Blogs

February 13, 2023

Dispelling Myths for Fire Doors as from 23rd January 2023

The Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005 has been updated with the Fire Safety Act 2021 and requires all fire doors to be regularly inspected...

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February 7, 2024

Mastering Risk Assessment and Method Statement Training: Empowering Businesses for Success

Fast R Solutions, is at the forefront of empowering businesses with comprehensive risk assessment and method statement training. 

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January 25, 2024

Enhancing Workplace Safety: The Importance of Health and Safety Signs

One often overlooked aspect of workplace safety is the presence of health and safety signs and fire safety signs. These signs play a vital role in communicating important information and guiding individuals in case of emergencies.

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February 20, 2023

The Chain of Events Leading to a Near-Miss or Accident

There is always a chain of events that lead up to a near miss or accident...

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January 13, 2023

The Accidents Stats are in for 2022!

In the recent years prior to the pandemic, the rate of self-reported work-related ill health had been mostly flat. The current rate is higher than the 2018/19 pre-coronavirus levels!

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December 2, 2022

Fire Risk Assessments

Fire Risk Assessments also known as FRAs are a legal requirement of The Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005 (also known as the RRO), which came into force in 2006...

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August 8, 2022

Site-Specific -v- Generic Risk Assessments

In the world of Health & Safety there are many risk assessments, it can become overwhelming and confusing.

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July 29, 2022

Builders’ Merchant Fined for Life-Changing Injury

What happened? Let’s go back to August 2021 when three workers were using a fork-lift truck to unload 20 steel mesh sheets weighing approx.

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July 22, 2022

External Walls are now part of a Fire Risk Assessment

The Fire Safety (England) Regulations 2022 will make it a legal requirement from 23 January 2023 for external walls to now form part of an FRA (Fire Risk Assessment).

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July 11, 2022

Secure Information Boxes

It would be advisable that all multiple occupancy premises have what’s known as Secure Information Boxes (aka Premises Information Boxes), however...

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June 24, 2022

Solar Panels & Fire Risks

It is now relatively common to see solar PV panels on rooftops of houses, apartment blocks, public buildings and commercial/industrial buildings.

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June 17, 2022

Be Aware of Lithium Batteries!

Lithium batteries can be found in many of our everyday electrical items from mobility scooters to e-cigarettes to mobile phones to laptops and many more.

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June 10, 2022

Smoke & Fire Alarms for the Deaf or Hard of Hearing

For anyone who is deaf or hard of hearing may have varying levels of sensitivity to sounds.

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May 27, 2022

Young Persons

What’s the definition of a “Young Person” – It is someone under the age of 18 as defined by the HSE.

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May 20, 2022

Using Ladders & Stepladders

The HSE have issued a safety bulletin with guidance on the use of ladders and stepladders, but why and what does this mean?

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May 13, 2022

Emergency Lighting Requirements

Legal Requirements – Emergency lighting provision is governed by the Management of Health and Safety at Work Regulations 1999; it’s also part of the fire safety provision of a building and a requirement of the Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005.

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May 6, 2022

Why was a Principle Contractor Sentenced?

Works were stopped and a principle contractor prosecuted after he had supervised unsafe excavation works, which out employees in danger and rendered the neighbouring property unstable. So what actually happened and went wrong?

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April 29, 2022

“Reasonably Practicable” And What it Means

You may have seen this frequently mentioned in health and safety legislation term “so far as is reasonably practicable”, but do you know what it actually means?

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April 25, 2022

Time is coming to a close on Ionisation Smoke Detectors

It’s time to replace and upgrade those Ionisation smoke detectors, which contain a small amount of radioactive material proving to be an environmental problem for their disposal.

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April 19, 2022

Scaffolding Contractor Fined following Worker’s Fall from Height

Whilst a worker was dismantling a temporary roof structure aka a tin hat scaffold, he fell approximately eight meters onto the roof of the property below and then onto the ground.

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April 8, 2022

Hot & Cold Water Tanks

For those properties with an older water system there may be a hot and/or cold water tank located in the loft or another high point in the building, but it’s important not to ignore them.

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April 1, 2022

£1 million fine for BUPA fire death

A BUPA care company has been ordered to pay fines and costs of over £1 million for a fire that killed a care home resident.

