HSE Welcomes Government’s Draft Fire Bill

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) has welcomed the publication of the government’s draft Building Safety Bill, which aim to create the biggest change in building safety for a generation.

HSE will also lead the government’s Joint Regulators Group (JRG), which will provide coordinated leadership to local authority and fire & rescue regulators during the transition to the new regulatory regime. It will support the development of close working arrangements between the BSR and local regulators, while continuing to work with early adopters to trial new safety approaches.

The JRG will be chaired by Peter Baker, Director of the Building Safety and Construction Division of HSE said: “The BSR will create a new era for building safety,

HSE reminder on Water Systems Safety

Health & Safety Executive reminder on water systems safety during the COVID-19 lockdown.

The HSE has reminded building occupiers, businesses & other duty holders restarting operations after the COVID-19 shutdown to review their water systems maintenance arrangements to avoid creating a public health hazard from waterborne bacteria such as legionella. Employers, the self-employed & people in control of premises, such as landlords, have a duty to identify & control risks associated with legionella. If your building was closed or has reduced occupancy during the COVID-19 outbreak, water system stagnation can occur due to lack of use, increasing the risks of Legionnaires’ disease.      Read

A further in depth posting has been received from one of our Members.

Recommissioning your water system before opening your building.

Our thanks to Imran  from . who have  released a blog on ‘recommissioning your water system’ before reopening your building. This is in an effort to safeguard staff & service users against Legionella & other harmful bacteria which may be lurking in water of buildings that have been shut down due to the coronavirus pandemic.
As per the guidance issued by the Legionella Control Association (LCA) 13th May, 2020, it is essential that when buildings reopen following the lifting of COVID-19 restrictions, that any water system is not simply put straight back into use. During the period of shutdown, if flushing cannot…. Read

 

 

 

Whirlpool identifies more fire risk Hotpoint machines.

Whirlpool identifies more fire risk Hotpoint machines.

in January 2020 Whirlpool began a recall campaign to identify more than 500,000 Hotpoint and Indesit branded washing machines in homes which may pose a potential fire risk.

Whirlpool have identified a further 21 Hotpoint branded washing machines which may also pose a risk.
This equates to approximately 55,000 additional machines and takes the total number of affected models to 45.

The National Fire Chiefs Council is urging people to recheck their Hotpoint branded machines.
People may have checked in the past and been told their machine is not affected but this may not now be the case.

You do not need to contact the retailer you bought the machine from you can deal directly with Whirlpool.
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Teenage carer uses own money to make PPE.

Teenage carer uses own money to make PPE.

A 13-year-old young carer has made
hundreds of face shields with a 3D printer he bought using holiday money.

Scarborough teenager William Stainton, who helps to look after his father, has made 670 face shields & 900 ear savers which protect people’s ears if they are wearing a mask.

He has made them for nursing homes across Scarborough & Bridlington as well as for local chemists.  Read more

 

Face shields made by two children donated to home care workers

Face shields made by two children donated to home care workers

Two children in Huddersfield have been producing face shields & have donated a supply of them to care workers at
Caremark Kirklees to use during the COVID-19 crisis.
Thomas Hill, aged 10 & sister 12-year-old Ellie, have been building the face shields for staff working on the front line during the pandemic.

It all began when Thomas began experimenting with the design of a face shield. His mum Margie then sourced a company which had a pre-approved design for face shields and agreed to supply the children with the components needed.
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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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