UK: Higher-risk buildings government consultation – What is proposed to be considered ‘higher-risk’?

WOBO thanks IFSEC GLOBAL and acknowledges the changes proposed within the UK and the need to focus on “Higher-Risk Buildings”. The government has recently completed a consultation on the Higher Risk Buildings (Descriptions and Supplementary Provisions) Regulations which flow from the Building Safety Act 2022....

Commercial Fire detection and alarm – Free webinar

WOBO thanks FIRE SAFETY MATTERS for the link to their free webinar. Join us on the next webinar ”Demonstrating competence in providing commercial fire detection and alarm system works with BAFE SP203-1”, to learn about the best working practices in fire detection. BAFE Fire Safety...

UK: Fire safety in construction (HSG168) – revised edition

WOBO Governor David Gibson acknowledges the work carried out by the Health and Safety Executive in respect of Fire Safety. HSE has published a revised version of our publication Fire safety in construction (HSG168). This latest (third) edition contains guidance explaining the need to eliminate,...

UK: Updating the Evidence Base and Supporting SMEs in Their Wood Dust Exposure Risks

WOBO reminds you that dust is a long term killer. In early 2022 the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) completed a project to update the evidence base on wood dust exposure risks in British manufacturing industries. In so doing, HSE gained a better understanding of...

Health and safety is vital for all seasonal workers

WOBO thanks the Health and Safety Executive for this reminder.  Peoples safety is paramount. Workers are as likely to have an accident in the first six months at a workplace as during the whole of the rest of their working life. With many seasonal jobs...

Evacuation of disabled people – What are the existing legal liabilities responsible persons and fire safety professionals must consider?

WOBO acknowledges the opportunity to review the article by Elspeth Grant, published by IFSEC GLOBAL. Following the events of the Grenfell Tower fire, the subsequent enquiry found that 41% of those who died were disabled, and that there was little to no planning in place...

Australia: Building Ministers’ Meeting and remaining decisions for NCC 2022

WOBO thanks the Australian Building Codes Board for their latest update. Update: Building Ministers’ Meeting and remaining decisions for NCC 2022 Building Ministers are scheduled to meet in late August 2022 and will consider NCC 2022, including final analysis from the ABCB on proposed improvements to residential energy...

MERIT 2022 – Registration has re-opened

WOBO would like to remind members of the MERIT Competition and the opportunity to participate. The International Construction Business Game Registration for MERIT 2022, the annual construction business game supported by The Institution of Civil Engineers, The Chartered Institute of Building and Loughborough University has...

Rockwool: High-rise and Education Guides update, and Fifth Facade White Paper

WOBO acknowledges the work of Rockwool in updating professionals in respect of insulation and its role in terms of sound, insulation and fire performance. The new version recognises new legislation in Scotland which bans the use of combustible materials within cladding systems applied to the...

Energy and Sustainability

WOBO thanks Renewable Energy for the updates relating to energy use and sustainability. If you’re looking for a new vehicle, it might be time to consider an electric model. These are environmentally responsible alternatives to cars that use fossil fuels and represent a significant step...

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