UK manufacturer Glassolutions has launched a free-standing COVID-19 desk-top glass sneeze guard, ideal for social distancing in offices.

As businesses set about returning to the workplace, ensuring staff and customer safety and complying with Government guidelines will be a priority. How can screens help businesses quickly adapt their offices and their shop floors to offer protection and peace of mind for all without lengthy and costly reconfiguration issues? Simon Boocock, Managing Director of CRL Europe, takes a look.

For the last few years, the construction sector has been high on the Government’s agenda, particularly around the subjects of fire and building safety. Recently thrown into sharper focus through the publication of the Hackitt Report and industry reaction, 2020 has seen an assertive drive towards the establishment of new laws and a dedicated regulator to improve building safety. Importantly, the new legislation will also act as a much-needed catalyst in the move to digital transformation, which has started to stagnate following an initial flurry of activity, writes Richard Waterhouse, Chief Strategy Officer at NBS.

During recent years, improper practice in large organisation’s supply chains have been brought to light in the media, with brands such as ASOS, Mango and Marks and Spencer all being put in the spotlight, with issues including child workers and the exploitation of refugees being uncovered.

Whenever and wherever a new building is built - commercial or domestic - it has to comply with strict fire safety regulations. For designers, architects, contractors and builders, these regulations have the ability to throw a build into disarray if these aspects are not properly thought out.

The clothing and homeware retail company Next, relocated to a larger newly constructed store in Havant, UK. The old store consisted of 10,000 sq ft which has now increased in the new premises to 40,000 sq ft. Next, along with M&S will be part of the second phase of development at the Solent Retail Park in Havant to the west of the current stores that include Hobbycraft and Pets at Home.

'Three days to save a life' is the overall theme when The Health and Safety Event returns to Birmingham’s NEC from 22nd to 24th March 2016.

Steve Cookson, Technical Services Manager at Sika Liquid Plastics, discusses the importance of prioritising health and safety during roof refurbishment schemes by considering alternatives to hot works.

Ionic Recruitment’s Managing Director, Martyn Makinson, talks to Future Constructor & Architect about the findings in the Farmer report and how it affects the construction recruitment industry.

Andrew Clarke, Associate Solicitor at Gullands, looks at the impact of the health and safety sentencing guidelines on the construction sector.

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