House builders praised for working through the pandemic

7 July 2021

The Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government (MHCLG) has said that measures put in place by the Government to support the industry were behind its ability to ensure that the number of homes being built continues to rise, despite the pandemic.

Environment Agency seeks views on scrap metal safety risks

6 July 2021

The Environment Agency has invited comments on two new standard rules permits, asking if the permits and accompanying fire prevention plans and generic risk assessments are appropriate to manage the risks of the permitted activities.

UK confirms its status as a world leader in genomics

6 July 2021

The UK has achieved over half a million genomically sequenced positive coronavirus (Covid-19) tests and it is estimated that it now contributes around 50% of all sequencing that is shared for comparison across the world.

New Bill promises a building safety overhaul

6 July 2021

Setting out a clear pathway for the future on how residential buildings should be constructed and maintained, the Building Safety Bill promises the biggest changes to building safety regulation in a generation, according to Housing Secretary Robert Jenrick.

EU sets out plans for health and safety in a changing world

5 July 2021

Arguing that the Covid-19 pandemic has shown how crucial occupational health and safety (OSH) is for protecting workers' health, the European Commission has put forward a new EU strategic framework on health and safety at work.

Encouraging women to join the construction industry

1 July 2021

We recently reported on flexible working trials in a number of major firms (see Flexible working in the construction industry) and included a conclusion from the accompanying report that it could lead to improved recruitment, particularly of women.