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Construction company fined for safety risks

A construction company and project manager based in London have been fined for repeatedly failing to manage and regulate multiple risks
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Do we need to retrofit fire sprinkler systems in social housing?

Following the Grenfell Tower disaster, there have been widespread calls to retrofit fire sprinkler systems in social housing. BAFSA supports this principle – but Chief Executive Keith MacGillivray cautions against a rush to install systems that do not meet British Standards
asbestos in schools

Asbestos in schools: Managing the risks effectively

Charles Pickles, Chief Technical Officer of Lucion Services, discusses how asbestos in schools can be managed safely
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Pallet Trucks UK urges firms to consider forklift driver safety

Pallet Trucks UK has urged firms using forklifts to guarantee the safety of their workers, after two businesses were fined for the deaths of their employees
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New guidance for safe and effective gaseous fixed fire-fighting systems

FIA WG Gases Alan Elder and Robert Thilthorpe talk to PBC Today about the FIA new guidance document, Pipework for Gaseous Fixed Fire-Fighting Systems
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Electrical safety checks in the wake of Grenfell

Phil Buckle, Chief Executive of Electrical Safety First, explains how the Grenfell Tower tragedy is a wake-up call for electrical safety checks and building regulations
dangers of asbestos

The dangers of asbestos

Once a commonly used building material, the dangers of asbestos are not to be underestimated, says Neil Munro of Acorn Analytical Services
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Asbestos in schools – new campaign launched by Lucion

The Asbestos in Schools initiative and Lucion's new White Paper, sets out the case for using high powered Scanning Electron Microscopy (SEM).
Asbestos the Truth

Asbestos the Truth – are we managing the risk?

The Asbestos the Truth conference will examine current techniques for air sampling and monitoring in the UK and ask if we are managing the risk
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The benefits of controlling humidity levels within the workplace

BSRIA’s Asset Performance Team Leader, Blanca Beato-Arribas, highlights the role that humidity plays in assuring the well-being of building occupants
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...
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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