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BESA OFFSITE GROUP RISES TO THE CHALLENGE

We are pleased to share the following story from The Building Engineering Services Association (BESA). The Building Engineering Services Association (BESA) has produced new guidance to address the technical challenges faced by engineers when designing building services risers. BESA Technical Bulletin TB56/1.2 is the second

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HSE launches a new online tool to help address work-related stress

We are pleased to share the following story from the Health and Safety Executive (HSE). A “much needed” new online learning tool designed to prevent work-related stress has been launched. Businesses are encouraged to sign-up to the free-to-use interactive tool,

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THE ANNUAL IPAF SUMMIT AND AWARDS – TICKETS AVAILABLE AND NOMINATIONS OPEN

We are pleased to share the following story from the website of IPAF (International Powered Access Federation). Early bird tickets are now on sale and entries are open for the IPAF Summit and International Powered Access Awards (IAPAs) in Copenhagen

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FASET AGM and Awards to take place at new venue on 23rd November

FASET (Fall Arrest Safety Equipment Training) is looking forward to the biggest and best AGM and Awards in its history. On Thursday 23rd November 2023, over 100 guests will convene at Delta Hotels by Marriott Worsley Park Country Club. Set

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IOSH Poll Highlights Prevalent Work-Related Stress

A recent poll conducted by IOSH during International Stress Awareness Week unveiled some concerning statistics regarding work-related stress. Out of 1,870 respondents, a substantial 84% admitted that their work had caused them to feel stressed over the past 12 months.

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New Building Safety Regulations for Second Staircases

We are pleased to share the following annoucement from Secretary of State, Michael Gove. In a written statement on the UK Parliament website, Secretary of State Michael Gove has confirmed that there will be a 30-month period during which new

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BSR regulatory regime for high-rise residential buildings

We are pleased to share the following story from the Health and Safety Executive (HSE). The Building Safety Regulator’s new regulatory regime has moved further ahead in its vital registration programme of in-scope high-rise residential buildings, that are at least

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BESA President: ‘Built environment is desperate for an upgrade’

We are pleased to share the following story from the Building Engineering Services Association (BESA). Buildings should be made to work better for social and economic reasons; not just to meet safety and climate change goals, according to the President

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FASET confirms the end to safety net gathering

As the established trade association and training body for the safety netting and temporary safety systems industry, FASET (Fall Arrest Safety Equipment Training) has removed the technique of gathering to reduce the size of safety nets. Safety nets are used to

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Final ATLAS training course of 2023

ATLAS (the Association of Technical Lightning & Access Specialists) has announced that it will run its last training course of the year on BS EN: 62305. It will be delivered at Skyward Training Limited, London, during November. Book here to

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Drop of 0.5% in August 2023 for construction sector

We are pleased to share the following monthly construction update for October 2023 from the Construction Leadership Council (CLC). The construction sector fell by 0.5% in August 2023 after a fall of 0.4% in July 2023, revised up from a

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NASC to attend ‘Rebuild Ukraine’ conference this autumn

We are pleased to share the following from the NASC (National Access & Scaffolding Confederation) website. The National Access and Scaffolding Confederation (NASC) is the UK’s leading trade body for the scaffolding and access industry. It is also a member

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CITB joins forces with Build UK and fire industry experts

We are pleased to share the following story from the Construction Industry Training Board (CITB). A new free eCourse has been developed in partnership with Build UK and fire industry experts, with the aim of improving the sector’s knowledge of fire safety

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FASET Welcomes Persimmon Homes as first Supporter Member

FASET has welcomed Persimmon Homes as its first Supporter Member. FASET (Fall Arrest Safety Equipment Training) is the leading trade association in the temporary safety systems sector. It has been working with Persimmon Homes for the last six months on an

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NEW FIRE SAFETY GUIDANCE IS PUBLISHED

As reported on the website of the Construction Leadership Council (CLC) the Home Office have published two new pieces of fire safety guidance. Fire Safety Order: enforcement and sanctions for non-compliance  The guide explains how the Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety)

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‘Asking for help with dyslexia one of my best decisions’

We are pleased to share the following story from the Institute of Occupational Safety and Health (IOSH). There’s a number of neurodiversity awareness campaigns this October, starting with Dyslexia Awareness Week from 02 to 08 October. Dave McPherson CMIOSH blogs about the

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NASC president’s training fund: £50,000 and counting

The National Access & Scaffolding Confederation (NASC) supports its members at every stage of their training journey through its dedicated Presidents Training Fund. Since its launch in 2022 by NASC President, David Brown, NASC has paid out over £50,000 worth

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Building Safety Regulator Scheme Published

We are pleased to share the following story from the Construction Leadership Council (CLC). The Building Safety (Regulator’s Charges) Regulations 2023 were laid before Parliament on 6 September 2023, to come into force on 1 October 2023. The Regulations can

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FASET to deliver speech at NWCSG event

FASET (Fall Arrest Safety Equipment Training) is proud to be a part of the upcoming Work at Height event from the North-West Construction Safety Group (NWCSG). The event, which is scheduled to take place on Tuesday 3rd October, is designed

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FASET in UK trade association first following UKAS accreditation

FASET (Fall Arrest Safety Equipment Training) is proud to announce it is now accredited as a Type C inspection body in accordance with International Standard ISO/IEC 17020:2012 – making it the only trade association in the UK to achieve this UKAS standard

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RICS to run webinar on Reinforced Autoclaved Aerated Concrete

The Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) is to run a webinar on the issues surrounding Reinforced Autoclaved Aerated Concrete (RAAC), which has made national headlines recently. RAAC is a lightweight, aerated form of concrete, which was used to construct

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IOSH says taking one approach to a return to work won’t be effective

We are pleased to share the following story from the Institute of Occupational Safety and Health (IOSH). The IOSH says a “blanket approach” to getting people in the UK with back problems and other musculoskeletal issues to return to work

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Work-related fatality figures published

Keeping construction workers safe is at the core of what we at FASET do, which is why we are pleased to share the following article from the Health and Safety Executive (HSE). One hundred and thirty-five workers were killed in

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CLC establishes technical expert panel to support government in concrete crisis

As the established trade association and training body for the safety netting and temporary safety systems industry, FASET aims to always keep up to date with the latest news from the building access industry. We are pleased to share the

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UKGBC looks to new Secretary of State for re-prioritising net zero

UKGBC responds to the appointment of Claire Coutinho as Secretary of State for the Department for Energy Security and Net Zero (DESNeZ). Simon McWhirter, UKGBC Deputy Chief Executive said: “We welcome the new Secretary of State to one of the most critical

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Keeping up health and safety standards – taking a positive approach

As the established trade association and training body for the safety netting and temporary safety systems industry, FASET aims to always keep up to date with the latest news from the building access industry. We are pleased to share the

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June 2023 saw construction output increase

As the established trade association and training body for the safety netting and temporary safety systems industry, FASET aims to always keep up to date with the latest news from the building access industry. We are pleased to share the

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Introducing Nasir Khan – the new Chair for the CIC Liability Panel

As the established trade association and training body for the safety netting and temporary safety systems industry, FASET aims to always keep up to date with the latest news from the building access industry. We are pleased to share the

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NEWLY APPOINTED MECASA RAC CHAIR – DARREN WILLIAMS

The following is from MECASA. Darren Williams has recently been elected as the new MECASA RAC Chair. Darren, the previous Committee Vice-Chair, takes over from James Falchetto, who has led the committee for the past 2 years. Darren has previously

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BSR’s New Industry Competence Committee (ICC) appoints Chair and members

The Health and Safety Executive has recently set up and appointed industry members and a Chair to the new Industry Competence Committee (ICC), which will have its first meeting in September. The ICC members are: Jon Vanstone (Chair) – Tech Influence

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Evidence on the effectiveness of CITB and ECITB called for by DfE

As the established trade association and training body for the safety netting and temporary safety systems industry, FASET aims to always keep up to date with the latest news from the building access industry. We are pleased to share the

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DHF wants clarity following extension of CE mark recognition

The government recently announced the indefinite extension of CE mark recognition for products covered by their domain, including machinery, low voltage electrical equipment, pressure equipment, radio equipment, and EMC. This move is expected to reduce business costs and streamline the

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An update on the Retained EU Law Act

As the established trade association and training body for the safety netting and temporary safety systems industry, FASET aims to always keep up to date with the latest news from the building access industry. We are pleased to share the

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Announcing NASC’s updated SG4:22 user guide

The National Access and Scaffolding Federation (NASC) has delivered an update to SG4, which has become the industry standard for preventing falls in scaffolding operations. Their safety and technical guides, created by NASC’s committees, ensure compliance and safety for managers

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IRATA issues HEALTH AND SAFETY STATEMENT

As the established trade association and training body for the safety netting and temporary safety systems industry, FASET aims to always keep up to date with the latest news from the building access industry. We are pleased to share the

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NEBOSH forms historic alliance to promote better safety, health and wellbeing for all

As the established trade association and training body for the safety netting and temporary safety systems industry, FASET aims to always keep up to date with the latest news from the building access industry. We are pleased to share the

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Announcing that the Work at Height Regulations are safe – for now

As the established trade association and training body for the safety netting and temporary safety systems industry, FASET aims to always keep up to date with the latest news from the building access industry. We are pleased to share the

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Biggest-ever cladding removal scheme launched by government

We are pleased to share the following story from the website of FM Business Daily. The UK government has announced its biggest building safety intervention to date as part of a wider package of measures to help end the building

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FASET members work together to perform vital edge protection testing

Temporary edge protection systems are vital in the construction of buildings, designed to prevent people or debris from falling from height with potentially fatal consequences. It is one of the main types of fall arrest safety systems for which FASET

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Update on Building Safety

We are pleased to share the following from the Construction Leadership Council (CLC). Mandating second staircases in new residential buildings over 18m As part of the announcement of the long term plan for housing on 24 July, the Secretary of

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Health-boosting plans to help keep people in work

We are pleased to share the following from the website of FM Business Daily (fmbusinessdaily.com). The Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) and Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC) are publishing a consultation on ways to increase uptake of

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Build UK’s guide to building safety regime endorsed by CLC

We are pleased to share the following from the website of the Construction Leadership Council (CLC). Looking ahead to a host of regulations under the Building Safety Act coming into effect from 1 October 2023, the CLC is sharing Build

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Falls from height statistics make sobering reading

As the established trade association and training body for the safety netting and temporary safety systems industry, FASET aims to always keep up to date with the latest news from the building access industry. We are pleased to share the

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Construction output in May sees slight decrease

We are pleased to share the following story with evidence gathered by the Office for National Statistics (ONS) showing the picture of monthly construction output, which is estimated to have decreased 0.2% in volume terms in May 2023; this is

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Introducing Clive Dickin – NASC’s new CEO

The National Access & Scaffolding Confederation (NASC) has appointed Clive Dickin as its new Chief Executive Officer (CEO). Clive is a highly experienced trade body leader and has worked for more than 25 years as a senior leadership figure within

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Rise in work fatalities shows need for greater safety standards

A ten per cent increase in the number of people killed at work is a sobering reminder of the cost of a health and safety failure in Britain’s workplaces. As new figures reveal that 135 workers sustained fatal injuries last

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Surge in demand for engineers welcomed by BESA

A report commissioned by EngineeringUK has found that demand for engineers is predicted to grow faster than for any other occupation. The report found that vacancies for ‘green engineering’ roles in the UK had increased by 55% in the past

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Father mourning ex-wife campaigns for defibrillators at work

A bereaved father, whose ex-wife died from a heart attack at the age of just 43, is campaigning for every business in the UK to provide a defibrillator. Chubb Fire & Security UK&I training manager David Lund is petitioning the

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Help the CLC establish the routes into construction

We are pleased to share the following release form the Construction Leadership Council (CLC), asking for people to complete a Routes into Industry survey by 28th July. Our industry is experiencing major change with both demand for skilled workers and

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London Work at Height Seminar – tickets available now

IRATA International, a member of the Access Industry Forum (AIF), is hosting the London Work at Height Seminar (LWAHS) at the prestigious London Guildhall on Thursday 20 July 2023. AIF Chair, Peter Bennett OBE, will be speaking at the event.

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‘Every Story Matters’ Independent UK COVID Inquiry

As the established trade association and training body for the safety netting and temporary safety systems industry, FASET aims to always keep up to date with the latest news from the building access industry. We are pleased to share the

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Managing mental health – should this be part of the OSH role?

