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
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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 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. How to check your machine
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. Details
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
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