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Helping hand

Good Samaritan Bill

Legislation is being introduced next year to protect “Good Samaritans” who are acting for “the common good”.

The Social Action, Responsibility and Heroism Bill has been developed to reassure first aiders and voluntary workers that they cannot be sued for accidents that happen when they are attending to those who need help or are in distress. There was concern that people were being deterred from taking part in voluntary activities, helping others or intervening in emergencies due to worries about risk and liability.   Read more

Burning issue

Eight years on from the Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005 coming into force, fire statistics show a significant reduction in fires, but an increase in enforcement actions against businesses for breaches of fire safety.

Risk assessment is the cornerstone of fire safety and the 13 fire advisory guides produced by the Government are now viewed as the definitive documents that set out the minimum requirements for fire safety.  They can be found here.