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What do I need to know about electromagnetic fields (EMF) in the workplace?

Over recent decades the general public has become increasingly aware of the potential adverse health effects of exposure to electric and magnetic fields at extremely low frequencies (ELF). Electromagnetic fields consist of electric (E) and magnetic (H) waves travelling together at the speed of light. ELF fields are those defined as having frequencies of up to 300Hz.

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What is important about the Equality Act and Access Audits in the workplace?

The Equality Bill received Royal Assent in April 2010. The Equality Act 2010 brings together 116 different pieces of equality law, providing a single legal framework through which inequality and discrimination can be challenged. It covers ‘protected characteristics’ of race, disability, gender, age, sexual orientation, gender reassignment and religion or belief.

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How do I carry out a fire evacuation drill?

If you are the responsible person and know that your fire evacuation drill is coming around again, it is worthwhile taking some time out to evaluate the objectives of the fire evacuation drill. Often your employees and customers, whether business units, tenants or both, will see a fire evacuation drill as an inconvenient interruption, therefore planning each event well in advance is very important. 

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What is the legal requirement for fire risk assessments?

The Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order (RR(FS)O) came into force in England and Wales on 1 October 2006.  This also saw the repeal of many previous pieces of legislation, including the Fire Precautions Act 1971 and the need for fire certificates. Part 1 of the RR(FS)O identifies general duties, including that of the "responsible person", "general fire practices" and premises which it is applicable to. Part 2, articles 8-22, covers in detail the on-going requirements, including specifically in article 9 the need to carry out a risk assessment.

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F-Gas (HFCs refrigeration and air conditioning)

Fluorinated greenhouse gases (F gases) can significantly contribute to global warming if released into the atmosphere. Hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs), Perfluorocarbons (PFCs) and Sulphur Hexafluoride (SF6) are all types of F gas. The effect of these gases on our atmosphere, when released, is far greater than Carbon dioxide.

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What are the legislative requirements for food safety?

The costs associated with poor food safety are both financial and social, and can affect both employers and employees. You can measure the performance of your catering operation by carrying out an audit of the documentation, practices and procedures which occur during the delivery, storage, preparation, cooking, cooling and serving of hot and cold food.

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