Fire, Security and Safety
Intratone has installed 25 of its digital noticeboards in the communal areas of a number of tower blocks in Stockport Housing Group’s property portfolio supporting the group’s aim of enhancing digital communications.
Following the Grenfell disaster and the West Hampstead balcony fires, it was only a matter of time before safety concerns gave rise to statutory measures and those changes arrived in December 2018. Will Forbes, Technical Project Lead at balcony specialist Neaco, explains their impact on design and specification.
In light of new changes to the housing health and safety regulations regarding cladding which have arisen amid the Grenfell Tower investigations, Housing Association magazine editor Victoria Galligan spoke to Dr Nigel Glen – Chief Executive Office of the Association of Residential Managing Agents.
For months the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, the Rt Hon James Brokenshire MP has been warning landlords of at-risk properties to get on and remove dangerous cladding. In early December Mr Brokenshire announced a change to the housing health and safety regulations, to force the landlords to make good these works with no apparent financial risk to the leaseholders.
Dr. Barbara Lane's recent report raised numerous questions about the overall management of the smoke control installation at Grenfell.
The Recording Rooms, one of Birmingham University’s newest student accommodation blocks, is using an integrated smoke and heat exhaust ventilation system from SE Controls to provide smoke free escape routes for more than 250 students.
Property owners and managers should be aware of their legal duties regarding asbestos management, and the need for locating and assessing the risks from any asbestos-containing materials in a building.
Specifically relating to managing and working with asbestos is the Control of Asbestos Regulations 2012 (CAR 2012). Regulation 5, requires employers to identify the presence of asbestos, and its type and condition, before any building, maintenance or other work, liable to disturb asbestos, begins. It also sets out the requirement to arrange an asbestos survey if existing information on the presence of asbestos in the premises is incomplete or appears unreliable.