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Managing your waste during the COVID-19 pandemic

Most of us have now been in some form of lockdown for several weeks now and hopefully adjusted to what we can and cannot do and the services available to us. One such service we haven’t been able to access, in most cases, is local municipal recycling centres (or “The Tip” for those who want to go old school).

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HSE issue further “COVID-secure” guidance

Two new documents have been published by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) to “help work safely (be COVID-secure) and manage the risk associated with running your business at this time.”

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HSE release Coronavirus update - air conditioning

On Friday 22nd May 2020 the Health and Safety Executive released an update on air conditioning and Coronavirus. This stated, “the risk of air conditioning spreading coronavirus is extremely low”, and went on to say...

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Legionella: The forgotten threat

With the global focus currently on COVID-19, it is not surprising that the underlying threat of Legionnaires’ disease may have been put into the background by some. But health and safety laws still apply, and duty-holders still must demonstrate a control of risk.

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Managing noise at home - is your headphone volume too loud?

With the new challenges that the COVID-19 lockdown is throwing at everyone, managing noise levels is becoming more important than ever. With a large number of the population increasing their average use of headphones due to video conferencing, online gaming or streaming music, to name a few examples - are you safely managing your own personal noise exposure?

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Indoor air quality advice for home workers

When thinking of the importance of indoor air quality in workplaces, it brings connotations of high-rise buildings, office blocks, industrial parks and all manner of other built environments and activities. I think it would be safe to say that those who immediately pictured their own home would be in the minority.

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How important is Legionella awareness training currently?

In the Control of Substances Hazardous to Health (COSHH) Regulations 2002, regulation 12 states, Every employer who undertakes work which is liable to expose an employee to a substance hazardous to health shall provide that employee with suitable and sufficient information, instruction and training.’

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Minimising COVID-19 cross-contamination, whilst maintaining fire safety standards

There will be a need to reduce unnecessary touch points during the re-mobilisation of offices once occupancy is re-introduced, however measures introduced should avoid compromising fire safety measures already in place.

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As the saying goes “A dog is for life, not just for Coronavirus”

Not just for CHRISTMAS, I knew it was something like that. The message from the Kennel Club has been clear during this period of lockdown, that this is not a time to impulse buy pets without careful consideration to life after lockdown, and whether the care for that pet would be compromised. 

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Why you may be finding video calls so tiring

Video calls have proven to be an invaluable tool since the Covid-19 pandemic hit, enabling us to connect with colleagues, customers, friends, family and loved ones in a convenient and effective way, filling that void of lost interactions.

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Preparing to remobilise your building(s) after the lockdown for air and water systems – planning is key

As hopefully current reductions in sad deaths, COVID-19 cases, hospitalisations and ICU dependencies continue, we should soon start to see a gradual return to some form of the “new normal”. This means we will also need to “restart” our building and building operations

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One person’s waste is another person’s treasure?

Scientists working for Eau de Paris have spent the last month getting their hands dirty at sewage treatment plants around the French capital. Their work aims to detect concentrations of COVID-19 in wastewater, this is not new research, many research teams around the globe have been testing wastewater for novel coronavirus since outbreaks began.

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