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Access guides from NHS Property Services

24 February 2017

Following a pilot project, NHS Property Services in partnership with DisabledGo has produced a series of detailed online access guides for 30 of its properties including hospitals, health centres and clinics.

Pothole levels still rising

23 February 2017

The Local Government Association (LGA) has warned that the rise in the number of heavier lorries on the roads is likely to lead to a rise in the number of potholes. Councils currently repair almost two million potholes a year — an average of 12,000 potholes for each local authority or a pothole every 15 seconds.

Distributor accreditation scheme for cleaning product firms

21 February 2017

The Cleaning & Hygiene Suppliers Association (CHSA) has introduced a fourth Manufacturing Standards Accreditation Scheme in order to drive up standards.

Workplace design affects productivity and retention

20 February 2017

A new report from Sodexo, Creating a Workplace that Maximises Productivity, has revealed the workplace needs of knowledge workers in the UK and points to the crucial factors that affect productivity, employee engagement and talent retention.

Workplace trends for 2017

17 February 2017

A new report from Sodexo, 2017 Global Workplace Trends, has highlighted a series of critical factors that are likely to shape workplaces during 2017. It shows that connectivity, innovation and uncertainty are “rewriting the rules of the workplace”; that next generation working styles are being defined by “individuality, inclusiveness and techno-literacy”; and that there will be more robots in the workplace.

Work stress makes commuting dangerous

14 February 2017

British workers spend an average of one hour commuting every day, and 57% of commuters make these daily journeys by car. New research from the University of Haifa in Israel suggests that the works stressors that people think about while driving to and from work may be making these journeys dangerous.

Public estate efficiency drive

13 February 2017

The Cabinet Office has announced that a further 79 councils will join the Government’s One Public Estate Programme, bringing the total number of participating councils to 255. This represents almost three-quarters of councils in England. The Cabinet Office has a target of 95% of councils to be on the programme by 2018.

Lorry drivers should use commercial satnavs

10 February 2017

The Local Government Association (LGA) believes that all lorry drivers who use satnavs should be forced to use commercial models rather than using cheaper satnavs that have been designed for cars.

Cost recovery dispute process to become fully independent

10 February 2017

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) has announced that it is to consult on proposals to make its cost recovery scheme dispute process fully independent.

Government U-turn on toxic waste to landfill

10 February 2017

The Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) will continue to allow hazardous waste to be dumped at landfill sites, despite the Government’s earlier intentions to end the practice.