As the established trade association and training body for the safety netting and temporary safety systems industry, FASET aims to always keep up to date with the latest news from the building access industry. We are pleased to share the

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Employers urged to protect workers in hot weather

Beat the heat: stay safe in the hot weather. That’s the message from the Health and Safety Executive (HSE). In the current hot weather, the HSE is reminding employers that they must ensure workers are protected from the heat. There

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Businesses are “driving with the handbrake on” without skills

As the established trade association and training body for the safety netting and temporary safety systems industry, FASET aims to always keep up to date with the latest news from the building access industry. We are pleased to share the

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FASET joins the Temporary Works Forum

Fall Arrest Safety Equipment Training (FASET) has joined the Temporary Works Forum (TWf). Tony Seddon, who is the Managing Director of FASET, is looking forward to engaging with the TWf and the opportunities this brings: “FASET exists to improve the

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Building Safety Act – timeline of key changes

As the established trade association and training body for the safety netting and temporary safety systems industry, FASET aims to always keep up to date with the latest news from the building access industry. We are pleased to share the

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Impact of post-Grenfell legislation

As the established trade association and training body for the safety netting and temporary safety systems industry, FASET aims to always keep up to date with the latest news from the building access industry. We are pleased to share the

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Creating a greener future by crafting effective ESG policies

As the established trade association and training body for the safety netting and temporary safety systems industry, FASET aims to always keep up to date with the latest news from the building access industry. We are pleased to share the

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Organisations unite for better safety, health and wellbeing for all

As the established trade association and training body for the safety netting and temporary safety systems industry, FASET aims to always keep up to date with the latest news from the building access industry. We are pleased to share the

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Statement on the availability of products

As the established trade association and training body for the safety netting and temporary safety systems industry, FASET aims to always keep up to date with the latest news from the building access industry. We are pleased to share the

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Strengthening link between workplace mental health and financial wellbeing

As the established trade association and training body for the safety netting and temporary safety systems industry, FASET aims to always keep up to date with the latest news from the building access industry. We are pleased to share the

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2023 Safety Report from NASC

As a founder member of the AIF, FASET is pleased to share the story below from the AIF’s news page (https://accessindustryforum.org.uk/2023/06/06/nasc-launches-its-2023-safety-report/). The latest NASC Safety Report reveals the lowest Accident Incident Rate (AIR) and Accident Frequency Rate (AFR) since we

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Diesel to Disappear from most Construction Sites by 2035 Under New Plan

As the established trade association and training body for the safety netting and temporary safety systems industry, FASET aims to always keep up to date with the latest news from the building access industry. We are pleased to share the

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Shared Understanding for a Circular Built Environment

As the established trade association and training body for the safety netting and temporary safety systems industry, FASET aims to always keep up to date with the latest news from the building access industry. We are pleased to share the

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Scape adopts Common Assessment Standard

As the established trade association and training body for the safety netting and temporary safety systems industry, FASET aims to always keep up to date with the latest news from the building access industry. We are pleased to share the

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FASET runs the next ‘Platform Decking for Managers’ course with GDECK

FASET – the established trade association and training body for the safety netting and temporary safety systems industry – was delighted to run the latest in its planned programme of Platform Decking for Managers courses yesterday (24th May 2023) with Persimmon Homes. Persimmon

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OpenDoors23 – welcoming potential construction recruits

As the established trade association and training body for the safety netting and temporary safety systems industry, FASET aims to always keep up to date with the latest news from the building access industry. We are pleased to share the

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IOSH APPEARS AT LONDON SAFETY AND HEALTH EXPO

As the established trade association and training body for the safety netting and temporary safety systems industry, FASET aims to always keep up to date with the latest news from the building access industry. We are pleased to share the

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Saving the Work at Height Regulations – time to declare victory?

As a founder member of the Access Industry Forum, FASET is pleased to share the following story on retaining the Work at Height Regulations. The Retained EU Law Bill (REUL) is in the press again this month and there’s been some encouraging

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Study reveals growing levels of transparency around mental health at work

As the established trade association and training body for the safety netting and temporary safety systems industry, FASET aims to always keep up to date with the latest news from the building access industry. We are pleased to share the

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Estimated 0.2% increase in monthly construction output

As the established trade association and training body for the safety netting and temporary safety systems industry, FASET aims to always keep up to date with the latest news from the building access industry. We are pleased to share the

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AIF releases statement on REUL Bill

As a founder member of the AIF, FASET cautiously welcomes the news below, as shared by AIF, and we await with interest the detail of the amendments to the EURL. After months of lobbying through the APPG on Working at

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Build UK’s guide on managing price inflation

The construction industry has had a lot to contend with in recent years to mitigate the effects of Brexit and COVID-19 but is now beset with additional inflationary pressures, not seen in the UK for 40 years, in the wake

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Mental health benefits are key when it comes to recruitment

As the established trade association and training body for the safety netting and temporary safety systems industry, FASET aims to always keep up to date with the latest news from the building access industry. We are pleased to share the

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Professionals converge for three-day health and safety event

As the established trade association and training body for the safety netting and temporary safety systems industry, FASET aims to always keep up to date with the latest news from the building access industry. We are pleased to share the

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Fifth Quarterly Report for Construct Zero Performance Framework Dashboard

As the established trade association and training body for the safety netting and temporary safety systems industry, FASET aims to always keep up to date with the latest news from the building access industry. We are pleased to share the

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Entries now open for the #NASCAWARDS2023

Entries for the #NASCAWARDS2023 – being revealed at the annual Ball & Awards in London on 17th November – are being invited from NASC (National Access & Scaffolding Federation) member companies. And as well as the usual Project of the

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Linking sustainability and ESG with better financial performance

The following article is from Alan Stenson, CEO of Neutral Carbon Zone. Sustainability and ESG activities have become critical considerations for businesses as the world grapples with challenges like climate change, social inequality, and environmental degradation. While there is no denying

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Independent Review of the Construction Product Testing Regime

As the established trade association and training body for the safety netting and temporary safety systems industry, FASET aims to always keep up to date with the latest news from the building access industry. We are pleased to share the

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Government warns of severe consequences for refusing to fix unsafe buildings

As the established trade association and training body for the safety netting and temporary safety systems industry, FASET aims to always keep up to date with the latest news from the building access industry. We are pleased to share the

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NASC sponsors record-breaking day at British Forces Resettlement Services Day in Catterick

As the established trade association and training body for the safety netting and temporary safety systems industry, FASET aims to always keep up to date with the latest news from the building access industry. We are pleased to share the

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Government adds construction occupations to Shortage Occupations List

As the established trade association and training body for the safety netting and temporary safety systems industry, FASET aims to always keep up to date with the latest news from the building access industry. We are pleased to share the

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Estimated increase of 2.4% in monthly construction output

As the established trade association and training body for the safety netting and temporary safety systems industry, FASET aims to always keep up to date with the latest news from the building access industry. We are pleased to share the

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Health & Safety Executive approached by BSIA to reduce financial burden

As the established trade association and training body for the safety netting and temporary safety systems industry, FASET aims to always keep up to date with the latest news from the building access industry. We are pleased to share the

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Wellbeing communication: 70% of employers struggle to make it relevant

As the established trade association and training body for the safety netting and temporary safety systems industry, FASET aims to always keep up to date with the latest news from the building access industry. We are pleased to share the

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IOSH announces gender pay gap reduction

FASET – the established trade association and training body for the safety netting and temporary safety systems industry – is please to share the following good news story from the Institute of Occupational Safety and Health (IOSH). IOSH has made

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FASET runs first ‘Platform Decking for Managers’ course

FASET – the established trade association and training body for the safety netting and temporary safety systems industry – is delighted to be running the first of its Platform Decking for Managers courses today (4th April 2023) in conjunction with

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Government energy efficiency plan receives cautious welcome

As the established trade association and training body for the safety netting and temporary safety systems industry, FASET aims to always keep up to date with the latest news from the building access industry. We are pleased to share the

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Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities publishes details of Responsible Actors Scheme

As the established trade association and training body for the safety netting and temporary safety systems industry, FASET aims to always keep up to date with the latest news from the building access industry. We are pleased to share the

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CITB pledges support for UK construction industry, doubling grants for short courses

As the established trade association and training body for the safety netting and temporary safety systems industry, FASET aims to always keep up to date with the latest news from the building access industry. We are pleased to share the

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Support Provided by the Government cautiously welcomed by CLC

As the established trade association and training body for the safety netting and temporary safety systems industry, FASET aims to always keep up to date with the latest news from the building access industry. We are pleased to share the

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RICS to provide feedback on its influential professional standard

As the established trade association and training body for the safety netting and temporary safety systems industry, FASET aims to always keep up to date with the latest news from the building access industry. We are pleased to report that

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Report into shortage of occupations in construction

As the established trade association and training body for the safety netting and temporary safety systems industry, FASET aims to always keep up to date with the latest news from the building access industry. We are pleased to share the

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Jason Anker (MBE) – “30 days for 30 years” fundraising event

As the established trade association and training body for the safety netting and temporary safety systems industry, FASET works with a number of charities and organisations which exist for the benefits of those who work in our industry. One of

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Go Behind the Hoardings During Open Doors Week

As the established trade association and training body for the safety netting and temporary safety systems industry, FASET aims to always keep up to date with the latest news from the building access industry. We are pleased to share the

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Freely available guidance to maximise worker safety

FASET has long been a foundation in supporting its members with expert quality guidance, dedicated working at height training and exclusive membership benefit schemes all with the intention of promoting a safer way of working. The FASET health, safety and

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Battle to save more than 4,000 EU laws

As the established trade association and training body for the safety netting and temporary safety systems industry, FASET aims to always keep up to date with the latest news from the building access industry. We are pleased to share the

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Building Safety Update

As the established trade association and training body for the safety netting and temporary safety systems industry, FASET aims to always keep up to date with the latest news from the building access industry. We are pleased to share the

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The impact of the UK Retained EU Law Bill on business health and safety

As the established trade association and training body for the safety netting and temporary safety systems industry, FASET aims to always keep up to date with the latest news from the building access industry. We are pleased to share the

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Impact of environmental regulations on development inquiry, launched by Lords Committee

The Built Environment Committee has launched an inquiry into the impact of environmental regulations on development and is inviting written contributions. Call for written submissions Inquiry: Environmental regulations on development Built Environment Committee Focus of inquiry The Government has set

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Updates from the Steeplejack and Lightning Protection Training Group

As the established trade association and training body for the safety netting and temporary safety systems industry, FASET aims to always keep up to date with the latest news from the building access industry. We are pleased to share the

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Statement on the availability of construction products

As the established trade association and training body for the safety netting and temporary safety systems industry, FASET aims to always keep up to date with the latest news from the building access industry. We are pleased to share the

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Offices – advice from BCO on how to be greener and healthier

As the established trade association and training body for the safety netting and temporary safety systems industry, FASET aims to always keep up to date with the latest news from the building access industry. We are pleased to share the

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BCIA releases two new technical guides

The first guide from the Building Controls Industry Association (BCIA) covers the various Building Assessment Schemes, including BREEAM, LEED, NABERS, RESET, WELL Being Standard, and WiredScore. Building Assessment Schemes sets performance standards for the built environment, including new builds and

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“Flat” – the estimation of monthly construction output

As the established trade association and training body for the safety netting and temporary safety systems industry, FASET aims to always keep up to date with the latest news from the building access industry. We are pleased to share the

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FASET welcomes QDeck Safety Systems Ltd as newest member

FASET (Fall Arrest Safety Equipment Training) is delighted to announce that QDeck Safety Systems Ltd is its newest member. The company installs and supplies lightweight QDeck safety decking for customers in the construction industry. This safety decking system is designed

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GUIDANCE AIMS TO REDUCE ENTRAPMENTS AND CRUSHING INCIDENTS

As the established trade association and training body for the safety netting and temporary safety systems industry, FASET aims to always keep up to date with the latest news from the building access industry. We are pleased to share the

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BESA President calls for ‘crisis engineering’

As the established trade association and training body for the safety netting and temporary safety systems industry, FASET aims to always keep up to date with the latest news from the building access industry. We are pleased to share the

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FASET works with Persimmon Homes

FASET (Fall Arrest Safety Equipment Training), the established trade association and training body for the safety netting and temporary safety systems industry, is delighted to be working with Persimmon Homes. It is great news for safety on site, where a

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ONLY 4% OF EMPLOYERS ARE SPENDING THEIR FULL APPRENTICESHIP LEVY FUNDING

As the established trade association and training body for the safety netting and temporary safety systems industry, FASET aims to always keep up to date with the latest news from the building access industry. We are pleased to share the

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Refreshed occupational cancer guidance from IOSH

IOSH has unveiled refreshed guidance on managing the risks of occupational cancer. Its No Time to Lose campaign webpages have been updated to ensure they take account of the latest information on the four areas of the campaign – asbestos, diesel fumes,

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Two initiatives to increase diversity in construction adjudication

As the established trade association and training body for the safety netting and temporary safety systems industry, FASET aims to always keep up to date with the latest news from the building access industry. We are pleased to share the

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CLC Releases Statement on Industry Accreditation Cards

As the established trade association and training body for the safety netting and temporary safety systems industry, FASET aims to always keep up to date with the latest news from the building access industry. We are pleased to share the

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IOSH asks: Are workers supported, engaged and equipped to do their jobs?

As the established trade association and training body for the safety netting and temporary safety systems industry, FASET aims to always keep up to date with the latest news from the building access industry. We are pleased to share the

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SFG20 joins the G-Cloud

Facilities Management standard SFG20 has been named as a supplier on Crown Commercial Service’s G Cloud 13 framework. This framework helps public sector buyers procure software and services from a list of pre-approved suppliers. The online framework is operated by Crown Commercial

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Skidmore Review welcomed by UKGBC

As the established trade association and training body for the safety netting and temporary safety systems industry, FASET aims to always keep up to date with the latest news from the building access industry. We are pleased to share the

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Update on monthly construction for January 2023

As the established trade association and training body for the safety netting and temporary safety systems industry, FASET aims to always keep up to date with the latest news from the building access industry. We are pleased to share the

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New Core Scheme Training Centre for the North East receives full backing from CISRS

As the established trade association and training body for the safety netting and temporary safety systems industry, FASET aims to always keep up to date with the latest news from the building access industry. We are pleased to share the

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“Start the new year by completing waste audit,” facilities managers urged

As the established trade association and training body for the safety netting and temporary safety systems industry, FASET aims to always keep up to date with the latest news from the building access industry. The following story was published on

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Worker hurt falling through collapsed floor – building firm fined

As the established trade association and training body for the safety netting and temporary safety systems industry, FASET aims to always keep up to date with the latest news from the building access industry. The following release was uploaded to

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Net zero carbon target brought close through new partnership

Emcor UK has partnered with Verco, an award-winning energy management and sustainability consultancy, to provide Route Zero, a tailored approach for customers to achieve net zero. Route Zero starts with an analysis of energy consumption and greenhouse gas emissions from across

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IWFM’s new guide helps you update your ‘Fire safety management’ knowledge

The tragic loss of life in 2017’s Grenfell Tower fire has created wide-ranging changes to fire safety which will start to come into force from as soon as 23 January 2023. Ensure you’re up to date with the latest statutory

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Worker fall injury results in fine for confectionery firm

As the established trade association and training body for the safety netting and temporary safety systems industry, FASET aims to always keep up to date with the latest news from the building access industry. The following release was uploaded to

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Green jobs increase threefold

The Building Engineering Services Association (BESA) says it is heartened by new statistics showing rapid growth in the low carbon and energy efficiency jobs market but says there is still a “sizeable skills gap” in many of the technical areas vital to

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Construction Output Increased by 0.8% in Volume Terms in October 2022

