• 23rd May 2017

    It is essential to ensure that staff are suitably trained on the procedures to be followed in the event of a fire.  The Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005 states that the owners or persons in control of non-domestic premises must manage fire safety and in doing so need to provide staff with adequate fire…

  • 5th May 2017

    Although Asbestos has been banned from being used in the UK, there are still many buildings built or refurbished prior to 2000 which can contain it. Everyone involved with the surveying, inspection, repairing, extending, demolishing or altering of a building is at high risk of being exposed to asbestos on a regular basis. In fact, they may…

  • 11th April 2017

    Within Residential Care Homes adequate precautions need to be in place to ensure that residents who smoke do so without putting themselves or others at risk from fire. There have been a number of recent fire incidents within the Care Sector which have been attributed to residents who smoke. If Care Homes have in place…

  • 5th April 2017

    This article looks at some of the key health and safety considerations when carrying out refurbishment works within Care Homes, however, it is not intended to be inclusive of all potential issues, which may be encountered. When considering whether to have refurbishment works undertaken within your Care Home, it isn’t as straight forward as arranging…

  • Building Manuals
    28th March 2017

    The Building Operation and Maintenance Manual, is a document which is developed and compiled during the construction phase of a project and is handed over to the Client, or End User on completion. The Building Manual contains information regarding the operation, maintenance, decommissioning and subsequent demolition of a building or structure. The Building Manual is usually compiled by…

  • 21st March 2017

    As a key supporter of NASHiCS, Marpal are delighted to announce our commitment to promoting and improving safety and health within the Care Sector by attending and speaking at the forthcoming National Health and Safety Conference for Social Care.  The event is being held on the 12th and 13th September 2017 at the Hellidon Lakes…

  • 15th March 2017

    The most common way for Asbestos fibres to enter the body is through inhalation/breathing. An Asbestos Containing Material (ACM) is not generally considered to be harmful unless it is releasing dust or fibres into the atmosphere, at that point fibres can be easily inhaled or ingested. Some Asbestos fibres get caught by the human defence…

  • 10th March 2017

    On a construction project where there is likely to be more than one trade Contractor, the Client has a duty to appoint a Principal Designer.  The primary role of the Principal Designer is to coordinate the health and safety aspects of the pre-construction phase.  Sometimes it is difficult to know who should take on this…

  • 8th March 2017

    The purpose of an Asbestos Management Survey is to locate and assess the condition, as far as reasonably practicable, the presence and extent of Asbestos Containing Materials (ACMs) within non-domestic properties constructed before the year 2000, which could be damaged or disturbed during normal occupancy and foreseeable maintenance works. A Management Survey may include some…

  • 3rd March 2017

    The residents of Care Homes are often frail and elderly and may suffer from neurological impairments such as dementia, resulting in them being unable to recognise the risk of harm associated with falling down stairs or accessing unsafe and unfamiliar external areas. To protect residents from harm, it is likely that access to staircases and…