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COVID-19 - balancing workplace risk against the benefit

“But ‘so and so’ has got one...” This phrase will be familiar to parents as their children try to justify the need for them either to spend money or relax control. It is designed to make us feel guilty that in not doing the same as ‘everyone else’, we are doing something wrong (and in the case of my daughter, purposely ruining her life!).

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Hot tubs and Legionnaires’ disease, do you know the risk?

Hot tubs are becoming a more popular feature in gardens in the UK, especially during the lockdown, and unwittingly are people aware of the dangerous they can pose?

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What’s your view on workplace sustainability?

It is that time of year again and the IWFM ‘Sustainability in FM survey’ is now live. Having been part of the survey team for a decade, it is also something I am heavily invested in.

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Getting phased with returning to work during the COVID-19 pandemic?

As we have continued to re-mobilise back into our workplaces, the discussions, questions being asked, and information being sought by customers is dividing them into three relatively discrete groups:

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Should we be using hot, warm or cold water to wash your hands?

One question we have been asked by a number of customers though is whether hot, cold or warm water is best for washing hands and what are the requirements around it?

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Keeping COVID-19 Secure current

It is a little over a month since the “COVID-19 Secure” strategy was introduced in England. Designed to help keep workplaces safe during the outbreak, it’s focus is on managing the risk associated with organisations re-starting/running during the outbreak.

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Legionella risk, buildings and COVID-19 – The workplace management professionals are already on it!

It cannot have escaped many people, and certainly not those responsible for managing buildings, that the return to work “Legionella risk” message has been very prevalent recently.

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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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