Did you know OSHA has resources to keep workers safe during tornado recovery efforts?

OSHA – Tornado recovery. Did You Know? Workers performing recovery and cleanup operations following a tornado face hazards including unstable debris piles, falling objects such as tree limbs and utility poles, and burns and electrocution from downed power lines. Visit OSHA’s Tornado Response and Recovery webpage to...

Regulatory changes to building safety – HSE call to designers

High rise buildings – open for comment! Do you have a role in designing high-rise buildings?  If so, it’s important you start preparing now for the changes being proposed under the Building Safety Bill. HSE is calling on designers to prepare now for upcoming regulatory...

NREL scientists partnering with Antora Energy and MIT on TPV projects

Research – Thermophotovoltaic Technology. National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) has partnered with Antora Energy and theMassachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) over the past three years to engage in two separate projects in thermophotovoltaic (TPV) technology. TPV captures the energy radiated as infrared light from hot objects...

Safety Alert – The management of design related risks

Safety – risk management is key! This alert is aimed at structural, civil and fire engineers. Significant, and tragic, failures involving structures continue to occur: fires in apartment blocks in Milan, London and Taiwan, and structural collapses in Florida and Nigeria being recent examples. This paper...

All new buildings must emit a third less carbon, government announces

Carbon emissions; Building Design provides some interesting observations. All new buildings must reduce their carbon emissions by about a third, the government announced today. Building Regulations will be amended to enforce a 30% cut on emissions from new homes and a 27% cut on other...

Health and Safety: Reminder issued on the dangers of emergency tree work

In turbulent times – keep safe! Fallen trees and branches have caused a lot of disruption, but it’s important to remember that emergency tree work is dangerous and should only be done by experienced professionals. HSE is warning farmers to avoid carrying out the work...

The Fire Safety Event: 5-7 April at the NEC Birmingham

Fire Safety – Date for your diary 2022 Bring on April! Secure your FREE ticket today for The Fire Safety Event, taking place on 5-7 April at the NEC Birmingham. Let’s reunite the fire safety community at the UK’s largest #firesafety event. #FSE2022 Click here to check...

Designers must prepare for changes to building safety, says HSE

WOBO thanks Workplace DNA for the update. As part of work underway to establish a new Building Safety Regulator and reform the building safety system, the HSE is urging those who design high-rise buildings to act now to prepare for the changes coming when the...

Hong Kong: Fire takes hold at 38-storey World Trade Centre leaving hundreds trapped on roof

Fire – a daily issue! Hundreds of people were left trapped on the roof of the 38-storey World Trade Centre in Hong Kong after a major fire broke out early on Wednesday afternoon. The building houses offices and a shopping mall in the busy shopping...

Barbour: Legislative update and support

WOBO thanks Barbour for all their support during 2021 and looks forward to maintaining the link during 2022. Welcome to the December edition of our monthly Barbour newsletter! We hope that you’re winding down for the festive period and that you get to take a...

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