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Fire safety guidance – what you need to know

Those of us who work in safety – and particularly in fire safety – have learned to see fire risk on a continuum. There really is only a small degree of difference between a toaster burning out and the kind of catastrophe that brings ab...


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Ensuring your fire risks are adequately managed

The recent shocking fire in Grenfell Tower, London should have focused the minds of all persons undertaking fire risk assessment works in the UK. As fire risk assessors, this incident should make us review what we look at and what we take into con...


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Too hot to work? Keeping employees safe in the sun

We’ve seen the beginnings of summer in recent weeks and, as temperatures soar (and drop again!) many workers are spending days in unbearably warm offices or working outdoors in the blazing sunshine. This is a significant health and safety is...


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Mental health awareness – it’s OK to be pink and fluffy

The theme of this year’s Mental Health Awareness Week (running all this week and ending on Sunday) has been ‘Thriving, not surviving’, and there has been a spate of publicity given to mental health and wellbeing in recent weeks, ...


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Building mentally healthy workplaces: support AND prevention needed

During Mental Health Awareness Week this week it’s a good time to take stock of how employers can develop the most effective framework to foster good mental health at work. The CIPD 2016 Absence management survey, in partnership with Simplyh...


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Mental health at work: what is a ‘reasonable adjustment’?

Opening up about mental health is the topic of the moment, with the Royal Family backing campaigns to get people talking to each other about their problems. In the workplace, that conversation between employer and employee is significant and the e...