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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

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 […]

10th March 2020

Oak Furniture Land Fined £398,000

What’s Happened? The parent company of Oak Furniture land has been ordered to pay £398,000 plus £94,904 in costs after council inspectors discovered uncovered major issues with COSHH management at its Swindon workshop. This is a fairly surprising case for such a high-profile retailer – which shows even big businesses manage to get it wrong! […]

4th March 2020

Coronavirus Guidance Notes

Introduction You will no doubt be aware of the public outbreak of the coronavirus, with the UK risk rating being recently raised from ‘low’ to ‘moderate’. Therefore, we have produced this guidance to provide awareness of the best practice and current government guidance about the virus and its symptoms – including the current situation in […]

20th February 2020

Pancake Day Tips From Lighthouse

It’s that time of year again – Shrove Tuesday. In this blog, we take a light-hearted look at the dangerous art of pancake making. “Flipping pancakes is easy, why do I need to be careful?” I hear you say… but when you’re distracted by delicious warm pancakes, fire safety, burns and scalds may not be at […]

11th February 2020

HSE Targets Metalwork Companies

What’s happening? HSE inspectors will be carrying out an inspection blitz of businesses that undertake metalwork in the first quarter of 2020. The HSE says that its inspectors will be visiting businesses across the UK where welding takes place to check that risks are being appropriately managed. They’re also checking that employers have put in […]


4th February 2020

Coronavirus: Our Top Tips to Protect Travelling Employees

The recent Coronavirus outbreak once again puts public health, and the safety of international travel, in the spotlight. This blog highlights our top tips that organisations can take to manage traveller health, safety and wellbeing: To effectively manage travel risk you need to have robust policies and procedures in place. These should be clearly communicated […]

30th January 2020

Manager Jailed For Faking Risk Assessment Sign Off

What’s Happened? The contracts manager of a roofing firm has recently been jailed for 2 years after forging health and safety documents of a worker who fell to his death. In what is a well-known risk from working on roofs, an employee was working on the roof of an ironmongers in Rochdale which had fragile […]