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Reopening your food business during the COVID-19 pandemic

Under the Government’s roadmap to easing lockdown restrictions, from the 12th April 2021 hospitality venues such as pubs and restaurants can serve customers outdoors. This can include shelters, marquees and other structures with a roof providing that at least 50% of the area of their walls are always open, whilst in use.

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COSHH! Our Transition from the EU is going WEL…

Issued today (25th March 2021) the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) have announced information on setting workplace exposure limits (WELs) in Great Britain (GB) following the end of the EU Transition Period.

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ABI (The Association of British Insurers) extend home insurance enhanced help and support

The Association of British Insurers (ABI) have again extended the “enhanced help and support to all their customers who may be affected by the impact of Coronavirus (COVID-19)”.

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Perissology – H&S policies conveying the right message

Listening to a Radio 4 podcast this weekend I came across a new word for me – perissology. How exciting, that’s the word I need to highlight why people need to simplify their health and safety policies. Then on second thoughts, perhaps not.

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Back to School

Like many parents, I am pleased that my children will be returning to school, yet apprehensive about their, and consequently our family’s exposure to such a high volume of others in a restricted space. I imagine that this is typical of parents across the country.  

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New Chief Inspector of Buildings appointed by HSE

As a consequence of the 2017 Grenfell Tower disaster and recommendations in the ‘Building a Safer Future’ report produced by Dame Judith Hackitt, the government requested the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) to establish a new Building Safety Regulator (BSR).

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A workplace is not to be feared, we just need to manage it effectively

As we move further into 2021, lockdown 3.0 has brought new concerns to our society - rising death rates, new variants, suicide, mental health incidents increasing, job losses mounting, NHS under pressure - the list goes on.

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HSE launch new App

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) have just launched the “official HSE health and safety mobile app.”

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Is the office really a hotbed for COVID-19?

Recent reports in the press have identified “offices” as a current focus for COVID-19 outbreaks. With statistics obtained via a Freedom of Information request, a recent BBC article reported…

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Should I isolate the incoming water supply to my building during the COVID-19 pandemic?

To reduce water consumption as well as maintenance costs and time, it may be tempting to consider isolating the incoming water supply to your building during the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Can my office stay open during the January 2021 lockdown?

Following the Government's announcement on Monday 4th January 2021, we have all again been asked to work from home. Where people cannot work from home they should continue to travel to their workplace'.

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The importance of an effective Legionella Risk Assessment

Whilst the country and rest of the world battles with getting the now familiar Coronavirus under control, authorities in several Portuguese counties were also dealing with an outbreak of Legionnaires’ disease, first identified in October 2020. According to Portugal Resident News, “88 people had been diagnosed since the end of October, with 10 reported deaths following complications from the disease.”

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