Fire safety

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    How to handle flammable liquids and other dangerous substances

    Dangerous substances can and do put people’s safety at risk. Find out how to handle them.

    By Andrew Lawrence, Empteezy on 07 January 2020

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    Sleeping workers among 43 killed in Delhi factory blaze

    At least 43 people have died in a factory fire in north Delhi, India, on 8 December, which broke out while workers were sleeping inside.

    By Gajal Gupta on 10 December 2019

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    Looking for the root cause: method and aim

    One of the common experiences of older safety practitioners is the frustrating sense of déjà vu when reading accident investigation reports.

    By Lawrence Waterman on 29 November 2019

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    Heaters and smoke simulate fire emergencies in new ‘immersive VR’

    Researchers at Nottingham university have discovered how a pioneering immersive virtual reality system might be able to improve workers’ response to a fire – by getting users to smell smoldering ash and feel heat.

    By Belinda Liversedge on 17 September 2019

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    324 high rises still ‘cloaked in dangerous cladding’

    Government was accused of letting private tower block owners ‘drag their feet’ over removal of dangerous Grenfell-style cladding, at the House of Commons yesterday.

    By Belinda Liversedge on 06 September 2019

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    Raising the bar for prison safety: a case study

    Sodexo Justice Services was recently awarded the British Safety Council’s five star audit for five of its prisons. Belinda Liversedge is granted access behind the bars at HMP Addiewell, an all-male high security prison in Scotland, to find out how they did it.

    By Belinda Liversedge on 26 June 2019

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    Post Grenfell where are the changes?

    It is now almost two years since the tragic Grenfell tower fire and so an appropriate moment to reflect on the progress —or lack—on implementing subsequent measures to ensure that occupants of high-rise buildings not only feel safe but actually are safe within their homes.

    By David Parr, British Safety Council on 04 July 2019

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    Don’t get your fingers burned

    Every year many accidents are reported at work involving electricity. Portable appliance testing (PAT) can help employers remain compliant and keep their workplaces safe.

    By Darren Bakewell, Seaward Electronic on 25 June 2019

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    200 million pounds: is it enough?

    The government has confirmed that it will allocate £200 million to fix private tower blocks that are wrapped in combustible aluminium composite material cladding, the same kind that sent the Grenfell Tower block up in flames back in June 2017, claiming the lives of 72 people.

    By Stephen Horin, Bushbury Cladding on 20 June 2019

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    Valero Energy fined £5m after refinery explosion kills four

    An eight-year investigation into an explosion at a Pembrokeshire oil refinery that killed four workers has culminated at court in a £5m fine for Valero Energy.

    By Belinda Liversedge on 07 June 2019