Fire safety

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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


    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


    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

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    Secret history

    After lying mothballed for 80 years, the Victorian theatre at Alexandra Palace is ready to open its doors.

    By Belinda Liversedge visits Alexandra Palace to find out about its hidden theatre and busy events programe on 03 December 2018

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    Hackitt’s ‘strange’ review will not change fire safety, says lawyer

    “Saying to the industry to sort it out is not enough,” said Kathryn Gilbertson, partner, at Greenwoods GRM LLP, who told delegates she was disappointed in Judith Hackitt’s recent Review of Building Regulations and Fire Safety.

    By Belinda Liversedge on 19 November 2018

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    Challenging and uncertain times

    There can be no doubt that we are currently in the midst of a generally uncertain era, which could well prove to be a defining period both for the UK and globally.

    By David Parr on 18 September 2018