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Government to toughen fire regulation in light of Hackitt review recommendations

The government has agreed to introduce a new regulatory framework to improve fire safety in high-rise residential tower blocks in response to Dame Judith Hackitt’s independent review of regulation following the Grenfell Tower fire in June 2017.

Government bans combustible cladding and permits LAs to strip materials from private towers

The UK government has banned combustible cladding on new high-rise residential buildings and given new powers to councils to rid private buildings of unsafe materials and recover the costs from landlords.

Southern Gas Network fined £1.2m after gas main ignited

A utilities firm and a construction company have been sentenced after two workers were injured when a ruptured gas main ignited in Whitstable, Kent.

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Learning from: behavioural economists

How can a combination of psychology and economics, in particular nudge theory, benefit OSH practitioners? 

Fire safety and evacuation: Step by step

Aaron David Carter looks at the legal requirements, good practice and pitfalls to avoid when procuring and using evacuation chairs.

Fire safety and evacuation: Locus of control

Gary Laird and Martin Brennan set out the main features of fire control systems. 

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