Health, Safety and Fire News

WOBO recognises the need for its members to keep up with developments within the industry.

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BSIF issues reminder this International Noise Awareness Day

IF WORKERS are exposed to excessive noise, high-quality hearing protection is vital. British Safety Industry Federation (BSIF) CEO Alan Murray explains how PPE buyers can identify the protection they need and avoid the large number of substandard products.  Read more



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IWFM and Equans unite to drive sustainability

THE INSTITUTE of Workplace and Facilities Management (IWFM) has entered into a new strategic partnership with Equans a market leader in the energy and services sector; a collaboration that will leverage the huge potential of the workplace and facilities sector to help drive sustainability across organisations.  Read more


HSM Webinar

Join HSM and Martor on 11 June 2024 at 10:30 (BST) as we discover the tried and tested process of how to improve knife safety and go through some of their recent successes and case studies in companies in sectors ranging from food & beverage to distribution and manufacturing.

Knives and Blades have been used in workplaces almost since the dawn of time, and we challenge you to try and complete your working week without using a blade or scissors to complete even the most basic tasks… it would be impossible right?!

Knives and blades when used incorrectly can cause very serious injuries or cause damage to the goods and products we produce. Often companies try to protect against this by increasingly higher levels and standards of PPE, and whilst this may mitigate some of the injuries it is not the full solution needed. So, what is the solution?



Shining a light on safety

The Health and Safety Event is the industry’s must attend exhibition and takes place at the NEC in Birmingham on 30 April 2 May 2024. Kelly Rose catches up with event director David Bishop to find out more about this upcoming event.

Driving safety at the Health & Safety Event – IAM ROADSMART will be at the Health & Safety Event at the NEC from 30 April – 2 May and is ready to open up conversations around driver safety.

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Warringtonfire’s Birchwood Park Laboratory hits commissioning stage

WARRINGTONFIRE’S NEW £25 million laboratory located at Birchwood Technology Park is now at the ‘third fix’ stage, with four out of a planned seven of its state-of-the-art fire resistance testing furnaces already installed, marking significant progress towards the building’s completion and commissioning.  Read more



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Elta continues to innovate in smoke ventilation solutions market

MIRRORING THE company’s ongoing quest for innovation in the fire safety arena, Elta has developed and launched its certified prefabricated smoke range. The new range is an add-on solution to its fans designed for both general and emergency situations.  Read more




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Key appointments unveiled for Building Safety Competence Foundation

TWO KEY appointments have been announced by the Building Safety Competence Foundation (BSCF), the Community Interest Company set up by Local Authority Building Control (LABC) in 2021 as a public interest organisation to provide a range of services for the construction industry. Graham Watts OBE has been appointed chair, while Neil Gibbins QFSM joins the Board of Directors.  Read more



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Unsprinklered Blackburn furniture factory destroyed by devastating fire

AN EARLY morning blaze at an industrial estate in Blackburn destroyed the production facilities of a local furniture upholsterer. The devastating fire swept through the unsprinklered upholstery unit, sending plumes of orange smoke across the town, with the business and several others now counting the cost of the damage and dealing with the disruption posed to livelihoods.  Read more


A guide to the Gas Safety (Management) Regulations 1996 (as amended): update

Our publication ‘A guide to the Gas Safety (Management) Regulations 1996 (as amended)’ (L80) now has updated guidance on regulations.

It provides advice and explains regulatory requirements, including changes made under the Gas Safety (Management) (Amendment) Regulations 2023 which came into force on 6 April 2023.

The publication is for anyone who has duties under the Gas Safety (Management) Regulations 1996 (as amended). For example:

  • gas conveyors
  • emergency reporting service providers
  • gas shippers
  • terminal operators

download the updated publication at the HSE website.



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