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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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New Code of Practice for Fire Risk Assessments: PAS 79-1:2020 and PAS 79-2:2020

PAS 79:2012 provided generic fire risk assessment guidance and was used by many fire safety professionals as a template to carry out both simple and complex fire risk assessments. However, since the Grenfell Tower disaster, professionals within the housing sector were particularly keen to see more housing-specific fire safety recommendations being developed.

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What common sense? - Health and safety education is still as important as ever!

With many customers having put planned projects on hold, I didn’t have much involvement in CDM matters in 2020 during my day to day work. So, whilst perhaps not the best timing with everyone at home, our long-planned extension commenced this week giving me the opportunity to view health and safety in construction from the relative comfort of my temporary working post.

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Thinking of a New Year’s Resolution? How about ‘being kind’…

With the start of a New Year, we hit another January, with going into lockdown and credit card bills arriving, I feel that now it’s especially important to focus on mental health.

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Happy New Year - old acquaintance must not be forgot?

Happy New Year to you all, although welcoming in another lockdown and new set of restrictions may not have been what some had envisioned for the start of 2021.

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Further fines issued for breaking COVID-19 Secure

The City of London Police have confirmed a further organisation have been fined for ignoring COVID-19 Secure requirements.

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Are the correct controls implemented for rugby players in schools?

With the news that Steve Thompson and seven other professional rugby players are raising the awareness of permanent brain injuries resulting from playing rugby, we find ourselves asking again if rugby should be played in schools?

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Primary Authority and Brexit – Update

The Primary Authority Scheme remains in place and will continue from 1st January 2021 with no immediate legislative changes, following our departure from the EU.

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Winner, winner, no chicken dinner

As we are very aware, large gatherings, be they sporting events, conferences, shows or awards ceremonies, have had to re-think their plans for 2020. Some postponed, some cancelled and other went virtual, using technology to deliver.

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