Unusual outbreak sees 20 cases of rare monkeypox infection in UK

23 May 2022

Mainly spread by wild animals in parts of west or central Africa, and first identified in the Democratic Republic of Congo in 1970, monkeypox has suddenly appeared in 14 countries with, for the first time, the virus being found in people with no clear connection to the usual countries of origin.

Warning that new legislation will create problems for fire risk assessment

20 May 2022

The commencement of the Fire Safety Act 2021 has brought a strong message from the Fire Sector Federation (FSF) as it warned that fire risk assessors, together with the building owners and safety managers who employ them, face additional challenges in satisfying new legal requirements to meet fire safety competency standards.

Queen’s Speech missed opportunity to decarbonise homes

19 May 2022

The Government recently set out its legislative programme for the next session of Parliament (see Queen’s Speech promises levelling up, education reform and Brexit opportunities) but, according to the Federation of Master Builders (FMB) it should have included another proposal.

Council fined over hand-arm vibration issues

18 May 2022

After several employees carrying out work in the highways department developed a debilitating nerve condition, as a result of failure to control exposure to vibration, Lancashire County Council found itself in court.

Thousands of local authority buildings still contain asbestos

17 May 2022

Following work carried out by Labour Research Department (LRD) for the TUC and the All Party Parliamentary Group on Occupational Safety and Health, the extent to which asbestos can still be found in local authority buildings in England has been revealed.

Are you ready for changes to the Building Regulations?

17 May 2022

According to the Federation of Master Builders (FMB), the sector is in need of urgent, clear guidance to help people understand changes to the Building Regulations which aim to improve the energy efficiency of buildings and which come into force in England on 15 June.

Roofers and builders reminded to follow duty of care

13 May 2022

Most roofers and builders are law-abiding and take their duty of care seriously when it comes to waste management, the Environment Agency said, but it had decided to issue a general warning when its officers found a large amount of buried asbestos waste when executing a search warrant at a site in the South West.