Our independent guides cover key areas of health, safety and environmental legislation and duties.

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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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What do I need to know about fire safety management systems?

The Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005 (RRFSO) imposes extensive duties which can only be effectively achieved by means of a comprehensive fire safety management system. This should include arrangements for planning, organising, control, monitoring and review of your fire systems in place.

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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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What are food allergies and intolerances?

A food allergy occurs because there is an immune response to specific foods. This response is activated because the immune system mistakes the protein in the food as a threat. Symptoms of an allergic reaction can vary from mild to severe and include swelling of the face, vomiting and itching. 

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What do I need to know about Formaldehyde?

Formaldehyde is a colourless, strong smelling gas. It is widely used in the manufacture of building materials and numerous household products. There are two types of formaldehyde resin; urea formaldehyde (UF) and phenol formaldehyde (PF). Products made from both types release formaldehyde gas, the urea formaldehyde generally emitting higher levels.

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