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BS 9999 – more than just a fire safety standard

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If two identical buildings catch fire, one filled with paper, and one filled with sand, it is a reasonable assumption to make that that the building filled with sand will burn slower and is therefore in a lower category of fire risk assessment. This type of analysis, taking into account the individual circumstances of a building – its contents, for example – is used to help identify risks as part of standard BS 9999.

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Access to and work on flatbed vehicles

Flatbed vehicles are widely used to transport many types of goods on the road. They offer advantages over closed vehicles in terms of easy access to the load bed for loading and unloading and versatility of use.

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The use of vehicle structure in load securing on heavy goods vehicles

Securing loads for safe transport is a legal requirement in the UK, helping to protect the driver of the vehicle, other road users and pedestrians during the vehicle’s journey from vehicle rollover or load detachment, and the driver and unloading personnel from the risks inherent in unloading a load that has been able to move in transit.

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Crackdown on whiplash claims

The Ministry of Justice recently launched a consultation on proposals which aim to reduce the unacceptably high number of whiplash claims and allow insurers to cut premiums. Insurers have pledged to pass on savings to drivers - worth a total of £1 billion.

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Employers should be clear on drinking cultures

The gap between the amount of alcohol consumed by men and women has all but closed, research has suggested. But with evidently continuing impacts upon performance, health and safety at work, an ongoing challenge for many employers is the conflicting messages many organisations often send out around drinking in (and after) work. That is according to the Better Health at Work Alliance (BHWA).

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