The Office for National Statistics published estimates of construction output for October 2022 this morning. Monthly construction output is estimated to have increased 0.8% in volume terms in October 2022; this is the fourth consecutive monthly growth, with October 2022 being the highest

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Building Safety Act is “massive, but not new”

There is nothing in the Building Safety Act for building services contractors to fear, according to a senior spokesperson for the Health & Safety Executive (HSE). Neil Hope-Collins urged delegates at CIBSE’s Build2Perform conference and exhibition to embrace the new building safety

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IPAF ISSUES STATEMENT ON USE OF EMERGENCY STOP IN MEWPS

As the established trade association and training body for the safety netting and temporary safety systems industry, FASET aims to always keep up to date with the latest news from the building access industry. We are pleased to share the

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Government skills reform can be bolstered by AI-moderated training programmes, says metatalent.ai

Chancellor Jeremy Hunt has appointed Sir Michael Barber to advise on the implementation of the Government’s skills reform programme. These reforms to post-16 education and training, first announced in January 2021 by then-education secretary Gavin Williamson, are targeted towards ensuring

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FASET wows with biggest-ever AGM and Awards

The FASET AGM and Awards event took place on Thursday 24th November at the beautiful Tewkesbury Place, and was host to over 100 guests. That makes it the largest event of its kind in trade association’s history. Now that live

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BESA: tomorrow’s engineers must lead a retrofit revolution

More young people should be inspired to take up careers in the built environment to make it more sustainable and resilient to climate change, according to the Building Engineering Services Association (BESA).  As part of the 10th annual Tomorrow’s Engineers Week (#TEWeek22), the

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AIF, HBF and WAHSA join to create Personal Fall Protection Equipment Toolbox Talks

FASET and the Access Industry Forum work closely together and we are pleased to share the following story, which was published on the AIF website. Continuing the success of the height safety toolbox talks created by the Access Industry Forum

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Ladder Safety Podcast Released from the HBF, AIF and Ladder Association

FASET and the Access Industry Forum work closely together and we are pleased to share the following Ladder Safety Podcast, which was published on the AIF website. Following the success of the height safety toolbox talks created by the Access

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Industry Views Sought On Plan To Cut Diesel From Sites

As the established trade association and training body for the safety netting and temporary safety systems industry, FASET exists to protect the health and safety of those working at height in the construction and FM sectors. We aim to share

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FASET – proud to play a part in the safe construction of One City Park

As the established trade association and training body for the safety netting and temporary safety systems industry, FASET exists to protect the health and safety of those working at height in the construction and FM sectors. We are delighted to

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Building contractor and director fined after fire risk failings

As the trade association and training body for the safety netting and temporary safety systems industry, FASET is pleased to share the following story from the Health and Safety Executive (HSE). A building contractor has been fined £600,000 and its

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CLC writes to Secretaries of State regarding Construction Products Regulations UK

26.10.22 Dear Secretaries of State, The Construction Products Regulations UK On behalf of the Construction Leadership Council (CLC) we would like to congratulate you on your respective Cabinet appointments. We look forward to working closely with you. Since the CLC’s

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‘Momentous moment’ for maintenance as industry bodies unite

The leading professional bodies of the built environment have joined forces to align the data standards that are used to manage costing, carbon and building and facilities maintenance, in a bid to clear up confusion and shift the digital focus

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Construction output increased by 0.4% in volume terms in August 2022

At FASET (Fall Arrest Safety Equipment Training) we strive to bring you the latest news from our industry sector, particularly regarding health and safety, ESG and how Brexit and the economy are impacting on construction. We are pleased to bring

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BESA makes ‘fresh start’ for apprenticeships with new assessment approach

BESA (Building Engineering Services Association) has formed a partnership with a specialist End Point Assessment Organisation to secure the future of high-quality apprenticeships across the building services sector. It has handed over responsibility for ‘end point assessment’ (EPA) of building

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Recognising and supporting World Mental Health Day

Today is World Mental Health Day and FASET (Fall Arrest Safety Equipment Training) is delighted to recognise and support this fantastic initiative. The theme of 2022’s World Mental Health Day, set by the World Federation for Mental Health, is ‘Make mental

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Get your tickets for No Falls Foundation Charity Ball

With just a few weeks to go, tickets are still available for the annual No Falls Foundation Charity Ball, which will be held at Coombe Abbey Hotel on Saturday 29th October 2022. It promises to be a fantastic night of

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Benchmarking report finds construction industry delivered over £1bn in social and local economic value

Social Value Portal and SCAPE release findings The second Social Value in Construction Benchmarking Report has revealed that over £1bn of economic, social and environmental improvements were made by the UK construction industry last year. The report was compiled jointly by social

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500th FASET CSCS CARD ISSUED

FASET – Fall Arrest Safety Equipment Training – is proud to announce it has just issued its 500th FASET CSCS card. The FASET CSCS card is the result of a collaboration between FASET and the Construction Skills Certification Scheme (CSCS). CSCS

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BESA: “Energy efficiency should be part of growth plan”

The Building Engineering Services Association (BESA) has asked the government in the strongest terms to include reducing energy demand as part of its strategy for economic growth and review of net zero policy. It said a strong focus on energy saving could

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IOSH reopens research fund

In a bid to better understand the scope, reach and effectiveness of health and safety provision around the world, The Institution of Occupational Safety and Health (IOSH) has reopened its research fund. It is calling for research proposals which explore and

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ESOS phase 3 – everything you need to know

Energy Savings Opportunity Scheme (ESOS) from the government aims to boost the energy efficiency of UK businesses. It’s a mandatory programme that applies to larger UK companies with a specified turnover and headcount. As part of ESOS, qualifying businesses must

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UK Real Living Wage increases to £10.90 as the cost-of-living rises

Just under 400,000 people working for over 11,000 real Living Wage Employers throughout the country are set for a vital cost-of-living pay boost, as the new Living Wage rates rise to £10.90 an hour across the UK (£1 increase), and

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CSCS Chief Executive to take part in CEO Sleepout

Sean Kearns, the Chief Executive of CSCS, is to participate in a CEO Sleepout on Monday 21st November 2022 at Lord’s Cricket Ground in London. Sean is raising funds jointly for the London Irish Foundation and the CEO Sleepout, which supports charities across the

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0.8% decrease in construction output in volume terms in July 2022

Following the 1.4% decrease in June 2022, monthly construction output decreased 0.8% in volume terms in July 2022; this is the second consecutive decrease in monthly construction output after seven consecutive months of growth. The decrease in monthly construction output

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Working at height – the law

As the trade association and training body for the safety netting and temporary safety systems industry, FASET is pleased to share the following on the Work at Height Regulations from the Health and Safety Executive (HSE). The purpose of The Work

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Letter from IOSH to new Prime Minister requesting action

The Institution of Occupational Safety and Health (IOSH) has written to the UK’s new Prime Minister, Liz Truss, highlighting ‘3 Key Areas for Action’ to support UK workers, in a letter to the new Prime Minister. Referring to “an increasingly uncertain labour

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Building design report outlines priorities for specifiers

We are pleased to share the following findings of a research project conducted in June 2022 by PlanRadar  into future trends, priorities and strategies for architecture according to leading industry voices in 12 countries. This piece, directly from PlanRadar, outlines

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President of BESA urges building retrofit programme to support Truss plan

The President of the Building Engineering Services Association (BESA) says the UK must now embark on a comprehensive programme of energy efficiency and low carbon building improvements to ensure the government’s Energy Price Guarantee scheme paves the way for a long-term solution

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IPAF for Contractors

We at FASET are pleased to share the following link to a re-formatted page with information on IPAF for contractors: https://www.ipaf.org/en-gb/ipaf-contractors IPAF is the International Powered Access Federation. The organisation promotes the safe and effective use of powered access equipment worldwide

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FASET – working towards eliminating accidents at height

Falls from height are still the leading cause of death in the workplace; by producing the highest-quality training, courses and guidance, FASET is working towards eliminating accidents that occur at height on construction sites.In order to stay at the leading edge

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NHS Open Space adds more flexible spaces to booking platform

NHS Open Space, developed by NHS Property Services (NHSPS), has expanded its flexible booking of NHS space across the NHS estate – offering communities a wide range of services from their local NHS hubs. As NHS Open Space grows and welcomes

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MPs to launch inquiry into cleaning and hygiene during COVID-19 pandemic

On September 6th, MPs will begin a highly significant inquiry into the role of cleaning and hygiene, and the associated challenges, during the Covid-19 pandemic. The All-Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) for the Cleaning and Hygiene Industry will commence the much-needed

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BESA surprised at missed opportunity in pollution law changes

The Building Engineering Services Association (BESA) says it is surprised that the changes to pollution laws announced by the government don’t factor in the importance of indoor air quality (IAQ) and do not reflect the latest advice from the World Health

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Concerns over hygiene put a third of workers off returning to the office

New research from leading workspace cleaning and hygiene firm, OSCFM (Office Space Cleaning Facilities Management), has revealed some of the biggest office hygiene gripes amongst UK workers. In recent months, concerns around COVID have been blamed for hesitancy among workers

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Cluttons: “Businesses must act now or face losing thousands in rates savings dating back to 1 April 2017.”

Business owners have recently had to deal with a global pandemic coupled accelerating structural changes, particularly in retail. Government pledges and rate reliefs only go so far in helping. Now, as the extended rating list cycle is coming to an

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CSCS Smart Check: FASET training course expiry dates

CSCS Smart Check – which was developed by the thirty-eight card schemes displaying the CSCS logo – allows those responsible for checking cards to verify over two million construction workers training and qualifications using a single app. Having already improved card

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Update on Building Safety Act

The #BuildingSafetyAct makes ground-breaking reforms to give residents and homeowners more rights, powers, and protections – so homes across the country are safer. Build UK, the leading representative organisation for the UK construction industry, tweeted yesterday that with the Building

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Saltire Facilities Management provides 200 temporary homes for those fleeing Ukraine war

Saltire Facilities Management has secured a contract by North Lanarkshire Council to provide electrical services in 200 homes in Coatbridge and Wishaw. On completion of the refurbishment of these 200 homes, Ukrainian families will be able to move out of hotel

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UK Health, Safety and Environment Director appointed at Balfour Beatty

Balfour Beatty, the international infrastructure group, has appointed Lee Hewitt as UK Health, Safety and Environment Director. Lee will take up his new role on 5 September, following Heather Bryant retiring on 18 November, having spent eight years at Balfour

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Five new carbon champions for CLC’s Construct Zero campaign

More well-known UK construction companies have committed to help drive carbon out of the industry as part of the Construction Leadership Council’s CO2nstruct Zero campaign. CO2nstruct Zero brings together businesses from across the sector to deliver the change needed to

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Jorvik Safety Netting Ltd becomes FASET member

FASET is delighted to welcome Jorvik Safety Netting Ltd as its newest member. The company provides safety netting for construction sites – one of the vital ways in which workers are protected while carrying out tasks at height. Like all

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FREE guidance for the Planning, Design, Construction and Maintenance of Tall Buildings

We are pleased to share the following from the Construction Health & Safety Group (CHSG) by lead author Martin Lovegrove, CONIAC Managing Risk Well Working Group, Berkeley Group, and CHSG Vice Chairman, with the assistance of the Construction Industry Advisory

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Construction product availability statement from the CLC

We are pleased to share the following statement from John Newcomb, CEO of the Builders Merchants Federation and Peter Caplehorn, CEO of the Construction Products Association, co-chairs of the Construction Leadership Council’s Product Availability working group With one or two

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Everything Net Zero – an introduction

Everything Net Zero has been established to provide those in the public sector charged with meeting their organisations’ net zero targets with a dynamic, compliant and innovative supply chain marketplace. It provides end-to-end, depth and breadth solutions covering everything from;

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Global safety body warns it’s time for action on asbestos

The Institution of Occupational Safety and Health (IOSH) has asked the British Government to work with policy makers, regulators, employers and worker representatives to increase awareness about asbestos. After the Government rejected a recommendation by the Work and Pensions Committee to

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Launch of safety checklist to help firms cope with new laws

A checklist of key actions has been published to help building owners and operators prepare for the radical health and safety changes contained in the Building Safety Act. New legislation, which came into force last month, is set to transform

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Building owner jailed after worker left paralysed

While the following is a tragic story, we at FASET feel it is important to raise awareness so that as an industry, we can try to ensure there is never a repeat of such accidents. A building owner has been

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FASET updates training to ensure user safety

FASET has long been a foundation in supporting its members with expert quality guidance, dedicated working at height training to ensure operatives have the safest possible way of working. Falls from height are still the leading cause of death in

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Legionella bacteria warning for commercial buildings and workplaces

With the current UK heatwave peaking today as temperatures surge above 40 degrees Celsius in parts of the UK, IWS Water Hygiene is issuing an increased legionella bacteria warning to workplace and commercial building owners and facilities managers. The combination of rising

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Crown Censure issued to MoD by HSE after Marine recruit died during an exercise

As the established trade association and training body for the safety netting and temporary safety systems industry, FASET exists to protect the health and safety of those working at height in the construction and FM sectors. We take a keen

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Caution: the sun can blind workers to skin cancer threat

As the UK is in the midst of a heatwave, a leading body for workplace safety and health has alerted employers and outdoor workers to the very real health dangers of getting sunburn. The Institution of Occupational Safety and Health

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Workplace fatality figures released

In Great Britain in the last year, one hundred and twenty-three workers were killed in work-related accidents. That startling statistic comes from figures published on Wednesday 6th July by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE). The annual data release covers

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Second UK ESG annual report published by CBRE

CBRE, the global real estate adviser, has published its Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) annual report for its UK Advisory Business. Following up on last year’s inaugural report, it provides an update on CBRE’s ESG strategy and insights into People, Planet and

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CLC confirms Mark Reynolds as new Co-Chair

As the established trade association and training body for the safety netting and temporary safety systems industry, FASET exists to protect the health and safety of those working at height in the construction and FM sectors. We take a keen

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Women ‘pioneers and innovators’ celebrated by BESA

BESA (The Building Engineering Services Association) marked this year’s International Women in Engineering Day (INWED) with a celebration of the important role played by women in the past, present and future of building services. It featured a series of ‘guest blogs’ during the week

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Revdek Safety Decking Systems Ltd becomes FASET member

FASET is delighted to welcome Revdek Safety Decking Systems Ltd (Revdek) as its newest member. Revdek is a manufacturer of safety decking platforms. Consolidating 25 years of experience within its team, Revdek has developed a safety decking system that offers

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“We agree to the need tougher ventilation rules” – BESA

The hard-hitting government commissioned report calling for buildings to be made more infection resilient through the imposition of higher ventilation standards has received wholehearted support from the Building Engineering Services Association (BESA). The report, which was requested by the government’s

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CIEH asks HSE for better collaboration with local authorities

The Chartered Institute of Environmental Health has expressed disappointment about the lack of engagement from the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) around its new 10-year strategy. The Strategy sets out HSE’s strategic direction for the next decade, citing that protecting people

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RoSPA Order of Distinction (20 consecutive Golds) Award for Mears Group PLC

An internationally-recognised award for demonstrating high health and safety standards has given Mears Group cause for great celebration. Mears has received a RoSPA Order of Distinction (20 consecutive Golds) Health and Safety Award for working hard to ensure our colleagues

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New report from ukactive shows radical rethink required to boost health and productivity across UK workforce

ukactive has called for a radical rethink of health incentivisation in the workplace, including expanding the Cycle to Work scheme to cover gym memberships and equipment as more people work from home, in a new report published today (8 June).

