Health & Safety Risk Assessment: As Important as Fire Risk Assessment?
The horrific Grenfell Tower incident in 2017 ushered in a new, intense focus on fire safety. This is absolutely essential, but it has inadvertently resulted in some property managers overlooking the rest of their health and safety duties on site. Assessment of fire safety shouldn’t detract from the importance of conducting regular General Health & Safety Risk Assessment and inspections. For instance, when a guest at the White Hart Hotel in Upton-upon-Severn tragically fell to their death from an open window in 2015, subsequent investigations discovered that low-cost alterations to the window height could have prevented their death. Overlooking risks with low probability but high severity can lead to dire consequences. So, today, we’ll reveal why general health and safety and fire risk assessment checks, are so important. The fire safety law Fire safety should never be ignored, but the same goes for general health and safety. It’s why […]
Outsource your COVID-19 Risk Assessment here
COVID-19 Risk Assessments can be a daunting prospect for many companies. Outsource your COVID-19 Risk Assessment here with RM’s new COVID-19 Risk Assessment Service. The COVID-19 Risk Assessment is the first of 5 steps to working safely that the UK government expects duty holders to complete before restarting work, following the Coronavirus outbreak. Since May 2020, property managers from across the UK have approached RM to outsource their COVID-19 risk assessments. As a result, in the past 4 weeks, RM has conducted over 125 COVID-19 Risk Assessments for Offices, Shops, Cafes, Retail Parks, Industrial Estates and Shopping Centres. RM’s new ‘Return to Work’ COVID-19 Risk Assessment Service is the perfect solution for businesses that want to outsource their COVID-19 risk assessment to a third party consultancy. It is based upon the latest UK government guidance covering Office and Contact Centres & Shops and Branches. Key areas covered: The key areas […]
New Government Measures to Improve Building Safety Standards
Last week the government announced new measures to improve building safety standards. The Housing Secretary, Robert Jenrick, detailed that the new Building Safety Regulator within the Health and Safety Executive will go “further and faster to ensure residents are safe in their homes.” The new Regulator will give effective oversight of the design, construction and occupation of high-risk buildings. A press release from the government stated that “from next month [Mr Jenrick] will start to name building owners where remediation has not started to remove unsafe Aluminium Composite Material (ACM) cladding from their buildings.” It also stated that “the government will consult on extending the ban on combustible materials to buildings below 18 metres and will seek views on how risks are assessed within existing buildings to inform future policy.” The new Bill has been driven forward following both the fire at Grenfell Tower and more recent high-rise fires such […]
Poor Evacuation Methods Prove Costly for Rotherham United
Rotherham United football club has been fined £150,000 after pleading guilty to a single offence under the Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005. The offence dates back to January 2015 where, on a non-match day, two functions held in the conference and events suites had to be evacuated following a fire alarm. It turned out there was no fire and nobody was harmed during the evacuation, however a club statement detailed that “the incident highlighted issues in the co-ordination of evacuation measures for non-match day events at the stadium between the Club and its third party hospitality partner.” Following the events, the club launched an internal investigation and quickly took action to introduce more robust procedures. However, it can sometimes be too late to review things after an event, and Rotherham was lucky that this incident turned out to be harmless. Emergency procedure planning can literally be the difference between […]
Supporting SIFA Fireside this Christmas
Christmas is a time of giving, and as a company that assists property owners and managers in creating a safe environment for their tenants, residents and staff, we can think of no better way than to reach out to those who won’t have that safe environment this December. There are many unfortunate people who don’t have a roof over their heads at any time, let alone during the festive period and colder months of the year, so for this reason RM has offered to support SIFA Fireside – a local charity that is doing great things to promote health and inclusion for the homeless in Birmingham. In early December some of our team visited SIFA Fireside’s Drop In centre, which is the charity’s main access point for support and services. Visitors to the Drop In are able to access food, showers and clothing, as well as a range of support […]
RM Risk Management Launches New Website!
RM Risk Management is very excited to announce another improvement with the launch of our brand new website. Our new website provides a clear message of who we are, what we stand for and how we add value to our clients. The website boasts a clean design and intuitive and consistent site-wide navigation system with improved menu functionality that directs you to the information most relevant to you. It is also fully responsive with mobile devices, making it easy to navigate wherever you are. Our news page has received a much-needed facelift, you can also sign up to our newsletters for regular updates, and access the articles that matter to you through smart filters. Going forward, we will continue to communicate regularly through our news page and provide new articles and notifications. We also plan to continue adding more content and information to our social media platforms – Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn and […]
Know what to do and prepare yourself for emergency situations with citizenAID
citizenAID™ is the initiative of four deeply experienced UK civilian and military clinicians working in collaboration with industry to improve public resilience. When there is a shooting, stabbing or bomb explosion, the initial priority will be public safety. This can delay the time before the emergency services are able to reach the injured. citizenAID™ enables the general public to be effective in these situations before the emergency services are available to provide professional medical support. citizenAID™ is a simple, logical system of immediate actions. It is designed to guide the public to react safely, to pass effective messages to the emergency services, to prioritise the injured and to give life-saving first aid. This combination of effective organisation and immediate treatment will save lives. citizenAID™ builds on tried and tested principles that have been used by individual soldiers to save lives following comparable injuries sustained in the combat setting. citizenAID™ transfers […]