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fire safety

1st April 2020

Forthcoming Changes to Fire Safety Laws

What’s Happening? The UK government has introduced a new bill to improve fire safety in buildings in England and Wales. The new legislation, if passed, will amend the existing Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005 to place a specific legal duty on residential building owners to inspect external cladding and fire doors within their buildings. The introduction […]

26th March 2020

Recent Update To Customers

As your Health & Safety consultants, we have to operate in the best interests of the people we come into contact with on a day to day basis, and of the employees, we have in our own business. To that end, we propose to postpone all non-essential consultancy visits to our customer premises or construction […]

26th March 2020

New Guidance for Homeworkers

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) has recently issued updated advice on homeworking for employers during the COVID-19 outbreak. Millions of workers have packed up their desks earlier this week after The Government urged people to work from home where possible as part of a range of stringent new measures in a bid to tackle […]

first aid

24th March 2020

Covid-19 First Aid Extension

The Health and Safety Executive and Department for Education have recently released a statement, which extends the validity of various qualifications by 3 months, including Emergency First Aid at Work and First Aid at Work. This allows any qualifications to be postponed until a later date; this also applies to qualifications held by First Aid trainers and IQAs, Please […]

20th March 2020

Update For Customers

At these strange and uncertain times, we’d just like to reach out to all our customers and update you on the position we find ourselves in amid COVID-19, and the ever-changing landscape of guidance. First of all, we’d like to assure you that we are here to continue supporting you with your Health & Safety […]

Employees working at desks in open plan office

17th March 2020

COVID-19 – FAQ’s for Employers

Q: An employee receives a note from 111, a GP or NHS professional requiring them to self-isolate – or has been advised to do so because they have developed a continuous cough or high temperature – what do I pay them? A: In these circumstances, the employee is entitled to SSP because they are advised to remain away from work […]

13th March 2020

Government’s Proposed Next Steps

The Delay phase – next steps If the disease becomes established in the UK, we will need to consider further measures to reduce the rate and extent of its spread. Based on experience with previous outbreaks, it may be that widespread exposure in the UK is inevitable; but slowing it down would still nonetheless be […]

13th March 2020

COVID-19 – Planning at a Glance

Business Continuity: Identify key roles and departments (e.g. finance, IT, reception); Can those roles and departments function if: There is a workplace closure; A key employee is infected? Split up key departments/ create distinct shifts to reduce the risk of spread of infection? Working from Home: Is there the equipment/ infrastructure to work from home? […]