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Planning Obligations Policy

Posted on May 29, 2013at 8:54 am

The Dept for Communities has published proposals for a new policy document on the use of planning obligations (POs) in the light of the introduction of the Community Infrastructure Levy (CIL) and reforms to planning obligations brought about when the Final CIL Regulations 2010 came into force on 6 April. Originally introduced to make development […]

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Free Access To Ordnance Survey Data

Posted on May 29, 2013at 8:52 am

Following extensive consultations, the public has been given free access to certain Ordnance Survey data in what the Department for Communities claims to be a ”˜historic milestone on the road towards transforming Britain into a 21st century digital economy’. Information relating to administrative boundaries, postcode areas and mid-scale mapping will be among the data that […]

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The Control of Asbestos Regulations 2012(CAR 2012)

Posted on May 29, 2013at 8:50 am

The Control of Asbestos Regulations 2012 (CAR 2012) were laid before Parliament on 8 March 2012 and come into force on 6 April 2012. These revoke and re-enact the Control of Asbestos Regulations 2006 (CAR 2006) with amendments which were required as a result of a European Commission ruling that the omission in the 2006 […]

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ACOP Review

Posted on May 29, 2013at 8:50 am

Proposals to revise, consolidate or withdraw 15 Approved Codes of Practice (ACoPs) are central to a review launched by the Health & Safety Executive to help identify how to make it easier for businesses and other users to meet their obligations under health and safety law, while avoiding over-compliance. HSE is also seeking views on […]

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MANAGEMENT OF LEGIONELLA RISKS

Posted on May 29, 2013at 8:49 am

A Safety Notice drawing attention to key aspects of the management of risks from legionella, has been issued by the Health & Safety Executive after conducting a review, which identified that 90% of outbreaks of the disease in GB over the past 10 years stemmed from failure to recognise potential problems or adopt effective control […]

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‘NO-RISK’ SELF-EMPLOYED FROM HEALTH AND SAFETY LAW

Posted on May 29, 2013at 8:49 am

Self-employed people whose work activities pose no potential risk of harm to others will be exempted from health and safety law, under Health & Safety Executive proposals to implement one of the recommendations in the May 2011 Lofstedt review:- (http://tinyurl.com/bizinf-313k3). The proposed exemption would not apply to self-employed people in high-risk occupations or those who […]

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Copper Ionisation in Legionella control

Posted on May 29, 2013at 8:48 am

From 1 February 2013 it will be illegal to sell or use water treatment systems that use elemental copper in order to add copper ions to water as a biocide. It will also be illegal to supply the copper needed for their use. The action has been taken at EU Level under the Biocidal Products […]

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£160,000 in Fines and Costs after a Worker was Caught in a Collapse of New Structural Steel

Posted on May 29, 2013at 8:44 am

A Surrey construction company has been ordered to pay £160,000 in fines and costs after a worker narrowly escaped death when he was caught in a collapse of nine tonnes of steel and concrete on a site in Westerham, Kent in May 2009. Bola Akinola fell more than four metres when steelwork supporting concrete floor […]

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Council and Building Firm Fined after Exposing Children to Asbestos Fibres

Posted on May 29, 2013at 8:43 am

Staffordshire County Council and a refurbishment firm have been fined for exposing a nursery class, school staff and two joiners to asbestos fibres. Rugeley firm G Evans (Services) Ltd was refurbishing Glenthorne Community Primary School in Cheslyn Hay for the council when the incident happened on Friday 13 February 2009. Stafford Crown Court heard two […]

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HSE Bills Firms £727,000 for Site Safety Visits

Posted on May 29, 2013at 8:42 am

Contractors have been hit with bills for hundreds of thousands of pounds under a controversial HSE scheme to cover the cost of site visits by safety inspectors. A freedom of information Act request has revealed that the HSE recorded Fee for Intervention (FFI) time against 903 premises between the 1st October ”“ when the scheme […]

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