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by witsd
Wed Apr 08, 2020 12:41 pm
Forum: Fire
Topic: Maintaining Fire Safety Compliance during this COVID Emergency
Replies: 6
Views: 482

Re: Maintaining Fire Safety Compliance during this COVID Emergency

Would it be possible to have a Skype conversation with some of the remaining staff on each floor, effectively deputising them into a fire warden role? Regarding FRAs, our schedule has been completely thrown out of the window and I'm now helping with the logistics of getting food parcels to hundreds ...
by witsd
Wed Mar 18, 2020 3:21 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: FFP2 Masks and Covid-19
Replies: 2
Views: 237

Re: FFP2 Masks and Covid-19

Yes, it's entirely inappropriate. Short of catching someone's sneeze (after which would you really want to keep wearing it??) they aren't going to do much. I would think that skin irritations are going to be your primary H&S issue. They shouldn't affect respiratory conditions if they are decent mask...
by witsd
Wed Mar 18, 2020 3:16 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: anyone else despite being the H&S manager - not invidted to be involved in your companies COVID-19 response meetings
Replies: 11
Views: 830

Re: anyone else despite being the H&S manager - not invidted to be involved in your companies COVID-19 response meetings

Business continuity should always be strongly linked with health and safety, but all to often they go their separate ways. Have you any concerns about the approach they are taking, or is it just that you have been excluded? If just the latter, I'd probably just roll my eyes and let it pass, but if y...
by witsd
Tue Mar 10, 2020 10:16 am
Forum: Fire
Topic: AOVs omitted from top floors of domestic blocks
Replies: 4
Views: 683

Re: AOVs omitted from top floors of domestic blocks

In case anyone would appreciate a conclusion to this, it turns out that the STH that was in place in 2007 specifically omits top floor protected lobbies from requiring automatic ventilation. It doesn't explain its reasoning and it is no longer the case, but there you go.
by witsd
Mon Mar 02, 2020 11:02 am
Forum: Fire
Topic: AOVs omitted from top floors of domestic blocks
Replies: 4
Views: 683

Re: AOVs omitted from top floors of domestic blocks

Cheers Messy. Yes, my understanding is that it was built, or at least substantially upgraded in 2007. This isn't intended to be an FRA, just an advice request for a specific issue, so I've not delved further than what I've been told. These lobbies can't be (as far as I can remember) specified as fir...
by witsd
Fri Feb 28, 2020 11:47 am
Forum: Fire
Topic: AOVs omitted from top floors of domestic blocks
Replies: 4
Views: 683

AOVs omitted from top floors of domestic blocks

Trying to get my head around the logic (if there is any) of this: 5 storeys, domestic, Scotland. Main shared stairwell providing access into a lift / flat door access lobby (2 flats per floor). The main stairwell is fitted with normal windows on all floors. These can be manually opened part way. Eac...
by witsd
Tue Feb 25, 2020 9:47 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Advice Please
Replies: 6
Views: 719

Re: Advice Please

Exactly what everyone above has said, but I'm just going to put this bit in bold:

COVER YOURSELF

Email all issues to management, and BCC yourself (to a private email address that you can't be prevented from accessing).
by witsd
Thu Feb 20, 2020 9:56 am
Forum: Fire
Topic: Church and Historical Buildings FRA
Replies: 5
Views: 675

Re: Church and Historical Buildings FRA

I would expect some emergency lighting would be necessary. Similarly directional signage and an alarm system. All of the above can be acquired in relatively discreet, portable format, so there should be no need to make actual material changes to the building unless something is really, really off. A...
by witsd
Thu Feb 20, 2020 9:54 am
Forum: Fire
Topic: Fire Extinguisher Commissioning
Replies: 4
Views: 531

Re: Fire Extinguisher Commissioning

Huh...

I've never actually had to do that, so I don't know, but surely the seller / product itself would confirm this?
by witsd
Tue Feb 11, 2020 12:37 pm
Forum: Fire
Topic: Fire Action Plan
Replies: 7
Views: 601

Re: Fire Action Plan

Absolutely standard approach for a certain high-street clothing and food store. Fire marshals would clear the area they were in, proceed to the fire panel, and then whoever was in charge would direct two people (or more sets of two if the trigger point wasn't clear) to the call-point that had been a...
by witsd
Wed Feb 05, 2020 2:03 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: RIDDOR
Replies: 7
Views: 598

Re: RIDDOR

I'm curious how someone working in the construction industry could be able to resume normal duties within a few days with a hand full of stitches...?
by witsd
Wed Feb 05, 2020 1:59 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Terrorism attach - company policy and procedures for workers
Replies: 6
Views: 535

Re: Terrorism attach - company policy and procedures for workers

Yeah, I'm solidly in the 'no' camp here. Your first step is to assess the risk, looking at the actual likelihood, rather than the amount of attention these events cause. Even allowing for London working, are your employees more likely to be hit by a bus or killed by a terrorist? Have you issued guid...

 

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