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Tall buildings and cranes

TALL CRANES AND LOW FLYING OBJECTS

October 5, 2020

Any tall object, such as a tall building or a crane can pose a hazard to aviation especially when close to an airport or aerodrome or on a flight path. In order to minimise the risk, regulations require particular hazards to be notified ...

Smoke alarms on boats

SMOKE ALARMS FOR BOATS

October 5, 2020

The Fire Industries Association (FIA) has published a brief guidance document on the fitting of smoke alarms on boats. This guide is aimed at for boats up to 24 metres used for leisure, hire or residential purposes and covers such issues...

Working on a roof

REVISED GUIDANCE FOR WORKING ON ROOFS

October 5, 2020

Falls from height are a frequent cause of death and serious injury. Working on roofs presents a number of risks including falls from unprotected edges and falls through fragile materials. These risks don’t just affect construction work...

car parking

PAVEMENT PARKING BAN CONSULTATION

October 5, 2020

Parking on pavements can cause real problems for pedestrians, especially for wheelchair users, people with visual impairments and those with prams or buggies. However in many narrow streets pavement parking is necessary to maintain free-...

Building fire

NEW FIRE SAFETY GUIDANCE FOR HOLES IN WALLS etc

October 5, 2020

Walls, floors and ceilings play an important role in containing and slowing the spread of fire in buildings and are an important factor in managing risk and allowing people to escape safely in an emergency. The compartmentation of buildi...

vulnerable road users

HIGHWAY CODE CONSULTATION LAUNCHED

October 5, 2020

The Department for Transport has launched a consultation on proposed changes to the Highway Code which are intended to make roads safer for pedestrians, cyclists, horse riders and other vulnerable users. The main changes that are being p...

Hand arm vibration

HAND ARM VIBRATION: AN INSPECTOR CALLS

October 5, 2020

Power tools and work processes are a common source of exposure to hand arm vibration in many industries. Regular and prolonged exposure can lead to long term serious disabling health effects for exposed individuals. Conditions include ha...

High rise building

FIRE SAFETY CONSULTATION LAUNCHED

October 5, 2020

In July the Government launched a consultation on proposals to enhance the Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005 and implement recommendations from the Grenfell Tower Inquiry Phase 1 Report. The Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order...

House building site

DRAFT BUILDING SAFETY BILL PUBLISHED

October 5, 2020

The Government published a draft Building Safety Bill on 20th July. This is a large and complex document and has been published as a draft in order to allow initial scrutiny before it is introduced to Parliament. The Bill creates a new B...

Lorry drivers rules

CHANGES TO DRIVERS’ HOURS AND TACHOGRAPH RULES

October 5, 2020

Some changes to the EU drivers’ hours and tachographs rules came into force on 20th August 2020. These changes include: • a requirement for drivers to ‘return home’ every 4 weeks, that is to their base or country of residence •...

lorry tyre

TYRED OUT

August 3, 2020

The department for Transport has announced that it will soon be made illegal to fit tyres aged 10 years or older to the front wheels of lorries, buses and coaches and to any wheels of minibuses. Legislation is expected in the autumn. Leg...

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