Back to School
2nd March 2021
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.Read more
New Chief Inspector of Buildings appointed by HSE
23rd February 2021
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).Read more
A workplace is not to be feared, we just need to manage it effectively
11th February 2021
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.Read more
Should I isolate the incoming water supply to my building during the COVID-19 pandemic?
1st February 2021
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.Read more
Can my office stay open during the January 2021 lockdown?
12th January 2021
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'.Read more
The importance of an effective Legionella Risk Assessment
8th January 2021
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.”Read more
New Code of Practice for Fire Risk Assessments: PAS 79-1:2020 and PAS 79-2:2020
8th January 2021
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.Read more
What common sense? - Health and safety education is still as important as ever!
7th January 2021
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.Read more
Thinking of a New Year’s Resolution? How about ‘being kind’…
6th January 2021
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.Read more
Happy New Year - old acquaintance must not be forgot?
5th January 2021
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.Read more