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Higher-Risk Building Regulations – consultation launched

The Department of Levelling Up, Housing and Communities has published a consultation on the Higher-Risk Building (Descriptions and Supplementary Provisions) Regulations. This consultation is the first in a series of consultations on regulations which sit under the Building Safety Act

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Two men sentenced after worker suffers fatal injuries after falling through fragile roof

As the established trade association and training body for the safety netting and temporary safety systems industry, FASET exists to protect the health and safety of those working at height in the construction and FM sectors. We take a keen

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Technology combined with behavioural science reduces energy consumption by 20%

An Environment Audit Committee (EAC) report has called for whole-life carbon assessments for larger buildings – something which Cloud Facilities Management wholeheartedly welcomes. The report, ‘Building to net zero: costing carbon in construction’, published by MPs, criticises the government for

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Andy Access campaign from IPAF

As the established trade association and training body for the safety netting and temporary safety systems industry, FASET exists to protect the health and safety of those working at height in the construction and FM sectors. We take a keen

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Environmental Audit Committee report welcomed by UKGBC

The UK Green Building Council (UKGBC) has welcomed the Environmental Audit Committee’s new report ‘Sustainability of the Built Environment’, which calls on the Government to stop “dragging its feet” and regulate the building industry to reduce carbon emissions from the

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Construction Leadership Council Acts to Ease Impact of Construction Inflation

As the established trade association and training body for the safety netting and temporary safety systems industry, FASET exists to protect the health and safety of those working at height in the construction and FM sectors. We take a keen

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HSE respiratory health site inspection initiative for the construction sector

On Thursday 26th May, the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) issued an eBulletin communicating that there will be site inspections across Great Britain throughout June 2022. The visits are an integral part of HSE’s wider-phased, strategic plan developed to improve

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ROSPA award win Compass

As the established trade association and training body for the safety netting and temporary safety systems industry, FASET exists to protect the health and safety of those working at height in the construction and FM sectors. We take a keen

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Scheme launched by London Mayor to get pupils interested in infrastructure jobs

Sadiq Khan, the Mayor of London, has launched a primary school outreach programme that will showcase potential career paths in the infrastructure and construction sectors to pupils across London. In partnership with the London Infrastructure Group (LIG) and the Mayor’s Workforce

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Government reveals ambitious plans for fire reform

The government has set out its most comprehensive plans for fire reform in decades in its Fire Reform White Paper, which will help strengthen the emergency services and seek to ensure people feel safer in their homes. Today (18 May),

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IRC, S.A. becomes FASET member

FASET is pleased to welcome IRC, S.A. as its newest member. Headquartered in Alicante, Spain, the company is a manufacturer of nets for use in a variety of industries including construction safety nets. IRC’s are manufactured to meet the European Standard EN-1263-1.

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ASFP expands range of guidance documents

The Association for Specialist Fire Protection (ASFP) has released three new and three updated documents. The new Advisory Notes 27, 28 and 29 offer advice on particular issues of concern to the industry. Advisory Note 27 provides advice on the structural fire

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Safety, Health and Wellbeing Live

As the established trade association and training body for the safety netting and temporary safety systems industry, we are pleased to share information about Safety, Health & Wellbeing Live in Manchester. Safety, Health and Wellbeing Live’s Manchester event is taking place

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“Healthy building strategies need to be a priority post pandemic” – Sodexo

During the last two years personal health and wellbeing has become an increasingly important topic. This is of course in the context of a global pandemic and a shift in the way many of us work. The primary concern has

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The CSCS Smart Check is already raising standards

The CSCS Smart Check app, which was launched in April, is already improving site safety and card checking procedures on UK construction sites. Developed by the 38 schemes displaying the CSCS logo, CSCS Smart Check allows those responsible for checking cards to

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Construction Product Availability Statement

At FASET, we aim to keep up to date with all the latest news that is relevant to our industry, and we are pleased to share the following statement from John Newcomb, CEO of the Builders Merchants Federation and Peter

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LondonEnergy receives RoSPA Gold Award

At FASET, we aim to keep up to date with all the latest news that is relevant to our industry. We are pleased to share the following good news story about health and safety excellence. LondonEnergy has been awarded the

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Accelerating industry action on commercial retrofit – guide from UKGBC

The issue of retrofitting the UK’s poorly performing commercial buildings has been addressed with the publication of a guide from the UK Green Building Council (UKGBC) designed to support industry. From 2025, every commercial building in the UK will require

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Building Safety Act already having a big impact on the industry

The Building Safety Act, which was given royal assent, is already changing the industry, according to the Building Engineering Services Association (BESA). The secondary legislation needed to turn the main proposals of the Act into specific legal measures are already

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FASET, the AIF and the Home Builders Federation Collaborate on Height Safety Guidance

As a further initiative towards World Day for Safety and Health at Work 2022, FASET has worked closely with the Home Builders Federation and the Access Industry Forum (AIF) to produce a series of digital toolbox talks and guidance documents

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World Day for Safety and Health at Work

Today, the International Labour Organisation (ILO) marks its World Day for Safety and Health at Work. As the established trade association and training body for the safety netting and temporary safety systems industry, FASET is pleased to observe this day.

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Asbestos toxic legacy must be tackled – British Safety Council chairman

Peter McGettrick, Chairman of British Safety Council, made the following comment on a report by the Work and Pensions Select Committee, calling for asbestos to be removed from all public and commercial buildings within 40 years: “Just because asbestos use

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World Day for Safety and Health at Work – the approach of FASET and our members

On 28th April, the International Labour Organisation (ILO) marks its World Day for Safety and Health at Work. As the established trade association and training body for the safety netting and temporary safety systems industry, FASET is pleased to observe

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World Day for Safety and Health at Work – 28th April

World Day for Safety and Health at Work – 28th April As the established trade association and training body for the safety netting and temporary safety systems industry, FASET is delighted to observe that on 28th April, the International Labour

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CLC’s Construction Product Availability Statement

At FASET, we aim to keep up to date with all the latest news that is relevant to our industry. We are pleased to share the following statement from John Newcomb, CEO of the Builders Merchants Federation and Peter Caplehorn,

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Introducing Infinity’s environmentally friendly fleet

Norse employees working for Infinity may now be undertaking their vital property compliance and maintenance work from new, much more environmentally friendly vans. Dean Kendall, Head of Infinity, said the 22 new Ford Transit Custom vans all met the latest

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UK Government’s Net Zero Innovation Portfolio receives pioneering acceleration support from Mott MacDonald

Mott MacDonald has been appointed by the UK Government’s Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) to provide acceleration support for up to 200 small and medium-sized enterprises as part of the UK’s £1bn Net Zero Innovation Portfolio. The

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Amendments to PPE at work regulations – now in effect

The amended PPE regulations came into effect last week. This article from the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) explains the scope of the changes. Amended regulations On 6 April 2022 the Personal Protective Equipment at Work (Amendment) Regulations 2022 (PPER 2022) came

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Unique partnership launched to tackle biodiversity challenges in urban environments

Canary Wharf Group (“CWG”), the UK’s largest sustainable developer, has announced the first partnership of its kind with the Eden Project (“Eden”), to create a model of how biodiversity can thrive in urban environments. The unique and ground-breaking partnership will

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ISS wins nine Gold RoSPA Awards for health and safety achievements

As the trade association and training body for the safety netting and temporary safety systems industry, FASET is pleased to bring you this story about ISS’s success in winning nine Gold RoSPA Awards. Four ISS contracts and five ISS operating

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IPAF SUMMIT 2022 DESCRIBES THE ‘EVOLUTION OF SAFETY’

Around 350 attendees at the 2022 Summit of the International Powered Access Federation (IPAF), at the Millennium Gloucester Hotel, Kensington, London, on 10 March 2022, heard presentations on the theme of “The Evolution of Safety”. The IPAF Summit 2022 marked

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Bellrock awarded second consecutive RoSPA Gold Award

Congratulations to Bellrock Property & Facilities Management, who have been awarded the RoSPA Gold Award for Health and Safety Achievements for a second year running for 2022. RoSPA Health and Safety Awards are the most sought-after accolade by organisations from every

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Site Operating Procedures and the Use of Face Coverings in Construction

We are pleased to keep up to date with the latest site operating procedures for construction, issued by the Construction Leadership Council (CLC) in line with COVID recommendations. As per the Government’s Living with COVID-19 plan, the Working Safely During Coronavirus guidance,

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The Latest Construction Product Availability Statement

At FASET, we aim to keep up to date with all the latest news that is relevant to our industry. We are pleased to share the following statement from John Newcomb, CEO of the Builders Merchants Federation and Peter Caplehorn,

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BSI Identify – Update on Product Traceability

BSI Identify – the only registration agency authorised to provide construction product IDs – is using a unique digital identification service that uses Digital Object Identifier (DOI) technology to provide manufacturers with a single place to add and maintain their

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EMCOR UK Awarded International Safety Award

EMCOR UK has won an International Safety Award from the British Safety Council in recognition of its commitment to keeping its workers and workplaces healthy and safe. EMCOR UK is one of only 135 organisations globally to be awarded a

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CLC Taskforce Marks Second Anniversary

The Construction Leadership Council’s taskforce continues to unite the industry to face emerging challenges and opportunities for industry transformation as it reached its second birthday today (23 March 2022). The Taskforce, which brings together representatives from organisations across construction, was

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Personal protective equipment (PPE) at work regulations from 6 April 2022

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) has a page on its website explaining changes to the scope of the PPE Regulations which apply from 6 April 2022: https://www.hse.gov.uk/ppe/ppe-regulations-2022.htm Amended regulations On 6 April 2022 the Personal Protective Equipment at Work (Amendment)

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British Council for Offices calls on businesses to include active commuting in ESG policies to combat carbon emissions

Putting active commuting at the heart of ESG policies can shift commuters towards more sustainable forms of travel, improve individual health and wellbeing and help companies cut carbon emissions, new research from the British Council for Offices (BCO) has found.

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BESA calls for compromise in safety insurance row

Contractors and insurers must work together to ensure the rising cost of professional indemnity insurance does not undermine efforts to improve building safety, according to the Building Engineering Services Association (BESA). The Association fears that the growing controversy around proposed

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Monthly Construction Output Increased by 1.1% in January 2022

We are pleased to share the following good news story from the Construction Leadership council (CLC). Headline figures for January 2022: Monthly construction output increased by 1.1% in volume terms in January 2022 and is now at its highest level

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Construction Product Availability Statement

We are pleased to share the following statement from John Newcomb, CEO of the Builders Merchants Federation and Peter Caplehorn, CEO of the Construction Products Association, co-chairs of the Construction Leadership Council’s Product Availability working group. A mild winter has

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A third of businesses plan to scrap self-isolation for workers

New research suggests that many British employers won’t require staff who test positive for Covid-19 to self-isolate at home once any remaining legal restrictions are lifted. A poll of 250 business owners, CEOs and senior managers, by HR software provider CIPHR,

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Slips, trips and falls – behaviour and culture

As the trade association and training body for the safety netting and temporary safety systems industry, FASET aims to keep right up to date with the latest news from around the construction industry. We are pleased to share the following

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Available from April: cscs.uk.com/smartcheck

In December the CSCS announced the new CSCS Smart Check app, developed by the 38 card schemes displaying the CSCS logo. It is set to radically improve the construction industry’s card checking procedures and site safety. The partnership between FASET and

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Transforming Construction Challenge Set to Revolutionise the Industry

For the past four years, the Transforming Construction Challenge (TCC) has brought industry and government together to pilot and test a range of innovations that will revolutionise the construction industry. New approaches include platform systems, manufacturing methods, robotic technology, digital

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Company fined after electrician died following fall from crane platform

As the trade association and training body for the safety netting and temporary safety systems industry, FASET aims to keep right up to date with the latest news from around the construction industry. We are pleased to share the following

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CLC looks for new co-chair

The Construction Leadership Council (CLC) is looking for a new co-chair as Andy Mitchell is stepping down. Andy will leave the post in Spring. Accordingly, the CLC has put up a job application for his replacement, and an accompanying description.

