Construction industry post-pandemic

3 May 2022

Following the Covid-19 outbreak, Roland Finch explores what improvements can be made in the construction industry after the virus.

The air we breathe

3 May 2022

Poor indoor air quality in workplaces and homes is a major risk to our health, making it essential we improve our scientific knowledge of the dangers of air pollutants like chemicals, says Dr Julie Riggs.

Time to report

3 May 2022

Some of the UK’s largest businesses and financial institutions must now report publicly on the risks and opportunities they face as a result of climate change, says Dr Keith Whitehead.

New to the job and at risk — young workers’ health and safety

3 May 2022

It is unfortunate that the chances of new employees having an accident in their first six months at a workplace are equal to those during the rest of their working lives. Jon Herbert highlights why it is crucial that young workers receive the right training and supervision needed as they come face-to-face with unfamiliar risks.

Temporary concessions for transport operators

28 April 2022

Recognising the challenges presented by the Covid-19 pandemic and other problems that have caused supply chain difficulties, a number of relaxations have been made by the Government in order to maintain essential transport.

Understanding preferential origin rules — trading with the EU

28 April 2022

A lot of things have changed since the UK left the European Union. Even though there is a trade agreement in place, British companies who buy or sell to EU countries have to understand and follow new procedures and observe responsibilities that didn’t apply before.

Inspecting the “real substance of education”

27 April 2022

The “real substance of education”, as defined by HMCI Amanda Spielman, is the curriculum and from September 2019 the curriculum moved centre stage in Ofsted inspections. This is important for all schools including privately-funded independent schools, since Ofsted evaluates their inspection arrangements and the DfE has confirmed Ofsted as the arbiter of school effectiveness. Tony Powell, Consulting Educationist, considers how inspectors might evaluate the statutory requirements for curriculum provision using the working definition devised by Ofsted during its research programme. Note: This article can only give some pointers about meeting Ofsted expectations because every school must determine its own curriculum. The first pointer is that inspectors will ask senior leaders and a range of staff how this determination was made.

Dangerous gases: getting the monitoring right

27 April 2022

Gas detection systems provide vital early warning of the presence of dangerous gases in industrial environments, but it is crucial to select and use the right type, says Simon Hopwood.