Precautions for removal of lead paint

17 December 2021

We have a property with wooden window frames that we wish to repaint. Our facilities management team has suggested that the frames may be coated with lead-based paint that would need to be removed. How can we determine if there is lead-based paint and what precautions should we be taking?

Air conditioning and the virus

15 December 2021

A trade union safety rep has raised concern over the building’s air conditioning system, stating that it could be spreading the Covid-19 virus. Is this the case and what should we be doing to reduce the risk?

Emergency arrangements in the pandemic

15 December 2021

I have been asked to review our emergency planning arrangements in light of the current pandemic situation. Are there any changes I need to make to existing procedures?

Making shared premises Covid secure

15 December 2021

My organisation shares a property with other organisations. This property is managed by a third party on behalf of the landlord. Who is responsible for applying Covid-secure guidelines for the building?

Embedding Covid-19 Secure procedures

15 December 2021

My organisation wishes to develop a campaign to help embed appropriate behaviours in relation to the control of virus transmission in the workplace. What should we consider in such a campaign?

Sparkly paper

2 December 2021

As we approach Christmas, the office recycling bin will soon be full of sparkly gift wrap. Is it true that we shouldn’t recycle it?

Single-use plastic ban

19 November 2021

Is it true that disposable plastic plates, cups and cutlery will soon be banned in the UK?

Sick building syndrome

11 November 2021

A small group of employees believe that they are suffering from Sick Building Syndrome and they want us to take steps to address the issue. First, how can we be sure that it is not just hay fever or a similar allergy and, second, what changes can we make to improve the workplace environment?

Scope 3 emissions

9 November 2021

What are Scope 3 emissions, and what responsibilities do small businesses have to report and reduce them?

Sludge

25 October 2021

Is it really a good idea to use anaerobic digestate and other biowastes as fertilisers? What safeguards are in place to protect human and animal health from the hazardous chemicals that are sometimes found in waste?