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THE NO FALLS FOUNDATION SUPPORTER SCHEME

FASET has become an official supporter of No Falls Foundation, the charity dedicated to the work at height sector. The Foundation is striving for a world where everyone who works at height comes back down safely. That’s why we joined

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£300m boost for climate-friendly heating in Scotland

Homes and commercial properties across Scotland will benefit from the establishment of a new £300 million fund supporting the development and roll out of zero emission heat networks. Zero Carbon Buildings Minister Patrick Harvie announced the new Heat Network Fund

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Mayor consults Londoners on new guidance to improve fire safety

The Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan is spearheading vital fire safety improvements in the capital, launching a full public consultation on innovative draft guidance to ensure all new developments are designed with the highest standards of fire safety from the earliest

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Gove to protect leaseholders with new laws

New measures have been unveiled by Secretary of State for Levelling Up Michael Gove that will force industry to pay to remove cladding and protect leaseholders from exorbitant costs. For those in industry not doing the right thing, the government

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NEBOSH and the Health and Safety Executive join forces to tackle one of the main causes of musculoskeletal disorders

NEBOSH and Great Britain’s health and safety regulator, the Health and Safety Executive (HSE), have partnered to develop a new qualification aimed at preventing one of the main causes of musculoskeletal disorders; manual handling. Musculoskeletal disorders (MSDs) accounted for 8.9million

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DHF launches new Technical Specifications

As the trade association and training body for the safety netting and temporary safety systems industry, FASET aims to keep right up to date with the latest news from around the construction industry. We are pleased to share the following

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AIF launches Access Platform Decking Systems Toolbox Talks with HBF

Following the success of the ladder and stepladder safety toolbox talks released last year, a series of new toolbox talks focusing on the safe use of access platform decking systems have been released. The new resources, created by the Access

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SHE technician apprenticeship uptake increases by 50%

As the trade association and training body for the safety netting and temporary safety systems industry, FASET aims to keep right up to date with the latest news from around the construction industry. We are pleased to share the following

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CLC sets out its plans for construction in 2022

As the trade association and training body for the safety netting and temporary safety systems industry, FASET aims to keep right up to date with the latest news from around the construction industry. We are pleased to share the following

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The Use of Face Coverings in Construction during Coronavirus (COVID-19)

As the trade association and training body for the safety netting and temporary safety systems industry, FASET aims to keep right up to date with the latest news from around the construction industry. We are pleased to share the following

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Safety cases for high-rise buildings: a summary

As the trade association and training body for the safety netting and temporary safety systems industry, FASET aims to keep right up to date with the latest news from around the construction industry. This includes the physical and mental well-being

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MOBILE TOWER FALL DEATH: BACKGROUND TO A TRAGEDY

The following news story, published on the IOSH website, is a stark reminder of the great dangers of working at height and the vital importance of taking the proper approach to safety when using access equipment such as mobile towers.

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CSCS Smart Check app | January 2022 update

The CSCS Smart Check app has been developed by the 38 card schemes displaying the CSCS logo, of which the FASET CSCS card is one. The app is set to radically improve the construction industry’s card checking procedures and site safety.

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APPRENTICE INCENTIVE SCHEME

Businesses hiring an apprentice before 31 January can claim a £3,000 incentive payment as part of the Government’s expanded Plan for Jobs. To receive the payment, employers must submit applications individually using their apprenticeship service account: https://www.apprenticeships.gov.uk/employers/create-apprenticeship-service-account By creating an

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Construction company and director sentenced for multiple safety failings

An Irvine-based construction company and its director have been sentenced after multiple health and safety failings, giving rise to significant risk, were found on a house build site in Irvine. Kilmarnock Sheriff Court heard how three inspections by the Health

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England returns to Plan A following the success of the booster programme

Yesterday the Prime Minister confirmed ‘Plan B’ restrictions in England will end next Wednesday 26 January. People will no longer be advised to work from home, face coverings will no longer be mandatory in indoor venues, and organisations will be

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Construction worker dies after falling from tower

The following news story, published on the HSE website, is a stark reminder of the great dangers of working at height and the vital importance of taking the proper approach to safety when using access equipment. A construction company has

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Building materials and components: monthly statistics

We are pleased to share the following release from the department for business, energy and industrial strategy’s (BEIS), which presents the latest detailed information on selected building materials and contains monthly data on price indices, bricks, cement and concrete blocks.

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South Yorkshire businesses targeted for health and safety inspection

We are pleased to share the following story from the Health and Safety Executive (HSE). Britain’s workplace regulator is set to clamp down on businesses in Sheffield and Rotherham after a sharp increase in the number of serious and fatal

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Housing secretary tells developers to remove unsafe cladding from lower-height buildings

FASET is pleased to report on the following government initiative designed to increase safety in residential tower buildings. In an ultimatum issued by Housing Secretary Michael Gove, property developers have until March to agree a system of payments to fix

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New Covid flowchart for industry

The Omicrom variant of Covid has seen over 200,000 new cases of the virus on a daily basis in the UK. While the prime minister is being cautious about bringing in new measures, we at FASET are pleased to share

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Aim to create a ‘Gold Standard’ in public sector construction frameworks.

FASET is pleased to share the following post from Build UK for the interest of our members and website visitors. The Cabinet Office UK has published an independent review by Professor Mosey which seeks to create a new ‘Gold Standard’

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Demolition work must be properly planned and managed to prevent serious injury

Great Britain’s workplace regulator is asking demolition and construction firms to double-down on thorough planning, management and control of demolition and refurbishment work. The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) is asking that businesses properly plan, organise, manage, and monitor their

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Construction Product Availability Statement

We are pleased to share the following story from the Construction Leadership Council (CLC), whose mission is to provide sector leadership to the construction industry. Statement from John Newcomb, CEO of the Builders Merchants Federation and Peter Caplehorn, CEO of

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FASET AGM raises over £1,000 for charities

The FASET AGM took place on 25th November 2021 at a hugely enjoyable event which also included the FASET Annual Awards. The event, at the stunning Tewkesbury Park in the Cotswolds, gathered charitable donations for two wonderful charities: Mates in

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HSE publishes annual work-related ill-health, injury and enforcement statistics for 2020/21

As the trade association and training body for the safety netting and temporary safety systems industry, FASET aims to keep right up to date with the latest news from around the construction industry. We are therefore pleased to share the

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New CSCS Smart Check app to revolutionise card verification procedures

A new app, developed by the 38 card schemes displaying the CSCS logo, is set to radically improve the construction industry’s card checking procedures and site safety. The CSCS Smart Check app represents a major step forward as, for the

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CONSTRUCTION OUTPUT RECORDS LARGEST MONTHLY DECLINE SINCE APRIL 2020

The Office for National Statistics has published an estimate of  construction output for October 2021: Construction output fell 1.8% in volume terms in October 2021, this is the largest monthly decline since April 2020 when output fell by 41.7%; new

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HSE ISSUES GUIDANCE FOR MANAGING HOME WORKERS

We are pleased to share the following short story, first published by the Institute of Occupational Safety and Health (IOSH). Great Britain’s safety regulator, the Health and Safety Executive (HSE), has released new guidance on managing home workers’ health and

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Ladder Association embarks on Surveillance Survey to root out dangerous ladders!

We are pleased to share the following story from The Ladder Association, which is allied to our aim of reducing and eventually eliminating falls from height. The Ladder Association, in partnership with Trading Standards departments across the East of England,

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Government Kickstart Scheme – funding deadline approaching

Businesses have until Friday 17 December to apply for funding through the Kickstart Scheme. The scheme is running until March 2022 to provide funding to create new jobs for 16 to 24 year olds on Universal Credit who are at

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HSE Chair Sarah Newton on mental health and the Working Minds campaign

As the trade association and training body for the safety netting and temporary safety systems industry, FASET aims to keep right up to date with the latest news from around the construction industry. This includes the physical and mental well-being

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Construction Product Availability Statement

As the trade association and training body for the safety netting and temporary safety systems industry, FASET aims to keep right up to date with the latest news from around the construction industry. We are pleased to share the following

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APPG report: October 2021

As the trade association and training body for the safety netting and temporary safety systems industry, FASET keeps up with the latest news and developments relating to construction and working at height. We would like to share the following article,

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Trailer manufacturing company fined after worker fell from height

As the trade association and training body for the safety netting and temporary safety systems industry, FASET keeps up with the latest news and developments relating to construction and working at height. We would like to share the following story

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FASET 2021 Award Winners Announced at Long-Awaited AGM

The FASET Annual Awards 2021 were unveiled at the trade body’s successful and hugely enjoyable AGM and social event on Thursday 25th November. Once again the event took place at the outstanding Tewkesbury Park in the Cotswolds – following the

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Director sentenced for failing to comply with HSE enforcement notices

As the trade association and training body for the safety netting and temporary safety systems industry, FASET keeps up with the latest news and developments relating to construction and working at height. We would like to share the following story

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FASET is pleased to share the following from one of its valued member organisations , the International Powered Access Federation (IPAF). IPAF’s #MEWPs for Managers eLearning course is aimed at those who plan, supervise or manage work at height with Mobile Elevating

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ATLAS Takes You on a Journey Through 75 Years of History

FASET is pleased to share the following story which was originally published on the website of one of our partners, the Access and Industry Forum (https://accessindustryforum.org.uk/). 2021 marks the 75th year of the Association of Technical Lightning & Access Specialists

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HSE Digital MAC, ART and RAPP Tools

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE)’s digital MAC, ART and RAPP tools are available for employers, safety representatives and assessors to use now. The HSE has released digital versions of the Manual Handling Assessment Charts (MAC), Assessment of Repetitive Tasks

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Scaffold Inspection Course dates during autumn and winter

As the trade association and training body for the safety netting and temporary safety systems industry, FASET keeps up with the latest news and developments relating to construction and working at height. We are pleased to share the following scaffold

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Thursday is Built Environment Day at COP26.

As the trade association and training body for the safety netting and temporary safety systems industry, FASET keeps up with the latest news and developments relating to construction and working at height. With COP26 currently taking place in Glasgow, the

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Three Reasons To Book An SMSTS Or SSSTS Training Course

As the trade association and training body for the safety netting and temporary safety systems industry, FASET is pleased to share the following release from the website of the CHSG (Construction Health & Safety Group) Whether you’re just about to

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£40K FINE IN CASE OF WAREHOUSE OPERATIVE’S 5M LADDER FALL

As the trade association and training body for the safety netting and temporary safety systems industry, FASET aims to keep right up to date with the latest news from around the construction industry. We are pleased to share the following

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Carbon Reduction Code for the Built Environment Launched

The sign-up process for the Carbon Reduction Code for the Built Environment has been launched along with publication of Issue 2021:2 of the Code. Issue 2021:2 reflects industry feedback following the launch of the Code  in June. The Code webpages

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Construction leads on adopting a SOS Hand Signal for victims of modern slavery

As the trade association and training body for the safety netting and temporary safety systems industry, FASET aims to keep right up to date with the latest news from around the construction industry. We are pleased to share the following

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Construction Product Availability Statement

As the trade association and training body for the safety netting and temporary safety systems industry, FASET aims to keep right up to date with the latest news from around the construction industry. We are pleased to share the following

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Red diesel: FAQ

As the trade association and training body for the safety netting and temporary safety systems industry, FASET aims to keep right up to date with the latest news from around the construction industry. BuildUK has published a series of FAQs

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Company fined after employee sustains serious injuries in fall from height

As the trade association and training body for the safety netting and temporary safety systems industry, FASET aims to keep right up to date with the latest news from around the construction industry. The Health and Safety Executive (HSE), Britain’s

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Announcement – GSA Assessments

Since the start of the FASET Training and Assessment scheme back in the early 2000s, the cost of the certification of GSA Assessments undertaken every five years when obtaining or renewing qualifications has remained unchanged at £30. The costs of

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ONS reports construction output falls 0.2%

A fall of 0.2% in construction output to £14.2bn in August 2021 can be explained by a combination of supply chain blockages, product shortages and price rises, according to the latest data released by the Office for National Statistics (ONS).

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Balfour Beatty Launches Roadmap towards a Zero Carbon Construction Site

As the trade association and training body for the safety netting and temporary safety systems industry, FASET aims to keep right up to date with the latest news from around the construction industry. We are pleased to share the following

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TG20:13 Support to be Withdrawn

The National Access and Scaffolding Confederation (NASC) has released a statement informing users of TG20:13 that technical support for this scaffolding software will be withdrawn by NASC from Tuesday 12th October 2021, six months after its launch. From this day

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Sole trader who repaired agricultural and industrial sheds fined after worker injured

As the trade association and training body for the safety netting and temporary safety systems industry, FASET aims to keep right up to date with the latest news from around the construction industry. The Health and Safety Executive (HSE), Britain’s

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IPAF OFFERS NEW MEMBERSHIP CATEGORY FOR SAFETY PROFESSIONALS

The International Powered Access Federation (IPAF) has launched a new type of membership, the Safety Professional member category, aimed at those in health & safety or related supervisory roles within powered access or wider end-use sectors. The new membership category

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Safety in Construction Show

Now in its third year, the Safety in Construction Show features a highly regarded seminar programme and broad range of solutions from the best suppliers in the construction safety and wellbeing field. The event is being hosted at Holywell Park

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Free webinar: data solutions to solve health and safety challenges

On 19 October at 10.30, at a free webinar, a panel of HSE experts and collaborators will present how the HSE aims to use data and analytical techniques to provide new insights and approaches to help reduce injuries and fatalities from

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Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme Ends This Week

As Tweeted by Build UK, the leading representative organisation for the UK construction industry, the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme ends this week, after 18 months. Claims for September must be made by 11:59pm on 14th October, with any amendments submitted

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Construction Product Availability: 22 September 2021

FASET, as the trade association and training body for the safety netting and temporary safety systems industry, occupies a vital part in the supply chain for construction workers who work at height. We take a keen interest in the latest

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CCS welcomes launch of Code for Construction Product Information to raise standards

FASET, as the trade association and training body for the safety netting and temporary safety systems industry, occupies a vital part in the supply chain for construction workers who work at height. We take a keen interest in the latest

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The 2021 National Infrastructure and Construction Pipeline

The 2021 National Infrastructure and Construction Pipeline sets out nearly £650 billion of public and private investment that the UK government states will transform people’s lives for decades to come. Across the UK, world-class infrastructure will act as the foundation

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FASET attends the Health and Safety Event at the NEC

From Tuesday 7th to Thursday 9th September, FASET attended the long-awaited Health and Safety Event at Birmingham’s NEC. The association was proud to represent the cause of improving workplace safety standards alongside our partners the Access Industry Forum (AIF). FASET

