Net gains for sustainability and fire safety - living walls

In recent years, fire safety and sustainability have been two of the topics high on the corporate agenda. As a result, many building/facilities managers have been striving to achieve both goals simultaneously, by keeping their occupants safe from fire and reducing their building’s impact on the environment.

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Recent prosecution, a timely reminder of responsibilities?

On the 24th June 2024, at Swindon Magistrates’ Court, Wilts & Berks Canal Trust pleaded guilty to breaching Section 3(1) of the Health and Safety at Work etc. Act 1974 and fined £30,000 with £10,822.

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A response update from the London Fire Brigade

From 1st October 2024, the London Fire Brigade will no longer immediately respond to automatic fire alarms in most non-residential buildings, including offices and industrial estates, between 07:00 and 20:30, unless a fire is confirmed by a call from an individual.

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The need for good structural safety…

As reported last month by the BBC, “A derelict building has partially collapsed in the centre of Leeds. Emergency services were called to Kirkgate, near to the junction with Harper Street, shortly after 16:00 BST on Friday (12th April 2024), West Yorkshire Police said.”

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HSE release podcast on managing asbestos

As part of the Health and Safety Executive’s (HSE) continuing drive to increase awareness of the hazards posed by asbestos in the workplace, they’ve recently released a podcast that forms part of their ‘Asbestos – Your duty’ campaign.

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Are we ready for climate change?

On Tuesday 14th May 2024, the Environmental Audit Committee (EAC) explored the link between climate change and security, with oral evidence provided as part of a new inquiry.

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No falls week

This week, 13-17 May 2024, sees a new initiative from the No Falls Foundation (a charity focused on work at height sector) designed to bring work at height into greater focus.

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Deaf Awareness Week 2024

The beginning of May raises awareness around hearing loss, which is one of the many hidden disabilities that 1 in 5 adults in the UK experience (information source: RNID).

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