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Lifting the lockdown – facilitating a return to the workplace

Following developments in the government’s COVID-19 recovery strategy, Shoosmiths have put together the following checklist for employers to use when considering how to facilitate a return to the workplace.   Have you carried out a de...


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Workers reluctant for home to replace office

Rumours of the demise of the office are much exaggerated, according to new independent polling commissioned by the British Council for Offices (BCO), the representative body for the UK’s office sector. Just one in five (20%) UK adults plans...


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New guidance on legionella risks during the coronavirus outbreak

If your building has been closed or with reduced occupancy during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak, water system stagnation can occur due to lack of use, increasing the risks of Legionnaires’ disease. The serious Legionnaires’ dise...


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Councils’ COVID-19 transport planning requires urgent scale-up of e-cargo bike usage

Emergency road closures, widening of footways and the creation of new pop-up cycleways means bikes are going to be the fastest way of getting around cities like London, Manchester and Birmingham as the UK eases slowly back to work. To stay competi...


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Making workplaces safe – what’s in the air?

Preparing an office for safe re-occupation is about much more than turning on the lights. Once it is agreed who will be working and when, there needs to be a thorough re-evaluation of air conditioning and ventilation systems, according to the Char...


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Hygiene concerns leave thousands anxious about return to the office

As lockdown measures begin to ease, many UK office workers are concerned about going back to the office – with worries rife over being able to maintain social distancing (59%) and appropriate hygiene and cleaning standard...