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BSCF achieves first UKAS accreditation for building inspector competency scheme

The United Kingdom Accreditation Service (UKAS) has granted the UK’s first accreditation of a building inspector competency scheme to the Building Safety Competency Foundation (BSCF) for its Building Control Inspector (BCI) competence certification scheme. UKAS carried out its assessment of ...

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Balancing safety and security with SafeRoute from dormakaba

When it comes to door hardware, balancing safety and security can be a challenge. Compliant with BS EN 13637, dormakaba’s SafeRoute emergency exit and escape route system has been developed to provide enhanced security for buildings while still ensuring safe ...

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The evolving landscape of legislation and regulations impacting FM

The last few years have seen notable changes in legislation and regulations within the FM space such as the Fire Safety Act 2021, The Building Safety Act 2022 and the Fire Safety Regulations (England) 2022, to name a few. These ...

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Updated guidance calls for second staircases in all new high-rise residential buildings

The government has updated its guidance calling for second staircases in all new tall residential buildings over 18 metres from 30 September 2026. The change in guidance adds to a package of recent fire safety measures and reforms including the ...

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From eco-improvements to fire safety, is 2024 the year of compliance changes?

In the wake of the Grenfell disaster, the Government introduced the Building Safety Act 2022 which represents the latest phase in the effort to reduce the risk of a repeat occurrence of the fire. Rik Firth, Head of Operations at ...

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The vital role of anti-shatter film in Martyn’s Law preparation

In the wake of tragic events like the Manchester Arena bombing in 2017, governments and organisations worldwide have intensified efforts to enhance security measures to protect public spaces. Martyn’s Law, proposed in memory of Martyn Hett, one of the victims ...

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BESA says all buildings should be treated as high risk

Despite repeated warnings that measures introduced by the Building Safety Act are now in place, affecting every project, many contractors are still ignoring safety regulations says the Building Engineering Services Association (BESA). The Association is concerned that firms do not ...

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New HSE campaign emphasises legal duties to manage asbestos

Buildings that people use in their daily lives, such as workplaces, schools and hospitals are the focus of a new campaign to keep people safe from asbestos. Launched at the beginning of this week ‘Asbestos: Your Duty’ aims to improve ...

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Senior building safety role created at BESA

The Building Engineering Services Association (BESA) has appointed Rachel Davidson to the newly created position of Director of Specialist Knowledge, where she will have a particular focus on the Building Safety Act and its implications for BESA members and the ...

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Concrete scandal exposes true value of building maintenance

At a time when building maintenance budgets are under intense pressure, facilities managers could do worse than refer clients to the ongoing scandal over reinforced autoclaved aerated concrete (RAAC). Hundreds of schools have had to close buildings and thousands of ...

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