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indoor air quality

Indoor air quality and its role in health: the inside story

Poor indoor air quality in UK homes has significant consequences for health and wellbeing. BRE looks at the issue and what can be done to address it The danger that air pollution poses to our health is considerable. Linked to some 40,000* deaths in the UK alone, it is associated...
UK Construction Week fire prevention workshop

UK Construction Week offers safety courses in light of Grenfell Tower tragedy

UK Construction Week has launched free tailored CPD certified workshops to ensure everyone in the industry is informed and protected in light of the recent tragedy at Grenfell Tower UK Construction Week (UKCW), the leading event for the construction and building sector has taken a positive step forward, following the...
fire safety using smoke detectors

So much more can be done to improve future fire safety

What lessons can be learnt about fire safety following the Grenfell Tower disaster? Association for Project Safety's CEO Lesley McLeod explores Nothing can diminish the sense of horror or shock of the pictures we have seen coming from the Grenfell Tower fire. There are no words to comfort families who...
Untrained and unsupervised scaffolder fall leads to contractor and director being fined

Untrained and unsupervised scaffolder fall leads to contractor and director being fined

A contractor and director has received a fine for failing to supervise and train a scaffolder correctly after he fell from height
Construction fatalities hit record low but mesothelioma deaths increase

Construction fatalities hit record low but mesothelioma deaths increase

Figures from the Health and Safety Executive have revealed the number of construction fatalities in 2016/17 fell but asbestos-related cancers rose
£160,000 fine after roof fall leads to life changing injuries for worker

£160,000 fine after roof fall leads to life changing injuries for worker

A firm has been fined after a worker sustained significant injuries after a fall from a roof onto a concrete floor
Poor lift planning responsible for falling scaffold fittings that injured a building worker

Poor lift planning responsible for falling scaffold fittings that injured a building worker

Injuries caused by falling scaffold fittings could have been avoided through correct risk assessment and lift planning
Construction inspections see a sharp drop in a year, union warns

Construction inspections see a sharp drop in a year, union warns

The number of construction inspections carried out by health and safety inspectors has fallen 14 per cent in a year
Crane collapse at a building site in Crewe leads to two deaths

Crane collapse at a building site in Crewe leads to two deaths

Two men have died after a crane collapsed at a Cheshire building site, while a third man is hospitalised
Sprinkler installation

A competency based qualification for fire sprinkler installation

Unique sprinkler installation course has record number of enrolments in 2017, says Ruth Oliver Skills & Qualifications Adviser to BAFSA
EU building safety regulations for cables

How can the industry maintain compliance amidst changing EU building law?

Koen ter Linde, vice president of Enterprise in Europe, CommScope, addresses safety with new EU building legislation looming and the need for compliance
asbestos exposure in soil

Asbestos exposure on brownfield sites: time to reduce the risk

More awareness needs to be raised about the hazards associated with asbestos exposure in soil on developed land says Neil Munro
Ian Gurling: qualifications in fire detection

FIA qualifications in fire detection will strengthen the sector

Awarding Organisation Manager Ian Gurling tells PBC Today what the FIA's four new qualifications in fire detection entail and why they are necessary
Fall from height caused by a lack of health and safety measures

Fall from height caused by a lack of health and safety measures

A firm has been fined for failing to enact correct health and safety protocols after a worker was injured following a fall from height