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Back to School

Like many parents, I am pleased that my children will be returning to school, yet apprehensive about their, and consequently our family’s exposure to such a high volume of others in a restricted space. I imagine that this is typical of parents across the country.  

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New Chief Inspector of Buildings appointed by HSE

As a consequence of the 2017 Grenfell Tower disaster and recommendations in the ‘Building a Safer Future’ report produced by Dame Judith Hackitt, the government requested the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) to establish a new Building Safety Regulator (BSR).

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A workplace is not to be feared, we just need to manage it effectively

As we move further into 2021, lockdown 3.0 has brought new concerns to our society - rising death rates, new variants, suicide, mental health incidents increasing, job losses mounting, NHS under pressure - the list goes on.

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HSE launch new App

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) have just launched the “official HSE health and safety mobile app.”

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Is the office really a hotbed for COVID-19?

Recent reports in the press have identified “offices” as a current focus for COVID-19 outbreaks. With statistics obtained via a Freedom of Information request, a recent BBC article reported…

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Should I isolate the incoming water supply to my building during the COVID-19 pandemic?

To reduce water consumption as well as maintenance costs and time, it may be tempting to consider isolating the incoming water supply to your building during the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Can my office stay open during the January 2021 lockdown?

Following the Government's announcement on Monday 4th January 2021, we have all again been asked to work from home. Where people cannot work from home they should continue to travel to their workplace'.

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The importance of an effective Legionella Risk Assessment

Whilst the country and rest of the world battles with getting the now familiar Coronavirus under control, authorities in several Portuguese counties were also dealing with an outbreak of Legionnaires’ disease, first identified in October 2020. According to Portugal Resident News, “88 people had been diagnosed since the end of October, with 10 reported deaths following complications from the disease.”

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New Code of Practice for Fire Risk Assessments: PAS 79-1:2020 and PAS 79-2:2020

PAS 79:2012 provided generic fire risk assessment guidance and was used by many fire safety professionals as a template to carry out both simple and complex fire risk assessments. However, since the Grenfell Tower disaster, professionals within the housing sector were particularly keen to see more housing-specific fire safety recommendations being developed.

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What common sense? - Health and safety education is still as important as ever!

With many customers having put planned projects on hold, I didn’t have much involvement in CDM matters in 2020 during my day to day work. So, whilst perhaps not the best timing with everyone at home, our long-planned extension commenced this week giving me the opportunity to view health and safety in construction from the relative comfort of my temporary working post.

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Thinking of a New Year’s Resolution? How about ‘being kind’…

With the start of a New Year, we hit another January, with going into lockdown and credit card bills arriving, I feel that now it’s especially important to focus on mental health.

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Happy New Year - old acquaintance must not be forgot?

Happy New Year to you all, although welcoming in another lockdown and new set of restrictions may not have been what some had envisioned for the start of 2021.

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