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Keeping your building, coronavirus safe, as well as safe

“COVID-19 secure” and “COVID risk assessments” are two of the most popular phrases in the facilities/health and safety lexicon currently, and for obvious and pressing reasons as we start or continue – depending on where your organisation is – to remobilise.

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Tenants returning to the office – new times, new considerations and old risks?’

As we are seeing increasing numbers of organisations go back to work, so also increasing for us is the numbers of questions and queries we are receiving from tenants as they return to their workplace, now little or unused for possibly four months.

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Call for compulsory ‘Changing Places’ washrooms from 2021

The Government has called for Changing Places washrooms to be compulsory in all new buildings from 2021, with the backing of £30 million to help install these facilities in existing buildings.

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Air conditioning, aerosols and COVID-19

As with any respiratory disease, air quality inevitably becomes a consideration, the transmission of COVID-19 is no different.

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“Working at home remains a perfectly good option…”

…said Patrick Vallance the Chief Scientific Officer to the Commons Science and Technology Committee this week. It is however becoming increasingly confusing to understand and interpret the information we are provided with. Lockdown in March 2020 was simple, starting up again is certainly less easy.

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Face coverings - the good and the bad

So, after various countries around the world had already imposed the rule, including our Scottish neighbours, we are all going to need to wear face masks in enclosed public spaces such as shops from next Friday 24th July 2020.

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Health and safety - fatal injuries at work at a record low

Figures just published by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) identify “111 Workers killed in 2019/20 (RIDDOR)”. Accepting it is still 111 people too many, compared to 147 fatalities in 2018/19 and 179 in 2008/09 it is a significant and welcome decrease in the number of avoidable deaths.

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COVID-19 - balancing workplace risk against the benefit

“But ‘so and so’ has got one...” This phrase will be familiar to parents as their children try to justify the need for them either to spend money or relax control. It is designed to make us feel guilty that in not doing the same as ‘everyone else’, we are doing something wrong (and in the case of my daughter, purposely ruining her life!).

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Hot tubs and Legionnaires’ disease, do you know the risk?

Hot tubs are becoming a more popular feature in gardens in the UK, especially during the lockdown, and unwittingly are people aware of the dangerous they can pose?

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What’s your view on workplace sustainability?

It is that time of year again and the IWFM ‘Sustainability in FM survey’ is now live. Having been part of the survey team for a decade, it is also something I am heavily invested in.

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Getting phased with returning to work during the COVID-19 pandemic?

As we have continued to re-mobilise back into our workplaces, the discussions, questions being asked, and information being sought by customers is dividing them into three relatively discrete groups:

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Should we be using hot, warm or cold water to wash your hands?

One question we have been asked by a number of customers though is whether hot, cold or warm water is best for washing hands and what are the requirements around it?

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