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Building Fire Risk Assessments

Fire Risk Assessments on Buildings

By Ian Stone | 22nd September 2020

In this blog we will consider why fire risk assessments are essential for certain types of buildings. In essence, fire risk assessments need to be carried out on all non-domestic properties and on communal areas of rented properties. The identified risks and subsequent safety measures that you put in place must be passed onto employees …

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Acorn experts release health and safety guide

By Neil Munro | 15th September 2020

We are thrilled to announce that we have launched a new no-nonsense health and safety guide. The book, called ‘Fear and Loathing of Health and Safety – Stay out of Prison, Avoid Massive Fines and Cut Through the Red Tape’ has been written by two of Acorn Safety Services’ directors – Neil Munro and Ian …

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John Crockett

Focus on John Crockett – Acorn Safety Services’ Health and Safety Manager

By Ian Stone | 9th September 2020

John Crockett is Acorn Safety Services’ health and safety manager. He has worked in the Health and Safety industry for about 30 years. Prior to that he had been a project manager and a fitter for various construction companies so in total he has worked in the construction industry for around 45 years. In this …

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Risk assessments on construction sites

Risk assessments on construction sites

By Neil Munro | 25th August 2020

Managing health and safety on construction sites can be far more complex than in other workplaces. In factories and offices, you normally have the same teams working together, fulfilling regular duties. In comparison, on a construction site, the site is undergoing a transformation and teams from different trades come together to work alongside one another. …

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Refurbishment of Hospitals

Refurbishment of Hospitals

By Neil Munro | 18th August 2020

When it comes to refurbishment projects, hospitals can be particularly high-risk environments. The potential for health and safety issues is immense as any construction work must be planned around the ongoing needs of patients and staff. Patients must continue to be cared for, operations must take place and prescriptions must continue to be provided. These …

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Government Health and Safety Regulations

How can you protect your firm from Government Health and Safety Regulations?

By Neil Munro | 11th August 2020

Many businesses are growing increasingly frustrated with an ever-increasing workload generated by more and more Government health and safety regulations. Keeping up to date with the latest regulations can be a minefield for firms and when things go wrong, business owners are left facing the risk of prosecution, fines or even jail. In 2020 businesses …

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The importance of site audits

By Neil Munro | 4th August 2020

Clients have a responsibility to ensure their projects are undertaken safely. If they feel their contractors are not performing as they should be, or are unsure what their performance is like, we can carry out a site audit. This will identify which parts of their projects are being done well and which need attention. In …

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social distance in construction sites

How Do Construction Sites Social Distance?

By Neil Munro | 16th June 2020

As some normality starts to return to our lives, and a growing number of us start to return to work, it has become obvious that new ways of working are also going to become a part of everyday life. Construction is an industry that has embraced PPE for longer than almost any other, and with …

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HSE Business Plan

HSE Business Plan Means More Scrutiny of Principle Designers

By Neil Munro | 29th May 2020

Once the building industry gets back up and running properly following COVID, the HSE have started working on the HSE business plan which likely includes more focus on Principle Designers on building projects that come under its investigation.  This was a move that was announced late 2019, but the lack of serious construction work since …

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Brexit and health and safety law

Will BREXIT affect Health & Safety in the UK?

By Neil Munro | 15th May 2020

Now that we are starting to see some positive progression with COVID-19, we can start to look at other pressing matters.  Like, will Brexit affect health and safety in the UK? Thankfully largely ignored during the pandemic, Brexit is still going on in the background, and the UK is still due to officially leave the …

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