News and blogs

This page brings together the latest news and blogs for charity facilities managers.

New regulations on storing petrol

A new law on storing petrol came into force at the beginning of October 2014.

Charities may well store petrol for mowers, vans or buses. It is easy to overlook a petrol can in a corner of a shed. But the HSE warns that petrol is highly flammable and can give off vapour which can easily be set on fire. This means there is always a risk of a fire and/or an explosion if there is any source of ignition nearby.

The new Petroleum (Consolidation) Regulations 2014 (PCR) apply to:

 Kew appoints contractors for £24m refurb

The Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew has announced its appointment of contractors SG to carry out a £24 million restoration of its Temperate House.  The project is expected to take five years.

New Planning Court Signals Intentions

The new Planning Court for England and Wales started work in April -- and in one of its first cases the judge has rejected an application for a judicial review as “totally without merit”. 

Commentators say the robustness of the Court’s decision signals a determination to cut through lengthy appeal processes which can delay projects for up to a year. 

HSE launches new web resource to combat Occupational Disease

HSE has launched a new website to help organisations prevent work-related illnesses. 

Occupational disease is a big problem: in 2011/12 there were an estimated 1.1 million working people suffering from a work-related illness, with around 450,000 new cases of work-related ill health. An estimated 12,000 deaths each year are caused by past exposures to harmful substances at work.

The focus of the new HSE campaign will be on two key priority areas:

Diary Date: Facilities Show, UK Health and Safety, Firex, etc

Six industry shows relevant for charities facilities managers will be combined into one big event at London's ExCeL exhibition centre in June.

"Protection and Management 2014" is the new combined event for:

• The Facilities Show

• Safety & Health Expo

• FIREX International

• IFSEC International

• The Energy & Environment Expo, and

• The Service Management Expo.

HSE launches New Working at Height Guidance

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) has launched new guidance for working at height.  The new guidance aims to help businesses reduce accidents related to working at height.

ABI: Insurance Claims Flood in -'Ask for flood mitigation measures'

The Association of British Insurers (ABI) says that between 23 December 2013 and 8 January 2014, insurers dealt with some 174,000 claims for damage to homes, businesses and cars.

Insurance claims from the floods and storms over Christmas and the New Year could reach £426m.

Land Registry sell-off proposed

Thehe agency that records all land and property information in England and Wales, the Land Registry, could be sold off as part of the government’s efforts to raise funds from selling state assets.

The Land Registry has recorded property data since 1862. It the most comprehensive source of information property prices. Its data is closely monitored by economists and its information on sale prices are used by online property portals.

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