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With fire safety such a critical issue, having a global hub for fire protection products, insights and thought leadership is more necessary than ever. FIREX International 2019 is that hub, welcoming 18,000 professionals to source innovative products, access over 25 hours of cutting-edge, CPD-accredited education, and make critical new contacts.

Thousands of housing professionals will gather in Manchester this month for Housing 2019, the Chartered Institute of Housing’s (CIH) annual conference and exhibition.

The construction industry is dangerous, which is why Safety & Health Expo 2019 is an essential destination for health and safety professionals working within the industry. Taking place on 18-20 June 2019 at ExCeL London, the event welcomes over 13,000 visitors and more than 300 suppliers of health and safety solutions, making it a global hub for the profession.

Andy Smith, Head of Business Development at Caledonian Modular, looks at why offsite and modular construction are the only way to solve the UK’s housing crisis.

There are a lot of advantages to open-plan office environments so long as the space is designed in the right way, with one eye on acoustics. Simon Boocock, Managing Director of CRL, looks at the benefits and possible solutions for creating a harmonious open-plan environment.

To have an effective and nurturing workspace, a business must take into consideration three things: furniture, office environment and treatment of staff.

The BSI’s recent update of the domestic fire detection and alarm system standard, specifically Part 6 of BS 5839, outlines the code of practice for the design, installation, commissioning and maintenance of fire detection and fire alarm systems in domestic properties. Here Ian Ballinger, Certification Manager for FireAngel, outlines the key updates for professionals.

There are many reasons for buying a small house. While cost is commonly cited, for some, an excess of space is simply unnecessary, whether for having fewer personal possessions, a dislike for housekeeping or a desire to minimise one’s environmental impact. For one couple, a small house meant the opportunity to live in one of the liveliest neighbourhoods in Brussels: Flagey Square.

Ryan Latham, Senior Marketing Executive for 3B Training, has experienced firsthand how businesses can benefit from hiring ex-military personnel. Here he takes a closer look at what it’s like working in the military, what motivates members of the Armed Forces and why transitioning to a career in construction is the ideal next step for a leaver.

Data from the Office of National Statistics published in 2017 revealed the risk of suicide among low-skilled male laborers were three times higher than the national average. Furthermore, a CIOB report revealed 70% of construction employees suffered from stress-related mental health conditions as a direct result of working in the industry. Stuart Russell, Commercial Manager at CPI Euromix, discusses the steps construction companies can take to identify the signs before it’s too late.

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