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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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Further fines issued for breaking COVID-19 Secure

The City of London Police have confirmed a further organisation have been fined for ignoring COVID-19 Secure requirements.

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Are the correct controls implemented for rugby players in schools?

With the news that Steve Thompson and seven other professional rugby players are raising the awareness of permanent brain injuries resulting from playing rugby, we find ourselves asking again if rugby should be played in schools?

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Primary Authority and Brexit – Update

The Primary Authority Scheme remains in place and will continue from 1st January 2021 with no immediate legislative changes, following our departure from the EU.

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Winner, winner, no chicken dinner

As we are very aware, large gatherings, be they sporting events, conferences, shows or awards ceremonies, have had to re-think their plans for 2020. Some postponed, some cancelled and other went virtual, using technology to deliver.

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HSE remind businesses on COVID-19 Secure over Christmas

As part of their “Weekly Digest” bulletin this week the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) are reminding companies that as they “get busier in the run-up to the festive period, they must all still have measures in place to protect workers, visitors and customers from the risk of coronavirus (COVID-19).”

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Updated advice on ventilation and air conditioning

With air quality remaining high on the agenda, the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) has further updated its guidance on “Ventilation and air conditioning during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic”.

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Today is International Day of Persons with Disabilities!

The day was originally proclaimed by the United Nations in 1992. The General Assembly’s main objective was to “promote the rights and well-being of persons with disabilities in all spheres of society, also to development and increase awareness of the situation of persons with disabilities in every aspect of political, social, economic and cultural life”.

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Building water management during COVID-19, what is it saying about FM?

From a COVID-19 Secure, as well as with changes to occupancy levels, work activities and use of premises, building environmental performance is in the spotlight.

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