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Developers must heed advice on sprinklers

19 February 2019

Thousands of London developers are told every year that sprinklers are a crucial recommendation for their planned build but, when the London Fire Brigade (LFB) did a spot check in 2016, only two out of the 15 blocks examined had the suppression system fitted.

Cockle picking tragedy 15 years on

19 February 2019

February 2019 marks the anniversary of the Morecambe Bay tragedy, which sadly took the lives of 21 Chinese cockle pickers, raising the question of whether, 15 years on, enough is currently being done to avoid the deaths of vulnerable workers.

Psychological risks for digital staff

19 February 2019

Workers whose job it is to view online content, such as digital researchers, monitors or moderators, can face significant harm to their mental health, and a new body of guidance is now developing to plan for and manage the psychological risks involved with this type of work.

Drivers flouting mobile phone and seatbelt laws

19 February 2019

The road safety charity, IAM RoadSmart, has called for a crackdown on drivers breaking phone and seatbelt laws. The call follows the publication of a new Department for Transport survey that reveals the scale of criminal non-compliance in the UK.

“Extreme stress” in policing

18 February 2019

A research survey has concluded that nearly half of police officers find their jobs very or extremely stressful, with concerns being raised about workloads, lone working, stress and anxiety.

Amnesty publishes wellbeing review after staff suicides

18 February 2019

The human rights organisation Amnesty International has published an independent review into staff wellbeing following the suicides of two of its workers.

New framework for Government and public sector development projects

18 February 2019

The Cabinet Office has published details of a new seven-year procurement framework introduced to make it easier for construction firms to bid for work on government projects.

Best-practice workplace guidance on mental health first aid

15 February 2019

The organisation Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) England has launched new enhanced best-practice guidance for employers and employees on how to implement mental health first aid in the workplace.

Energy price caps to rise in April

15 February 2019

The energy regulator, Ofgem, has announced that the price cap for customers on default tariffs will increase by £117–£1254 per year from 1 April for the six-month “summer” price cap period. The price cap for prepayment meter customers will increase by £106–£1242 per year for the same period.

Carcinogens and Mutagens Directive

14 February 2019

Directive (EU) 2019/130 amending Directive 2004/37/EC on the protection of workers from the risks related to exposure to carcinogens or mutagens at work has been published. It comes into force on 20 February 2019, with a two-year implementation period.