SMOKE AND CARBON MONOXIDE ALARMS FOR RENTED PROPERTIES IN WALES

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Coming into effect from 15th July 2022 the Renting Homes (Wales) Act 2016 and The Renting Homes (Fitness for Human Habitation) (Wales) Regulations 2022 set out requirements that landlords must meet in order for a property to be considered fit for human habitation. One key requirement is for a smoke alarm to be fitted on each storey of the dwelling which … Read More

ROAD SAFETY WEEK 2022

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Road safety week is an annual road safety event organised by the road safety charity Brake. Brake has now announced that this year’s event will run from 14th to 20th November and will be themed around the concept of “Safe Roads For All”. The campaign will aim to raise awareness of key areas of road safety, including safe vehicles and … Read More

KEEPING SAFE IN THE SUN AND HEAT

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The great British summer is fast approaching and temperatures are set to rise, while this may be good news for those looking forward to relaxing in the shade with a cool drink, it can cause problems for those busy at work. Working outdoors during the summer months can be harmful to your skin and long-term health. Ultraviolet (UV) rays from … Read More

HSE LAUNCH THEIR STRATEGY FOR THE NEXT TEN YEARS

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The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) recently published their strategy for the next 10 years setting out their mission, vision, values, strategic objectives and themes. Bearing in mind the fundamental purpose of the HSE the strategy is largely what you would expect from such an organisation and includes commitments to: “Maintain Great Britain’s record as one of the safest countries … Read More

UPDATED GUIDANCE FOR NEW AND EXPECTANT MOTHERS AT WORK

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The HSE recently announced a change to their guidance for employers who are notified by a worker that they are either pregnant, have given birth in the last 6 months or that they are currently breastfeeding. All employers have legal duties to put in place arrangements to control risk to the health and safety of their employees and others who … Read More

TRAILER SAFETY ACCREDITATION SCHEME

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The Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency (DVSA) has launched a new trailer safety accreditation scheme. Under the scheme, DVSA are recognising expert organisations who will approve individual trainers to provide courses following learning to drive a car and trailer syllabus developed by DVSA and industry experts. It is understood that a variety of courses will be available covering large and … Read More

NEW GUIDANCE FOR PASSIVE FIRE PROTECTION

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Passive fire protection is those parts of a building or structure that slow the spread of fire or smoke such as fire-resistant glazing, firewalls and doors. As building technology develops so too does the range of materials and systems that can be used. The Association for Specialist Fire Protection (ASFP) have recently published three new guidance documents concerning the following … Read More

HSE ANNOUNCE CONSTRUCTION SITE INSPECTION CAMPAIGN

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The HSE have announced that from Monday 6th June to Friday 1st July 2022 they will be running a construction site inspection campaign focusing on the health risks of construction dust. The main dust-related diseases affecting construction workers include lung cancer, silicosis, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD)and asthma. While some lung diseases, like advanced silicosis or asthma, can come on … Read More

DRUG DRIVERS TO BE REQUIRED TO COMPLETE REHABILITATION COURSES

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In a recent statement the Department for Transport launched a call for evidence on proposals to require drivers convicted of drug driving to complete a rehabilitation course before being allowed back behind the wheel. Traditionally it has been illegal to drive a motor vehicle in a public place while unfit through drink or drugs. Specific limits have been in place … Read More

HGV AND PSV MAINTENANCE AND OPERATION

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The Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency (DVSA) carry out maintenance investigations of vehicle operator licence holders in England, Wales and Scotland in order to check if the operator has suitable systems, facilities and arrangements in place to maintain their vehicles. Following an investigation the operator will receive a report which says whether their systems and facilities are satisfactory, mostly satisfactory … Read More