In this Briefing Note we consider the safety requirements for the installation and maintenance of electric vehicle charging equipment. There is increasing focus on environmental impacts, the use of alternative fuels to petrol and diesel engines, and in response, the UK Government has schemes to promote the use of renewable energies. Furthermore, many towns and city centres are intending to introduce Ultra Low Emission Zones (ULEZ) to reduce atmospheric pollution.
Having an asbestos survey carried out is an effective way to help you manage asbestos in your premises. A survey will provide vital information, such as the location, condition and amount of asbestos that has been identified.
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In this Briefing Note we consider the maintenance of fire safety arrangements during the current pandemic, as it is of critical importance to make sure that workplace fire safety risks continue to be adequately controlled. Irrespective of the risks arising from COVID 19, any applicable fire safety legislation remains in force, and the duties arising remain unchanged. However, fire safety legislation is not prescriptive, so providing appropriate supplementary or alternative fire safety arrangements are implemented, and that the overall objectives of the legislative requirements are met, then the Responsible Person will generally have discharged their duties.
This Briefing Note applies to those working in or visiting home environments. These include, but are not limited to, home workers – such as repair services, fitters, meter readers, plumbers, cleaners, cooks, visiting childcare providers, and surveyors (this is not an exhaustive list).
With so many competing demands on property managers, the challenge of continuing to focus on maintaining, and where needed, enhancing fire safety arrangements is ever increasing. Adding to these existing challenges is the introduction of new fire safety legislation starting this year.
In this Briefing Note we consider the safety requirements for routine access required for plant or premise maintenance, inspections etc. It is critically important to make sure that access to the place of work on the roof is safe, and the risks associated with working at height have been addressed.
In this Briefing Note we thought it would be helpful to provide a summary update of key changes / fire news items which have been published in the previous few weeks. The three topics we have chosen include: • Fire Safety: Approved Document B • Improved fire safety for new flats and social homes (Scotland) • Pre-legislative Scrutiny of the Building Safety Bill
On 21st November 2020, The Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government issued a press release advising that owners of flats in buildings without cladding will no longer need an EWS1 form to sell or remortgage their properties. The main points from the press release are discussed here.
It has been eight months since the UK entered its first COVID-19 lockdown at which point the majority of workplaces were vacated as the population was advised to work from home where possible. The use of numerous buildings changed and occupancy has remained very low ever since. With the control of legionella bacteria relying on a good turnover of water, the sudden low occupancy of buildings created a need to manually increase turnover through flushing of water systems. Meeting this challenge was further complicated by the reduced availability of staff through the need to shield, self isolate or otherwise remain at home.