The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) has welcomed the publication of the government’s draft Building Safety Bill, which aim to create the biggest change in building safety for a generation.
HSE will also lead the government’s Joint Regulators Group (JRG), which will provide coordinated leadership to local authority and fire & rescue regulators during the transition to the new regulatory regime. It will support the development of close working arrangements between the BSR and local regulators, while continuing to work with early adopters to trial new safety approaches.
The JRG will be chaired by Peter Baker, Director of the Building Safety and Construction Division of HSE said: “The BSR will create a new era for building safety,
Health & Safety Executive reminder on water systems safety during the COVID-19 lockdown.
The HSE has reminded building occupiers, businesses & other duty holders restarting operations after the COVID-19 shutdown to review their water systems maintenance arrangements to avoid creating a public health hazard from waterborne bacteria such as legionella. Employers, the self-employed & people in control of premises, such as landlords, have a duty to identify & control risks associated with legionella. If your building was closed or has reduced occupancy during the COVID-19 outbreak, water system stagnation can occur due to lack of use, increasing the risks of Legionnaires’ disease. Read
A further in depth posting has been received from one of our Members.
Recommissioning your water system before opening your building.
Our thanks to Imran from . who have released a blog on ‘recommissioning your water system’ before reopening your building. This is in an effort to safeguard staff & service users against Legionella & other harmful bacteria which may be lurking in water of buildings that have been shut down due to the coronavirus pandemic.
As per the guidance issued by the Legionella Control Association (LCA) 13th May, 2020, it is essential that when buildings reopen following the lifting of COVID-19 restrictions, that any water system is not simply put straight back into use. During the period of shutdown, if flushing cannot…. Read
Whirlpool have identified a further 21 Hotpoint branded washing machines which may also pose a risk.
This equates to approximately 55,000 additional machines and takes the total number of affected models to 45.
The National Fire Chiefs Council is urging people to recheck their Hotpoint branded machines.
People may have checked in the past and been told their machine is not affected but this may not now be the case.
You do not need to contact the retailer you bought the machine from you can deal directly with Whirlpool. How to check your machine
Face shields made by two children donated to home care workers
Two children in Huddersfield have been producing face shields & have donated a supply of them to care workers at
Caremark Kirklees to use during the COVID-19 crisis. Thomas Hill, aged 10 & sister 12-year-old Ellie, have been building the face shields for staff working on the front line during the pandemic.
It all began when Thomas began experimenting with the design of a face shield. His mum Margie then sourced a company which had a pre-approved design for face shields and agreed to supply the children with the components needed. Details