Fire Safety Bill Published

The Home Office 19th March introducing a new bill to improve fire safety in buildings in England and Wales.

The proposed Fire Safety Bill builds on action already taken to ensure that people feel safe in their homes, and a tragedy like the Grenfell Tower fire never happens again.

The bill will amend the Fire Safety Order 2005 to clarify that the responsible person or duty-holder for multi-occupied, residential buildings must manage and reduce the risk of fire for:

  • the structure and external walls of the building, including cladding, balconies and windows
  • entrance doors to individual flats that open into common parts

This clarification will empower fire and rescue services to take enforcement action and hold building owners to account if they are not compliant.

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Scottish guidance launched for specialised housing fire safety.

Scottish guidance launched for specialised housing fire safety.

Scottish government launched the new guidance, which is a recommendation from its review of the country’s fire safety regime, to cover fire risks in sheltered & supported housing.

24Housing reported on the launch, which aims to ‘reduce the risk from fire in specialised housing’ including sheltered and supported accommodation, with the Scottish government pointing out that older people ‘and people with physical,  sensory or mental health issues are at increased risk of injury or death from fires’.
The guidance comes from recommendations in the review of the fire safety regime in Scotland, launched post Grenfell. More


Fire Kills campaign relaunched by government.

Fire Kills campaign relaunched by government.

The campaign will ‘highlight everyday fire hazards’ including candles, cigarettes, portable heaters and ‘overloaded’  extension leads, as well as urge the public to install smoke alarms on every floor.

The government said that the advertising campaign has      returned ‘to highlight the everyday accidents that can cause a fire in your home’, adding that while the majority – or 90% – of homes have ‘at least’ one working smoke alarm, 23% of people ‘never test them’.

The campaign has been developed alongside the National Fire Chiefs Council (NFCC), with other partners including Dementia UK and B&Q. Read


The UK has left the EU – Brexit: Transition period.

Brexit: Transition period.

The UK has now left the EU. The transition period is in place while the EU and UK negotiate new arrangements for a trade deal. It will end on 31 December 2020.

Your responsibility to protect the health and safety of people   affected by your work activities remain the same during the  transition period.

The guidance health and safety made simple: the basics for your organisation will help you to comply with the law.

You should continue to manage risk in your organisation in a proportionate way. Guidance


Revised leaflet for employers deals with upper limb disorders

Managing upper limb disorders in the workplace
A brief guide
This revised leaflet for employers deals with upper limb  disorders (ULDs) which affect the shoulders, arms, wrists, hands and fingers, as well as the neck.

It explains:

  • what upper limb disorders;
  • their symptoms and causes;
  • how to manage the risks around them;

what employers can do to help their workers.

It now includes a simple filter to help identify low-risk tasks which do not need further assessment.

The main messages about the actions employers and     workers should take to prevent risks have altered very little since the previous 2013 version.
There is no change in policy or regulation.
INDG171(rev 3) published Jan 2020.


New Scottish legislation to improve housing rights for disabled people.

New regulation proposals have been launched by the      Scottish government aiming to improve accessibility for those living with a disability in the communal areas around their home.

Under the newly announced proposals, people living with disabilities would be given the right to remove barriers to  access by creating ramps, widening paths and installing handrails in common areas.

These changes are hoped to improve equality for those living with disabilities, though all potential works would only be sanctioned provided they have support of a majority of  neighbours. More


Pharmacy fined £275.000 after “careless” storage of patient data.

The Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) has fined a London-based pharmacy £275,000 for failing to ensure the security of special category data Doorstep Dispensaree Ltd, which supplies medicines to customers and care homes,   left approximately 500,000 documents in unlocked containers at the back of its premises in Edgware.
The documents included names, addresses, dates of birth, NHS numbers, medical information and prescriptions belonging to an unknown number of people  More