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Warehouse

WHICH INSPECTOR IS CALLING?

November 19, 2020

The HSE are making a particular effort to carry out as many spot checks and inspections as possible during the Coronavirus pandemic with a particular focus on making sure that workplaces are Covid-secure. In order to do this they have an...

Welding Fume

GAS DETECTOR SAFETY ALERT

November 19, 2020

Sampling tubes are sometimes used to extend the reach of gas detection devices and/or to allow detection at an increased distance from the user. Following a recent incident where a gas detector failed to detect the presence of a flammabl...

CHEMICALS AND NORTHERN IRELAND POST BREXIT

November 19, 2020

The Northern Ireland Protocol was introduced as part of the Withdrawal Agreement between the UK and the EU, to avoiding a hard border on the island of Ireland, whilst ensuring that the UK, including Northern Ireland, could leave the EU a...

Stress

TALKING ABOUT STRESS IN THE CONSTRUCTION SECTOR

November 9, 2020

In normal years it is estimated that around 600,00 workers suffer from work-related stress, depression or anxiety (new or longstanding) and over 12 million working days are lost to these causes. With added anxiety caused by Coronavirus, ...

Alarm

SOUNDING THE LOCKDOWN ALARM (NOT COVID-19)

November 9, 2020

For clarity we will start with a quick note that this is not another article about Coronavirus. It is common for properties to be fitted with fire alarm systems to alert people to a fire and to inform them to evacuate the building. There...

lorry tyre

FEBRUARY DEADLINE ANNOUNCED FOR OLD TYRES

November 9, 2020

We have previously reported on Government plans to improve road safety by making it illegal to fit tyres aged 10 years or older to the front wheels of lorries, buses and coaches and to any wheels of minibuses. The Government recently ann...

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...

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