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Monthly construction output fell by 1.6% in July

The Construction Leadership Council (CLC) has reported that monthly construction output fell by 1.6% in July 2021, with the level of output now below its pre-coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic February 2020 level. New work, and repair and maintenance contributed to the

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CITB secures construction industry support for Levy Proposals

As the trade association and training body for the safety netting and temporary safety systems industry, FASET aims to keep right up to date with the latest news from around the construction industry. We are pleased to share the following

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HSE updates guidance on work-related road risk

As the trade association and training body for the safety netting and temporary safety systems industry, FASET aims to keep right up to date with the latest news from around the construction industry. The Health and Safety Executive (HSE), working

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FASET IS AT THE HEALTH AND SAFETY EVENT 2021

Today, FASET (Fall Arrest Safety Equipment Training) takes its place at the Health & Safety Event at the NEC in Birmingham. We are proud to represent the cause of improving workplace safety standards alongside our partners the Access Industry Forum

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BUILDING A SUSTAINABLE FUTURE – FREE CONSTRUCT ZERO YOUTH EVENT

As the trade association and training body for the safety netting and temporary safety systems industry, FASET aims to keep right up to date with the latest news from around the construction industry. The Construction Leadership Council (CLC) has put

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Construction output fell by 1.3% in June

As the trade association and training body for the safety netting and temporary safety systems industry, FASET aims to keep right up to date with the latest news from around the construction industry. It has been reported that monthly construction

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CONSTRUCTION WELCOMES DELAY TO UKCA PRODUCT MARKING CHANGES

As the trade association and training body for the safety netting and temporary safety systems industry, FASET aims to keep right up to date with the latest news from around the construction industry. We are pleased to share that the Construction

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Company fined after several workers contracted occupational disease

As the trade association and training body for the safety netting and temporary safety systems industry, FASET aims to keep right up to date with the latest news from around the construction industry. We are therefore pleased to share the

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Gearing up for the Health & Safety Event: 7th to 9th September

FASET (Fall Arrest Safety Equipment Training) is looking forward to taking its place at the Health & Safety Event at the NEC in Birmingham. We are proud to represent the cause of improving workplace safety standards alongside our partners the

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New NEBOSH qualification now accepted for Academically Qualified Person applications

As the trade association and training body for the safety netting and temporary safety systems industry, FASET aims to keep right up to date with the latest news from around the construction industry. We are therefore pleased to share the

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VACCINATION: KEY HR CONSIDERATIONS FOR EMPLOYERS

As the trade association and training body for the safety netting and temporary safety systems industry, FASET aims to keep right up to date with the latest news from around the construction industry, particularly regarding working safely at height, as

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BUILD UK PARTNERSHIP AIMS TO OPEN DOORS

As the trade association and training body for the safety netting and temporary safety systems industry, FASET aims to keep right up to date with the latest news from around the construction industry, particularly regarding working safely at height, adopting

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LADDER SAFETY TODAY: NEW GUIDANCE FOR EMPLOYERS

As the trade association and training body for the safety netting and temporary safety systems industry, FASET aims to keep right up to date with the latest safety guidance concerning all apparatus and equipment for working at height. We are

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ONESTOP SAFETY SOLUTIONS LTD BECOMES FASET MEMBER

FASET is pleased to welcome Onestop Safety Solutions Ltd as its newest member. Headquartered in Glasgow and part of the Onestop Group of companies, Onestop Safety Solutions design, manufacture and install bespoke work at height safety solutions and provide bespoke

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IPAF GLOBAL SAFETY REPORT

As the trade association and training body for the safety netting and temporary safety systems industry, FASET monitors the latest developments in the construction sector, particularly regarding worker health and safety, sustainability and equality. We are pleased to share the

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Construction activity holds up – July 2021

As the trade association and training body for the safety netting and temporary safety systems industry, FASET monitors the latest developments in the construction sector, particularly regarding worker health and safety, sustainability and equality. Build UK, the leading representative organisation

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KR SERVICES & SOLUTIONS LTD BECOMES FASET MEMBER

FASET is pleased to welcome KR Services & Solutions Ltd as its newest member. Headquartered in Aberdeenshire, Scotland, the company offers project management solutions for customers’ projects as well as supplying plant hire – with or without an operator –

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NASC PUBLISHES 2021 SAFETY REPORT

As the trade association and training body for the safety netting and temporary safety systems industry, FASET monitors the latest developments in the construction sector, particularly regarding worker health and safety, sustainability and equality. We are pleased to share the

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PASMA revamps Towers for Users training course

As the trade association and training body for the safety netting and temporary safety systems industry, FASET monitors the latest developments in the construction sector, particularly regarding worker health and safety, sustainability and equality. We are pleased to share the

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FASET CSCS cards – FREE transfers end tomorrow

The FASET CSCS card was launched on 1st February 2021 to all construction operatives who use temporary safety systems. For the last six months, everyone who works at height and uses equipment such as safety netting, edge protection., stair towers

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COVID-19 worker flowchart on when to self-isolate

As the trade association and training body for the safety netting and temporary safety systems industry, FASET monitors the latest developments in the construction sector, particularly regarding worker health and safety, sustainability and equality. We are pleased to share the

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Impact of Covid-19 on work under NEC4 Contracts Guidance

As the trade association and training body for the safety netting and temporary safety systems industry, FASET monitors the latest developments in the construction sector, particularly regarding worker health and safety, sustainability and equality. We are pleased to share the

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COVID-19 and the construction sector

As the trade association and training body for the safety netting and temporary safety systems industry, FASET monitors the latest developments in the construction sector, particularly regarding worker health and safety, sustainability and equality. It has been a week since

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CONSTRUCTION PRODUCT AVAILABILITY STATEMENT

As the trade association and training body for the safety netting and temporary safety systems industry, FASET monitors the latest developments in the construction sector, particularly regarding worker health and safety, sustainability and equality. The following statement is from John

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LEXiCON Methodology Consultation

As the trade association and training body for the safety netting and temporary safety systems industry, FASET monitors the latest developments in the construction sector, particularly regarding worker health and safety, sustainability and equality. We are pleased to issue the

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COVID-19 Site Operating Procedures ‘no longer current’

As the trade association and training body for the safety netting and temporary safety systems industry, FASET monitors the latest developments in the construction sector, particularly regarding worker health and safety, sustainability and equality. We are sharing the following statement

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Government confirms Roadmap will proceed on 19th July

Following final review of the data, the Prime Minister has confirmed that Step 4 of the Roadmap will proceed as planned on 19 July. On this date, most legal restrictions will end, removing social distancing and social contact restrictions and

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Construction output falls 0.8% in May

As the trade association and training body for the safety netting and temporary safety systems industry, FASET monitors the latest developments in the construction sector, particularly regarding worker health and safety, sustainability and equality. The Office for National Statistics has

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HSE releases annual workplace fatality figures for 2020/21

As the trade association and training body for the safety netting and temporary safety systems industry, FASET monitors the latest developments in the construction sector, particularly regarding worker health and safety, sustainability and equality. We are therefore sharing the following

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“Significant gap” in carbon understanding threatens net zero aspirations

74% of C-suite executives have an incomplete understanding of their company’s carbon footprint A third of C-suite executives have yet to appoint a head of sustainability (35%) or implement a green sourcing strategy (34%) 69% of C-suite executives said they

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Introduction of the Building Safety Bill

The Building Safety Bill was introduced to Parliament yesterday by the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government (MHCLG). The Building Safety Bill will implement recommendations made in Dame Judith Hackitt’s ‘Building a Safer Future’ report, which highlighted a need

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Brexit and the UK Adequacy Decision

As the trade association and training body for the safety netting and temporary safety systems industry, FASET monitors the latest developments in the construction sector, particularly regarding worker health and safety, sustainability and equality, environmental issues and the implications of

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Applications for the EU Settlement Scheme close today (30 June)

There is a pack for employers containing a range of resources that can be shared with employees to help them apply, which is hosted by Build UK – the leading representative organisation for the UK construction industry: https://builduk.org/wp-content/uploads/2021/04/EU-Settlement-Scheme-Employers-Guide.pdf The EU

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Construction and flexible working

The effects of the pandemic have been far-reaching and it has prompted a lot of workplaces to look again at flexible working. FASET monitors the latest developments in the construction sector, particularly regarding worker health and safety, sustainability and equality.

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Britain builds back: Construction will need 216,800 new workers by 2025 to meet demand

As the trade association and training body for the safety netting and temporary safety systems industry, FASET monitors the latest developments in the construction sector, particularly regarding worker health and safety, sustainability and equality. Construction Industry Training Board (CITB) has

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Commitment to achieving NetZero by 2050

As the trade association and training body for the safety netting and temporary safety systems industry, FASET monitors the latest developments in the construction sector, particularly regarding worker health and safety, sustainability and equality. We are therefore sharing the following

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CLC reminds businesses: Get Ready to Ensure Data Flows from the EU continue after 30 June 2021

Construction businesses are being encouraged by the CLC to ensure that they have adequate mitigation measures so that they may continue to transfer personal data between the EU and the UK after 30 June 2021 – whatever the case, the

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NHS Trust fined following failures to manage environmental risks

As the trade association and training body for the safety netting and temporary safety systems industry, FASET monitors the latest developments in the construction sector, particularly regarding worker health and safety, sustainability and equality. We are therefore sharing the following

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Delay to Roadmap out of Lockdown

As the trade association and training body for the safety netting and temporary safety systems industry, FASET monitors the latest developments in the construction sector, particularly regarding worker health and safety (and COVID), sustainability and equality. Earlier this week the

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‘No jab, no job’

As the trade association and training body for the safety netting and temporary safety systems industry, FASET monitors the latest developments in the construction sector, particularly regarding worker health and safety, sustainability and equality. We were interested to see that

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CONSTRUCTION OUTPUT FELL 2.0% IN APRIL 2021

The Construction Leadership Council (CLC) has reported that construction output fell 2.0% in April 2021 following a particularly strong increase in March (5.8%): output now stands above its pre-pandemic February level. New work continues to be subdued but the level

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CONSTRUCTION ACTIVITY REMAINS STEADY – MAY 2021

Build UK, the leading representative organisation for the UK construction industry, has released the latest information from the Builders’ Conference, which shows that the number of contracts awarded in May was above the monthly average for the last year, whilst

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CLC UPDATE ON BUILDING SAFETY

The Construction Leadership Council has issued a four-point bulletin on building safety. 1: Residential Property Developer Tax – Consultation opens Earlier this year the Government announced that it would introduce a new Residential Property Developer Tax as part of its Building Safety

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APPG Report

The All Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) on Working at Height was delighted to welcome Sarah Newton, chair of the HSE, and Dr Helen Bamforth, project director for the HSE’s Discovering Safety campaign, to its April meeting. This article was written

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UK & US COLLABORATE TO IMPROVE THE BUILT ENVIRONMENT

A Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) has been announced between representatives for the United Kingdom (UK) and the United States of America (U.S.) cementing a pledge to work together on the development of the US National Building Information Management (BIM) Program.

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FALL FROM HEIGHT LEADS TO FINE

As the trade association and training body for the safety netting and temporary safety systems industry, FASET monitors the latest developments in the construction sector, particularly regarding worker health and safety, sustainability and equality. We would like to share the

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LEARNING THE LESSONS FROM ACCIDENTS

We are pleased to share the following insight from Ray Cooke, Health and Safety Advisor for the No Falls Foundation. Ray spent 35 years with the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) and has a wealth of valuable experience to share

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CONSTRUCTION PRODUCT AVAILABILITY CONCERNS

FASET – Fall Arrest Safety Equipment Training – is sharing this story, which is likely to have an impact to a certain degree on most companies in the construction sector and its supply chain. A statement from John Newcomb, CEO

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Women in construction offer perspective on markets in UK and Sweden

As the trade association and training body for the safety netting and temporary safety systems industry, FASET monitors the latest developments in the construction sector, particularly regarding worker health and safety, sustainability and equality. We are pleased to share the

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CONTRACTORS FINED AFTER WORKER INJURED BY DROPPED LOAD

FASET – Fall Arrest Safety Equipment Training – is the trade association and training body for the safety netting and temporary safety systems industry. We obsess on the safety of everyone in the construction and FM sectors and are keen

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COVID spot checks and inspections on businesses continue as lockdown measures ease

FASET – Fall Arrest Safety Equipment Training – is the trade association and training body for the safety netting and temporary safety systems industry. We obsess on the safety of everyone in the construction and FM sectors and take a

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Anne-Marie Trevelyan MP’s Keynote Speech at UK Construction Week

FASET – Fall Arrest Safety Equipment Training – is the trade association and training body for the safety netting and temporary safety systems industry. We obsess on the safety of everyone in the construction and FM sectors and take a

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Workers left without edge protection on fifth floor roof

FASET – Fall Arrest Safety Equipment Training – is the trade association and training body for the safety netting and temporary safety systems industry. We obsess on the safety of everyone in the construction and FM sectors and take a

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Help Inside the Hard Hat

The Lighthouse Construction Industry Charity is the only charity that provides emotional, physical and financial wellbeing support to construction workers and their families – and has been doing so since 1956. The charity has launched its Help Inside the Hard

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HSE reports of custodial sentence for failure to report incident

FASET – Fall Arrest Safety Equipment Training – is the established trade association and training body for the safety netting and temporary safety systems industry. As well as offering expert quality guidance  and training to our members, we closely monitor

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CONSTRUCTION ON TRACK TO REACH ITS GREEN TARGETS

A report by the Climate Change Committee has set out a host of ambitious carbon reduction targets and points to where resources should be focused. In a bid to boost Britain’s sustainability credentials ahead of the COP26 conference in November

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The last year has presented some of the toughest challenges in a generation. The threat of COVID to our physical health and the toll on our mental health as a consequence of the adjustments we’ve all had to make have

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HSE publishes Annual Science Review: ‘COVID-19: Collaboration in a time of crisis’

FASET – Fall Arrest Safety Equipment Training – is the trade association and training body for the safety netting and temporary safety systems industry. We obsess on the safety of everyone in the construction and FM sectors and take a

