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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 do I need to know about the Equality Act and Access Audits?

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 drill. The guidance states that fire drills should be carried out at least annually to make sure that all occupants are aware of building evacuation procedures. However, should you have staff within the building working of a night or different shift patterns, you will need to carry out more frequent fire drills to make sure that all shift patterns are covered at least annually.

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Fire Strategy - what is it and do I need one?

After the devastating Grenfell fire disaster on 14th June 2017 and the on-going enquiry, it has become apparent that some of the UK building stock is below standard. The level of documentation now being reviewed by enforcement bodies during inspections or investigations, should anything go wrong, has increased, and evolved from this enquiry.

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What fire training is needed for my staff?

Effective management alongside appropriate staff training is fundamental in fire safety. The responsible person’s duty is to make sure that a suitable and sufficient fire risk assessment is implemented, and that there are adequate fire safety measures in place. This can only be achieved by making sure those with fire safety responsibilities have the required knowledge, training, and experience. 

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What do I need to know about fire safety legislation?

If you own, manage, or operate an organisation, you need to comply with fire safety law. The Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order (RRFSO) 2005 came into force on 1st October 2006 and is the main law in England and Wales relating to management of fire safety.

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