook, Cool Camping: Kids, and writes on camping for a wide range of publications including the Independent, Time Out, Camping Magazine, Go Camping, and Welcome to Yorkshire – the magazine of Yorkshire's tourist information service.