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The future of tall buildings in question

Skyscrapers and tall buildings are a fundamental part of the construction sector and their increasing presence in cities is a reliable indicator of the health of the industry and the economy as a whole. Therefore, with the COVID-19 pandemic changing

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Announcing another new FASET member – welcome to LDS Hire & Sales Ltd

FASET is pleased to welcome LDS Hire & Sales Ltd. as its newest member. LDS Hire & Sales Ltd. was established in 2006, when its specialists designed, developed and manufactured its first metal system. Since then the company has gone

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National Decking Services Ltd .becomes FASET member

FASET is pleased to welcome National Decking Services Ltd. as its newest member. National Decking Services Ltd. specialises in metal decking and safety netting throughout the UK. All the company’s site teams are fully trained in all aspects of metal

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Surge in height safety breaches is cause for concern

As the trade association and training body for the safety netting and temporary safety systems industry, FASET is keen to circulate that the Building Safety Group (BSG) has reported an 84% increase in the number of ‘working at height’ breaches

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Revnet Safety Systems becomes FASET member

FASET is pleased to welcome Revnet Safety Systems as its newest member. Revnet Safety Systems, based in Howden in East Yorkshire, has a combined experience of over 50 years in the construction and civil engineering industry. Its mission is to

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CLC news release reveals backing of value toolkit

As the trade association and training body for the safety netting and temporary safety systems industry, FASET keeps up to date with the latest news within the construction industry – particularly regarding COVID, Brexit and sustainability. We are pleased to

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Double-digit growth forecast for this year but risks remain

As the trade association and training body for the safety netting and temporary safety systems industry, FASET keeps up to date with the latest news within the construction industry – particularly regarding COVID, Brexit and sustainability. We are pleased to

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MEWP accident highlights critical importance of training

It has been reported that a demolition has been fined £200,000 after  the operator of a mobile elevating work platform (MEWP) – or cherry picker – became trapped between the platform rail and the roof of an industrial shed. FASET

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FASET and SAEMA Manager Tony Seddon on becoming PASMA trained

An interview with Tony Seddon, Managing Director of FASET (Fall Arrest Safety Equipment Training) by PASMA (Prefabricated Access Suppliers’ and Manufacturers’ Association) has given a refreshing insight into the approach taken to height safety – both from the beginner’s point

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HSE reports on fines for safety breaches

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) has issued a news item with details that the clients and principal contractor of a construction project have been sentenced following numerous serious health and safety failings. Basildon Crown Court heard how London and

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HSE advises employers to review stress in the workplace

A statement from the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) has urged employers to review the stress-causing factors in their workplaces and the work that their employees do. Stress, depression or anxiety account for 51% of all work-related ill health cases

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Construction regrowth continues with 1.6% increase

Construction, as with the majority of sectors, has suffered a considerable decrease in activity since the advent of COVID-19 in March 2020. The adoption of stringent safety measures combined with sheer hard work throughout the industry saw an admirable recovery

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Safety net rescue – important change to FASET guidance

Following a request from a client to practice safety net rescues on their site using “live” nets, we have made a slight change to FASET Bulletin SN29 (Revision 2) Safety Net Rescue: DOWNLOAD. This change makes it clear that whilst FASET

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TG20:21 scaffolding software now on sale

The updated and expanded scaffolding compliance software from the National Access & Scaffolding Federation (NASC) is now on sale. TG20:21 builds on TG20:13, the NASC’s innovative, user-friendly and widely-adopted eGuide software, which enables users to produce a wide range of

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Construction Product Availability Statement

FASET – Fall Arrest Safety Equipment Training – has read with interest the statement issued this week about the availability of construction products, from prominent figures within the construction industry. Statement from John Newcomb, CEO Builders Merchants Federation and Peter

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Collaborative Reporting on Safer Structures

FASET – Fall Arrest Safety Equipment Training – is pleased to share this press release from the Construction Leadership Council (CLC). Following the tragedy at Grenfell and subsequent government review of Building Regulations led by Dame Judith Hackitt, a recommendation

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The Official HSE Health and Safety app for SMEs

FASET – Fall Arrest Safety Equipment Training – is pleased to share news of the release of a bespoke mobile app from the Health and Safety Executive (HSE). The new app is designed to help organisations understand the law, their

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Taking the lead on net zero training

It has been widely reported in the construction press that businesses need to step up their eco training to avoid placing the UK’s net zero targets in jeopardy. Reports by the CITB and the Institute for Public Policy Research (IPPR)

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Improved Pre-Qualification System Goes Live

FASET (Fall Arrest Safety Equipment Training) is pleased to share this press release from Build UK about how major contractors are now adopting the Common Assessment Standard. Build UK is the leading representative organisation for the UK construction industry. Bringing

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Introducing a new and easy way to check you are using a FASET Member

FASET – Fall Arrest Safety Equipment Training – has introduced a Member Search Facility to allow principal contractors and other clients to quickly and easily check whether or not a company is a FASET member. Ensuring that the company you

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The Construction Leadership Council (CLC) has set out its mid-term strategy. It includes one-year and three-year plans against its priority themes, focused particularly on building safety and the race to net zero carbon. The CLC’s three priorities are: Industry recovery

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Construction injury highlights importance of using certified systems

A recent accident has resulted in two construction companies being fined a total of £46,000 after a bricklayer was injured due to the failure of a working platform. The accident is extremely regrettable and FASET, as the established trade association

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Fire safety regulation breaches could lead to unlimited fines, according to new regulations

FASET – Fall Arrest Safety Equipment Training – is pleased to share this important story from the Safety and Health Practitioner. The Government has announced new regulations to boost building safety and £16 million for fire and rescue authorities. Unlimited

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CONSTRUCTION SECTOR BACKS CLC NATIONAL RETROFIT STRATEGY

FASET – Fall Arrest Safety Equipment Testing – is pleased to share this ‘good news story’ from the Construction Leadership Council (CLC). 50 organisations including representatives of the energy and water sectors are backing the CLC National Retrofit Strategy which

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Temporary CSCS Cards Implemented for Lightning Conductor Engineers and Steeplejacks

FASET – Fall Arrest Safety Equipment Training – is pleased to share the following news story from the Access Industry Forum (AIF) on the implementation of temporary CSCS cards for lightning conductor engineers and steeplejacks. The Association of Technical Lightning

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Scaffolding eGuide to launch

FASET is pleased to report that the NASC’s eagerly-anticipated eGuide scaffolding compliance software update and expansion – TG20:21 – is due to go on sale from this month The NASC is the national trade body for access and scaffolding in

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Landmark construction skills plan backed by industry and government

FASET (Fall Arrest Safety Equipment Training) is pleased to share this announcement from the Construction Leadership Council (CLC), which has published the first sector-wide skills plan for construction, developed by industry. The Industry Skills Plan for the UK Construction Sector 2021-25 sets

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GOVERNMENT BANKS ON INFRASTRUCTURE GROWTH

The government’s budget announcement confirmed plans for the setting up of a national infrastructure bank. While the establishment of a national infrastructure bank (NIB) is not necessarily news as it has been trailed for quite some time, it is expected

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The construction sector’s response to the Prime Minister’s Net Zero challenge

The following press release was issued by Andy Mitchell, Co-chair of the Construction Leadership Council. FASET is pleased to share this important message which affects everyone within the construction industry. The construction industry must come to terms with the impact

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What Budget 2021 means for construction

Speaking in the House of Commons this afternoon chancellor Rishi Sunak made several announcements that are sure to impact construction. A summary is included below. COVID-19 job support Sunak confirmed the furlough scheme will be extended until the end of

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Minister’s open letter reminds construction sector to follow COVID-19 guidance

Scotland’s housing minister has written an open letter to the construction industry to thank them for their hard work, and for complying with the lockdown restrictions. Nicola Sturgeon’s plan will see Scotland ease restrictions every three weeks until April 26

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100th FASET CSCS card issued

FASET – Fall Arrest Safety Equipment Training – is proud to announce it has just issued its 100th FASET CSCS card. The new FASET CSCS card was launched on 1st February 2021. As a result of a collaboration between FASET

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COVID update – news on roadmap

Many people will have seen the prime minister’s announcement on the roadmap for easing lockdown restrictions on 22nd February, but we’re pleased to share the following summary which has implications for everyone. The Prime Minister delivered a statement in the

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PASMA releases free guidance on new scaffold tower standard

With changes to BS EN 1004 taking full effect later this year, PASMA is urging all businesses using mobile access towers to use the transition period wisely. FASET – as the established trade association and training body for the safety

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Tragic accident highlights vital important of safety systems

The following story of the tragic death of a roofer in Kirkdale, Liverpool, is particularly sad as it could so easily have been prevented through the use of a temporary safety system. Liverpool Crown Court heard how on 22nd May

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Welcoming the Expansion of the Building Safety Fund

FASET exists to support the construction industry via expert quality guidance, dedicated working at height training and exclusive membership benefit schemes all with the intention of promoting a safer way of working. It is vital that buildings are safe and

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Study reveals significant confusion over COVID-19 liabilities

FASET endeavours to keep its members up to date with the latest developments in the construction industry, including those regarding COVID-19. Research from quantity surveying firm Turner & Townsend claims that one in three construction contracts are not fit to

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NASC members to give 290+ young people a start in scaffolding

FASET – Fall Arrest Safety Equipment Training – is pleased to share the following story, originally shown in the news section of the Access Industry Forum website. National Access & Scaffolding Confederation (NASC) members will provide more than 290 young

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Global BIM Summit – 17 March 2021

Building on a foundation of successful collaborations between governments, and regional public sector communities, the Centre for Digital Built Britain (Cdbb) is taking the next step together to form a Global BIM Network for the public sector. To launch the

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Charity publishes support pack for workers who fall from height

At FASET our aim is to reduce and ultimately eliminate accidents that result from working at height. We co-operate with other organisations, specialist bodies and institutions involved in the provision and maintenance of façade access systems and equipment. They include Build

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FASET welcomes two new members

FASET – Fall Arrest Safety Equipment Training – is delighted to welcome two new member organisations. JMAC Safety Systems Ltd (https://www.jmacsafetysystems.co.uk/) specialises in platform decking, while Spectra Asset Integrity Management Ltd (https://www.spectrainspection.com/) is a specialist provider of safety netting. Like

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FASET CSCS Card – Now Live

FASET (Fall Arrest Safety Equipment Training) has teamed up with CSCS (Construction Skills Certification Scheme), the leading card scheme for the UK construction industry. This means FASET now issues cards which display the CSCS logo, for the safety netting and

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Recovery continues for manufacturers despite increased concern over material and component supply

FASET – Fall Arrest Safety Equipment Training – is pleased to share the following story on the continued recovery in construction sales. Data from the Construction Product Association (CPA) suggests construction product manufacturers reported a second quarterly increase in sales

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FASET welcomes new member i.Scaff

FASET – Fall Arrest Safety Equipment Training – is delighted to welcome a new member organisation – i.Scaff. i.Scaff provides scaffolding, safety netting and access solutions in Wantage, Oxfordshire. With the strapline “Big enough to cope, small enough to care,”

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FASET-CSCS Partnership Offers Benefits for At-Height Workers

FASET (Fall Arrest Safety Equipment Training) has teamed up with CSCS (Construction Skills Certification Scheme), the leading card scheme for the UK construction industry. This means FASET now issues cards which display the CSCS logo, for the safety netting and

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SITE ACCIDENT HIGHLIGHTS CRUCIAL IMPORTANCE OF SAFETY MEASURES

FASET – Fall Arrest Safety Equipment Training – as the established trade association and training body for the safety netting and temporary safety systems industry, is keen to share the following report of an accident that occurred on site due

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Act now on safety or face shutdown, says BESA

FASET – Fall Arrest Safety Equipment Training – is pleased to share the following content from Heating & Ventilation Review. FASET is the established trade association and training body for the safety netting and temporary safety systems industry. FASET has

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Letter issued to the construction industry regarding lockdown

Andy Mitchell CBE, Chief Executive Officer of Tideway and Council Co-Chair of the Construction Leadership Council (CLC), has written to the construction industry regarding the recent lockdown. Mr Mtchell’s letter referenced the letter sent by the Right Honourable Kwasi Kwarteng

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FASTER HOUSE-BUILDING BOOSTS UK CONSTRUCTION GROWTH IN DECEMBER

FASET (Fall Arrest Safety Equipment Training), as the established trade association and training body for this industry sector, is keen to share the latest positive news from Builders Merchants Journal on the house building sector. While the UK is currently

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Construction industry upbeat about EU trading deal

FASET exists to promote safe working at height in the construction industry through quality training and guidance. Monitoring the latest news that affect companies and individuals is something we do in our own news section. The construction sector is getting

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Construction to continue throughout third lockdown

Construction sites can stay open as and continue to operate during the latest lockdown. The prime minister’s announcement on 4th January 2020 informed the nation that there will be a lockdown until mid-February. It will be similar in nature to

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Trade Credit Insurance Reinsurance Scheme extended and guidance updated

The Construction Leadership Council guidance on trade credit insurance during COVID-19 has been updated to reflect the latest reinsurance scheme information. The Scheme has been extended by 6 months to 30 June 2021 and approved under relevant state aid rules.

