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Health and safety

Whether motivated by ethics, regulatory compliance or financial prudence, health and safety is today widely – and rightly – regarded as simply good business practice. The need to constantly review, update and improve standards is ongoing, however. The materials featured here cover a broad range of topics – but all share health and safety best practice as a common theme. Most seminars are now available online, but this is not always shown here so, if a seminar is of interest to you, do click on the link and check.
Fire rated mailboxes - building a safer future
Online Learning, by The Safety Letterbox Company
A self-contained video guide aimed at specifiers, architects, interior designers and contractors wanting to know why, when, where and how they should specify fire-rated mailboxes. Covers: the circumstances in which a fire-rated mailbox becomes a requirement; the different standards that apply to fire rating, and what each means; how mailboxes are tested for compliance with these standards (including some quite eye-popping details of the testing process itself); common compliance issues and why the presence of fire-rated components alone may still not satisfy the fire officer; and, how to design a fire-rated mailbox system using modular units.

For over 30 years The Safety Letterbox Company has supplied the residential and commercial sectors with a comprehensive range of more than 130 mail and parcel box designs suited to every application, location and budget. These include fire rated, TS009:2019 Secured by Design-compliant and fully bespoke models, as well as smart technology-based parcel delivery systems – all engineered to turn your vision into reality, and to create the best solution to match your brief.

The Safety Letterbox Company prides itself on the quality, sustainability and safety of its products. It takes positive steps to be a responsible and loyal employer and a reliable and ethical company to deal with. Working with architects, developers and buyers around the world, no project is ever too large or too small. The future of mail and parcel delivery is changing fast. Be part of the revolution.

Duration: 40 minutes, plus Q&A
Flood Risk Assessments (FRAs): A Guide for Architects and Planners
Online Learning, by GeoSmart Information Limited
A discussion of flood-related construction issues, including the different sources of flooding, groundwater, risks to developments and how to address them, catchment management, what flood risk assessments are and how to discharge flood related planning conditions. Case study examples are featured throughout the presentation.

Geosmart is a leading specialist in flood risk, drainage and contaminated land, creating market-leading environmental reports, data and forecasting services. Geosmart supports property professionals and asset managers.

Duration: 45 minutes, plus Q&A
MatSafe - Compressed Gas Storage in Laboratories
Online Learning, by asecos Ltd
A seminar about the dangers of compressed gas cylinders and how they should be safely integrated into modern laboratories using BS EN standard storage cabinets. Topics covered include: relevant UK hazardous material legislation; compressed gas classification (state of matter, physical hazard and health hazard); storage requirements and methods of gas supply; storage cabinet types – what’s available and what’s important; and, how to specify appropriate storage solutions and integrate them into design.

Asecos manufactures highly insulated hazmat storage cabinets, producing innovative and sustainable products to meet the challenges of storing hazardous materials in modern laboratories and industrial facilities. Asecos cabinets conform to the most stringent European and US standards and can be integrated into casework or used as free-standing storage solutions.

Duration: 45 minutes, plus Q&A
Specifying Healthcare Sanitary Assemblies
Online Learning, by Bushboard Washroom Systems Ltd
A practical guide to: healthcare regulations, including HBN and HTM; correct material specification for healthcare environments; three different ways to specify – panel-only, framed, and ready-plumbed modules (and their benefits); where to specify different sanitary assembly unit types, and their features and benefits; key considerations when specifying sanitary and brassware; price analysis and lifecycle expectancy; and, infection control and patient safety.

Bushboard has over 80 years’ experience manufacturing washroom systems and has developed a range of well-designed, flexible washroom products that work across all sectors. The company's reputation is built on delivering quality products at affordable prices. Its range of stylish cubicle systems is complimented with ducting and vanity units, both of which can be delivered pre-plumbed with Bushboard's market-leading ready-plumbed module (RPM) system. Bushboard also manufactures a range of RPM units specifically designed for the healthcare market and to meet the requirements of HBN 00-10.

Duration: one hour, plus Q&A
Step on It: Stairway Safety
Looks at the guidelines for the specification of safe stairways and how to ensure that commercial, public or shared stairways remain compliant with current building regulations and guidelines. Includes advice on: what stair nosings are designed to achieve and how to select the right one; key legislation and industry standards; how recent BS, BRE and Equality Act (formerly DDA) guidelines affect specifications; environmental and health and safety considerations; and, best practice case studies, with specification examples.

Quantum Flooring Solutions is a leading UK independent stair nosings and accessories manufacturer, with over 50 years’ experience. It supplies a complete range of stair nosings, entrance mattings, PVC accessories and transitions. These can be used in conjunction with all types of floorcovering, whether contract or domestic. Based in Oldham, Lancashire, the company manufactures and supplies its products for use throughout the world. Safety is of paramount concern, with Quantum products offering complete solutions that minimise risk to the end-user. In the UK, supplies of stair nosing profiles are supported by the unique QSMS on-site measuring system. Rapid and accurate step measurements are transmitted electronically to the flooring contractor as part of a responsive service package, saving time and money for the floor-fitter. As part of its commitment to protect the environment and improve the manufacturing process Quantum Flooring Solutions is ISO14001 and ISO9001 accredited.

Duration: 45 minutes, plus Q&A
Understanding How Containment Kerbs Contribute to Safety in Urban Design
Online Learning, by Brett Landscaping
An overview of key specification considerations when sourcing specialist containment kerbs, and how to incorporate containment kerbs into urban highways design.

Containment kerbs protect users where there is a risk of vehicles leaving the carriageway and coming into contact with pedestrians and/or structures.

Brett Landscaping is committed to sharing its expert knowledge about paving with architects, engineers and designers – helping you to achieve the best looking, most durable and cost-effective paving solutions for your projects. Brett is a service-led company whose products are manufactured from high-quality concrete, porcelain or ethically-sourced natural stone – designed to enhance any outside space. Brett makes it all simple.

Duration: 45 minutes, plus Q&A