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The Health and Safety Network (SAFETYnet) routinely looks over the biggest and most relevant news stories, reports and publications of the past few days for members, while providing relevant analysis and comment.

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Week commencing 11 February 2019

Fire safety failures in over half of care homes audited in new London Fire Brigade report

Serious fire safety failures have been found in care homes across London by Brigade inspectors.

London Fire Brigade carried out a detailed inspection of 177 properties in late 2018; these inspections identified a number of fire safety failures and 57% of the care homes inspected received a formal notification from London Fire Brigade to address these issues.

The 177 care homes were visited to gauge the level of fire risk across the capital in a one-off series of in-depth inspections. The Brigade’s findings included the following serious fire safety breaches:

  • One in three premises with inadequate or poorly maintained fire doors
  • Widespread confusion about fire evacuation strategies
  • Fire risk assessments being carried out by people without the proper skills and experience
  • Roofs being omitted from fire risk assessments (roof voids often increase the spread and severity of a fire).

Read the full report from the London Fire Brigade here.

 

 

Week commencing 4 February 2019

Fire safety failures in over half of care homes audited in new London Fire Brigade report

Serious fire safety failures have been found in care homes across London by Brigade inspectors.

London Fire Brigade carried out a detailed inspection of 177 properties in late 2018; these inspections identified a number of fire safety failures and 57% of the care homes inspected received a formal notification from London Fire Brigade to address these issues.

The 177 care homes were visited to gauge the level of fire risk across the capital in a one-off series of in-depth inspections. The Brigade’s findings included the following serious fire safety breaches:

  • One in three premises with inadequate or poorly maintained fire doors
  • Widespread confusion about fire evacuation strategies
  • Fire risk assessments being carried out by people without the proper skills and experience
  • Roofs being omitted from fire risk assessments (roof voids often increase the spread and severity of a fire).

Read the full report from the London Fire Brigade here.

 

No plan to replace faulty fire doors found post-Grenfell months after pledge

The government in July pledged the door industry would develop a programme to replace faulty models, but an ‘action plan’ has yet to emerge.

Labour blasted ministers for being “off the pace at every stage” since the disaster in 2017.

The latest revelation comes amid concerns that flammable Grenfell-style cladding has also yet to be stripped from hundreds of high-rise buildings.

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Experts warned of fire-spread risks two years before Grenfell

Whitehall-commissioned studies produced in March 2015 warned of potential fatalities unless officials addressed the danger of flames passing through concealed cavities. Officials kept the advice confidential. Experts believe that the same process in the cladding at Grenfell helped spread the June 2017 fire.

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SAFETYnet members WM becomes first housing association to achieve highest rating for health and safety

Members of The Health and Safety Network WM Housing Group has secured a prestigious Diamond Award from RoSPA in a recent audit.

Writing for 24 Housing the group explained “The audit is a unique system developed to provide a complete and comprehensive health and safety management audit.”

“The six-day audit examined the effectiveness and quality of our health and safety management systems, policies and procedures, as well as knowledge, understanding, implementation and evidence.”

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