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EU Exit Business Readiness: Final Checklist

The Construction Leadership Council (CLC) has published a final checklist for construction businesses ahead of the end of the transition period within the EU. This one page checklist summarises the key changes that UK construction businesses will face at the

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The importance of safety nets when working at height

In the construction industry, employers have a duty to ensure their teams are safe on site and that safety measures are ALWAYS in place before undertaking work at height. FASET – Fall Arrest Safety Equipment Training – is the established

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Sixth carbon budget published by Climate on Committee Change

FASET – Fall Arrest Safety Equipment Training – is the established trade association and training body for the safety netting and temporary safety systems industry. FASET has long been a foundation in supporting its members with expert quality guidance, dedicated

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Brexit uncertainty frustrates Construction

FASET – Fall Arrest Safety Equipment Training – has keenly followed developments regarding both the coronavirus pandemic and how it impacts the construction sector, as well as Brexit and how decisions from the negotiating table will affect construction now and

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ONS reports rise in construction output

Construction output saw a monthly increase of 1% in October, according to the Office for National Statistics (ONS). This is due to increases in both new workup (+0.3%) and repair and maintenance (+2.3%). The data shows that this is the

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Construction Playbook launched to bring together best practice

Construction Leadership Council (CLC), in collaboration with the Cabinet Office and Infrastructure & Projects Authority, and with input from across the public sector, has developed and published the Construction Playbook. As the description on gov.uk says, the Construction Playbook captures

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Construction sector grows at fastest rate for six years

FASET (Fall Arrest Safety Equipment Training) exists to promote safety and best practice within the at-height sector for operatives using safety netting, stair towers and other safety equipment. It is vital to the construction supply chain, which is why we

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NFB’s Decarbonisation Initiative

The National Federation of Builders’ (NFB) Major Contractors Group (MCG) is arming the construction industry with practical tools for main contractors to start or accelerate their journey towards achieving net zero carbon with a new decarbonisation handbook. Launched by Mark

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A life shattered by a fall from height

FASET – Fall Arrest Safety Equipment Testing – exists to offer a foundation of support for its members with expert guidance, dedicated working at height training and exclusive membership benefit schemes for all, with the intention of promoting a safer

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HSE releases 2019/20 UK accident statistics

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) has released the latest statistics (2019/20) relating to workplace accidents. The HSE is a UK government agency responsible for the encouragement, regulation and enforcement of workplace health, safety and welfare, and for research into occupational risks in Great Britain.

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Announcements provide indication on zero carbon effect on FM

This week has seen a number of government announcements confirming its commitment to achieving net zero carbon emissions by 2050. Included within these have been its 10-point plan, confirming investment and the main areas of concentration, providing more clarity and

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Plans revealed for new autism-friendly housing development in Gateshead

FASET – Fall Arrest Safety Equipment Testing – is delighted to share this news story from Bdaily, which demonstrates real progress in the way the construction industry is now directly catering for people with particular health requirements. A North East

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ACE resource on coronavirus

The Association for Consultancy and Engineering (ACE) has produced an online resource to ensure its members stay up to date with the latest information regarding the coronavirus. ACE champions infrastructure to government and other stakeholders, representing the views of around

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Business secretary says thank you to all construction workers

Business secretary Alok Sharma has written an open letter addressed “to everyone working in the construction sector” to express his gratitude for the work being done. “Thank you to everyone operating in the UK construction sector,” he writes. “You are

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FASET delivers first industry webinar on platform decking

On 4th November, Tony Seddon, Managing Director of FASET (Fall Arrest Safety Equipment Training) delivered a webinar to give industry practitioners a comprehensive overview of platform decking, including the benefits, the do’s and don’ts and introduce FASET’s supply partners of

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The latest advice on self-employment income support and self-isolation

Following the announcement of the new national restrictions in place from 5th November 2020 regarding COVID-19, Build UK has issued a flowchart showing what to do if a worker has contracted the virus or has to self-isolate. The flowchart can

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LONDON BOROUGHS SEEK SUPPORT FOR GREEN RETROFIT WORK

London boroughs have identified 375 shovel-ready projects, representing a £1.35bn pipeline of work – including the retrofitting of 18 large public buildings, 29 schools and thousands of homes across the capital. The councils have found £950m for the work but

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CONSTRUCTION AIMS TO MAKE WORKING CONDITIONS AS SAFE AS POSSIBLE DURING SECOND LOCKDOWN

Feedback on how to keep construction sites going safely on the eve of England’s second national lockdown on Thursday is being called for by the Construction Leadership Council, CLC. In a public letter, it flagged up its guidance on safe operation

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Number of new homes registered this year so far ‘is down by 30%’

Much has been made of the downturn in new build after the start of the coronavirus pandemic in late March. There are very few industry sectors that haven’t been severely affected – travel and tourism and catering, for example, have

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COVID-19 has made workplace sustainability goals clearer

The coronavirus pandemic has made 2020 one of the most memorable years for all the wrong reasons – or nearly all. The death toll both in the west and in developing countries has been terrifying, with the elderly and those

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More women building careers in construction during COVID-19

Women looking for work during the coronavirus pandemic have told how a training programme has helped them secure new careers in the construction industry. Fifteen women have been trained by Capital City College Training (CCCT) and have been undertaking work

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Job applications in the construction sector grow by 44.5% in Q3 as end of Job Retention Scheme looms

According to the latest quarterly job market report from CV-Library, job applications in the construction sector grew by 44.5% in Q3 2020 and by 21.2% year-on-year. The report looks at job market data throughout Q3 2020 and compares this with findings from the previous

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RIBA publishes results of COVID-19 student survey

The Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) has published findings of its COVID-19 student survey, focusing on how architecture students have been affected by the pandemic. Architects are, of course, absolutely crucial in the construction supply chain, which is why

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No Falls Foundation appoints its first Health and Safety Advisor

Following his retirement from the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) at the end of September, Ray Cooke has kindly agreed to lend his invaluable and extensive experience to the No Falls Foundation, serving as its Health and Safety Advisor. The

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Construction workers’ wages hit hardest during pandemic

Figures just released by the Office of National Statistics (ONS) show that the wages of construction workers have fallen more than in any other sector of the economy. The coronavirus has devastated economic output throughout the world, with many sectors

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UK concrete and cement sector sets out net zero roadmap

The UK concrete and cement industry has launched a roadmap to become net negative by 2050, removing more carbon dioxide from the atmosphere than it emits each year. UK Concrete, part of the Mineral Products Association (MPA), has identified that

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Promoting mental health in construction

The importance of sustaining the workforce, making sure there is a constant stream of upcoming skilled talent, is well-documented in the construction industry. It is pleasing to see that a growing number of organisations believe that hand in hand with

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Cautious welcome for September’s construction boost

As we reach the latter stages of arguably the most turbulent year in living memory, construction industry leaders have cautiously welcomed the quickest rise in new business since lockdown. However, fears linger that construction is currently in the ‘calm before

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Scotland publishes construction recovery plan

Scotland’s Construction Leadership Forum (CLF) has published a plan aimed at steering the sector’s recovery from the impact of Covid-19. The plan focuses on the joint action required between the industry and the public sector to respond to the pandemic.

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Health and Safety Executive (HSE) cracks down on dust

Health and safety inspectors across Great Britain will be targeting construction firms to check that their health standards are up to scratch during a month-long inspection initiative, starting on Monday 5 October 2020. This is the fourth health-focused initiative of

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Government Announces £3bn Plan to Upgrade Buildings

Homeowners can sign up for big savings on upgrades to their homes under the government’s £2 billion Green Homes Grant, with an additional £1 billion announced to improve the energy efficiency of publicly owned buildings. The Green Homes Grant scheme

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CLC: Industry must lead the way in take-up of NHS COVID-19 App

The Construction Leadership Council (CLC) has reported that industry leaders have urged businesses of all sizes in UK construction to lead the way in ensuring the widest possible uptake of the NHS COVID-19 app, which launched in England and Wales

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Jenrick announces next steps to put beauty and design at heart of planning system

It was announced on Tuesday 22nd September that Nicholas Boys Smith has been appointed to establish a new design body, tasked with driving up design standards. He will lead an expert group advising the government on how to embed beauty

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Construction furlough figures revealed

New data released by HMRC and reported in a number of publications has revealed that construction industry companies claiming through the government’s job retention scheme reached £3.2bn at the end of July. This puts construction firms behind only the retail,

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2,000 residential buildings still awaiting safe cladding

The Grenfell disaster in 2017 was a tragedy that rightly prompted a greater emphasis on fire safety in buildings over a certain height. While there has been good progress in the public sector to replace dangerous cladding, many more “at

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New talent retention scheme for construction industry

The Construction Leadership Council has launched the Talent Retention Scheme (CLC TRS) to keep essential talent within the UK Construction industry. Sustainability of skilled personnel is one of the biggest issues facing the construction industry, and one which FASET is

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Draft Building Safety Bill Update

The Institute of Workplace and Facilities Management (IWFM) is formulating its response to the draft Building Safety Bill, including a submission to the parliamentary pre-legislative inquiry on the Bill. FASET, Fall Arrest Safety Equipment Training, has observed this development with interest. FASET has

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Re-evaluating training and certification for the “new normal”

FASET (Fall Arrest Safety Equipment Training) has long been a foundation in supporting its members with expert quality guidance, dedicated training and exclusive membership benefit schemes all with the intention of promoting a safer way of working. We strive to

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FASET retains SSiP Registered Member status

FASET (Fall Arrest Safety Equipment Training) is delighted and proud to have passed its audit and retained its SSiP Registered Member status. SSiP (Safety Schemes in Procurement) was founded in May 2009 following the government report on accelerating the SME

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Government campaign to encourage a return to the office

The Transport Minister has told a London radio station that: “Our central message is pretty straightforward: we are saying to people it is now safe to return to work.” Grant Shapps, in an interview with LBC radio, revealed that the

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UK Construction buoyed by third-quarter growth

The UK is reportedly on track for a record economic resurgence during the third quarter of the year, with the construction industry continuing to enjoy an impressive period of growth. City of London economists have predicted a 14.3% rise in GDP

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Debate over wearing face masks on site continues

The coronavirus pandemic has raised all kinds of new health and safety concerns and a raft of new guidance measures for organisations in all sectors. In the construction and FM sectors, where the vast majority of work is carried out

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Planning reforms to help government’s “build, build, build” campaign

FASET, as the construction industry’s not-for-profit organisation providing quality guidance and training amongst workers, has noted with interest the wholesale reform of the planning system in England announced by the Government. The planning system has been described as being prone

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Help for apprentices – the lifeblood of the industry

The construction industry needs a constant flow of new skilled workers coming through in order to meet demand and be sustainable. Therefore, the following announcement from the government is very welcome. In addition to the funding of £1,000 already available

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Green Homes Grants – green shoots of recovery?

The UK is now officially in a recession, with some speculating it could be the deepest for many years. The government’s commitment to “Build build build” offers some relief and hope for the construction and FM sectors and the Construction

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Construction contracting update

Secretary of State for Housing Robert Jenrick announced major changes to the planning system in an article for The Telegraph recently. The reforms will introduce simpler and faster processes to deliver the homes and places needed in areas designated for

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Further easing of COVID-19 restrictions good news for employers

The latest government update on the easing of lockdown restrictions in England, issued on 31st July and following a rise in the number of coronavirus cases, includes the following: whilst there are local restrictions on household contact in certain areas,

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Affordable Homes Scheme Will Support Construction Sector

The Affordable Homes Guarantee Scheme 2020, approximated at £3 billion, will increase investment in providers of affordable housing and support the delivery of a significant number of new affordable homes. The contract for a delivery partner to operate the scheme

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Executive summary of the NICPP 2020/21 published

Build UK has published an executive summary of the National Infrastructure and Construction Procurement Pipeline 2020/21 to help the industry understand recent Government announcements on the delivery of £37 billion of economic and social infrastructure projects. Build UK is a

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FASET plans to secure worker safety for the new ‘workspace’

FASET plans to secure worker safety for the new ‘workspace’  With a mass shift to remote working since late March 2020, a number of FM experts and commentators are speculating that COVID-19 will bring an end to the office as

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Scotland moves to Phase 4 of Construction Restart Plan 

Scotland moves to Phase 4 of Construction Restart Plan  Construction sites in Scotland have been given the go ahead to progress to Phase 4 of the Construction Restart Plan, with physical distancing being maintained or controlled close working with PPE.

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CSCS introduces Prepaid Accounts Facility 

CSCS introduces Prepaid Accounts Facility  The Construction Skills Certification Scheme (CSCS) has launched a new Prepaid Accounts facility. Prepaid Accounts can be loaded with credit and then used to pay for CSCS card applications. This means that CSCS card applications

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“The biggest challenge to building safety for 40 years”

The government has finished drafting the Building Safety Bill, which it describes as containing the biggest changes to building safety for 40 years. The draft bill brings in new regulations in the wake of the 2017 Grenfell Tower fire and

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CLC issues three new guidance documents for construction companies

CLC issues three new guidance documents for construction companies The Construction Leadership council (CLC) has published three new guidance documents to help companies in the construction sector to manage the impact of COVID-19 on their business. The first of these,

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New Government guidance on Apprenticeships

New government guidance on apprenticeships Apprenticeships are the lifeblood of the construction industry and it is vital that the next generation of workers has access to the latest skills, training and guidance to ensure they can perform all disciplines of

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Government publication indicates commitment to ‘Build Build Build’

Build, build, build Following the publication of the National Infrastructure and Construction Procurement Pipeline 2020/21, the government appears to have made a solid commitment to ‘Build Build Build’. This is obviously welcome news for the construction industry and supply chain,

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“Be Safe, Don’t Fall, Stay Alive”

“Be Safe, Don’t Fall, Stay Alive” The No Falls Foundation – the UK’s only charity devoted exclusively to the work at height sector – has launched a new initiative called ‘Be Safe, Don’t Fall, Stay Alive’. Despite the pressures to

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The HSE announces a fall in working at height fatalities

Last week, the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) released its ‘Workplace Fatal Injuries in Great Britain 2020’ annual statistics. Headline figures from the report are: 111 workers were killed in 2019/20 RIDDOR (Reporting of Injuries, Diseases and Dangerous Occurrences Regulations)

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The government announces new plans to get Britain building again

Measures to help the construction industry to boost building and return to work safely are being introduced this week (commencing 22nd June). The announcement from Housing Secretary Robert Jenrick MP stated that planning permission deadlines will be extended, planning appeals

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Easing of guidelines good news for safety systems industry

On 23rd June, Prime Minister Boris Johnson described Britain’s “long hibernation period” as edging towards its end. He was, of course, referring to the gradual relaxing of guidelines for living with the coronavirus over the last few weeks and in

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Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme: a guide

The government has announced that from 1st July 2020, the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme is changing. The new document is available here: Claim for your employees’ wages through the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme: a step by step guide for employers

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