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Potential economic impacts of the Ukraine invasion

Potential economic impacts of the Ukraine invasion

There remain considerable uncertainties regarding the economic impacts of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine as well as the effects of tightening sanctions on Russia. Whilst demand in the UK economy and construction currently remains robust, strengthening supply chain...

Construction hits first target on roadmap to Net Zero

Construction hits first target on roadmap to Net Zero

The construction sector has hit its first target in its campaign to drive carbon out of the sector. Last year the Construction Leadership Council launched its CO2nstruct Zero industry-change programme with the aim of eradicating carbon from buildings and...

New CITB Grants Scheme from 1 April 2022

New CITB Grants Scheme from 1 April 2022

From 01 April 2022 onwards for occupational Traineeships that are only available in England, a one-off CITB grant of £1000 will be available to employers after completion of an 8 to 10 week CITB Occupational Traineeship work placement.  Occupational Traineeship are...

Latest employer responsibilities: managing the risk of COVID-19

Latest employer responsibilities: managing the risk of COVID-19

A COVID-secure titled risk assessment is no longer legally requiredk however COVID-19 still presents a risk to the workplace which employers are required to manage in line with the Management of Health and Safety at Work Regulations 1992. If FIS members already have a...

UK Conformity Assessment Bodies: using a subcontractor

UK Conformity Assessment Bodies: using a subcontractor

New guidance has been published for UK Conformity Assessment Bodies (CABs) who are intending to subcontract tasks such as testing, certification or inspection.  This process will limit the the need to test new products in the UK and Europe separately for the purpose...

Applying EPR in the construction products sector

Applying EPR in the construction products sector

The Construction Products Association has published a discussion paper on extended producer responsibility (EPR): Applying EPR in the Construction Sector Discussion Paper (constructionproducts.org.uk). This discussion paper seeks to explore the applicability of the...

Round-up of public procurement matters

Round-up of public procurement matters

To help clients and the industry to implement procurement practices that will deliver safer buildings post Grenfell, the Government has published guidance on collaborative procurement for design and construction to support building safety. Dame Judith Hackitt and...

Construction activity holds steady

Construction activity holds steady

The latest information from Builders’ Conference shows that 451 contracts worth £6.1 billion were awarded in February. Whilst the number of contracts increased again, the value dipped slightly, although it was consistent with the monthly average over the last year...

PPE Regulations to be extended to all workers

PPE Regulations to be extended to all workers

In November 2020, a court judgment found that the UK had failed to adequately transpose aspects of two EU Directives into domestic law with respect to worker safety.  In reaction HSE has confirmed that the Personal Protective Equipment at Work Regulations will be...