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March 25, 2022

London Underground not liable for trespassers death

In January 2017, a 35 year-old IT specialist who was intoxicated and trying to make his way home during freezing conditions, went through a barrier and gates reserved for emergency use only, at Canning Town station.

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March 18, 2022

Prepare for High-Rise “Safety Case Reports"

Those who own or manage high-rise residential building (HRB) are being urged by the HSE to start preparations for new legislation.

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March 11, 2022

PPE for all Workers

On 6th April 2022, The Personal Protective Equipment at Work (Amendments) Regulations 2022 (PPE) come into force, but how will this affect you?

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March 4, 2022

Man jailed for worn tyres!

A car owner has been jailed for two and a half years and banned from driving for nearly four and a half years after he allowed a friend to drive his vehicle knowing that it had dangerously worn tyres.

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February 25, 2022

Do you Control Shared Premises?

Let us explain what we mean – if you have management responsibilities for a multi-occupancy premises because you may be a landlord, agent or hold the head lease for a shared premises building whilst subletting some of it to other employers.

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February 18, 2022

£1 million fine for bath scalding

A 93-year old nursing home resident suffering from dementia was put into a scalding bath by a junior carer.After a few minutes the carer realised that the water was too hot.

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February 11, 2022

Faulty passenger lift kills resident!

In early 2017 a care home resident died in a faulty passenger lift. Although the lift maintenance company had identified the problem which caused it, the faulty passenger lift remained in service.

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February 3, 2022

Council fined £300,000 over fallen Oak tree

A council has been fined in-relation to an accident in which a man was killed by a fallen oak tree.

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January 27, 2022

Accident Stats are in for 2021!

The HSE accident stats have shown a return to pre-2020 accident numbers.

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April 6, 2021

Risk Awareness VS Social Media

A common sight when disasters occur is hordes of people with their phones pointed at the commotion.

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February 12, 2021

Fast R Solutions pledge their support by signing The Armed Forces Covenant

“The Armed Forces Covenant is a promise by the nation ensuring that those who serve or who have served in the armed forces, and their families, are treated fairly.”

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February 8, 2021

Why do we Ignore Fire Alarms?

We are all guilty of ‘It’ll never happen to me’ thinking, especially in regard to health and safety. There are instances where fire alarms activate when there is no fire...

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August 13, 2020

The Dangers of Being Left-Handed

It is estimated around 10% of the global population is left-handed, which means there are potentially 6 million left-handed people in the UK alone.

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June 30, 2020

Meet Sam: The Office Manager

Sam has been with us since February 2020. Before joining us she studied Art and Business before going on to work in a diverse range of customer facing roles including food and retail outlets.

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June 26, 2020

Fast R Solutions gain ISO 9001:2015 Certification

Today 26/06/20 After 24 months of considerable growth which saw the company move into new offices, take on more staff and embedding processes Fast R Solutions received their BS EN ISO 9001:2015 certificate

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May 26, 2020

Electrical Standard changes 2020: How will it affect landlords?

As of 1st June 2020, private landlords will be legally required to have electrical systems in their properties inspected in order to comply with the Electrical Safety Standards in the private rented sector (England) Regulations 2020.

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January 1, 2020

2015 -2020 Company milestones

Company Milestones and Company Growth 2015 – 2020

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December 10, 2016

PAT Testing, Portable Appliance Testing

PAT testing, Portable Appliance Testing, In Service Inspection.

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July 10, 2016

6 Fire Risk Assessment Musts

The dictionary provides the meaning of “Assessment” as the action of “assessing someone or something”.

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August 11, 2015

Health & Safety: can’t see the wood for the trees

Those of us who confess to being health & safety professionals can sometimes be perplexed by new legislation, case law or codes of practice.

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July 8, 2015

Should you go beyond health & safety compliance?

Latest figures from the HSE website indicate they successfully prosecuted 582 cases, with a conviction secured in 547 cases, a conviction rate of 94%

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July 1, 2015

Trust, Ethics and Clients

A fire risk assessor works on behalf of the client. Looking at their fire safety arrangements, management and the property in order to identify anything that does not meet current legislation, approved codes of practice and guidance in order to make appropriate recommendations for improvement.

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June 23, 2015

Risk perception and safety

Risk is something we all have to deal with, but how we perceive risk leaves some at more risk than others.

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June 6, 2015

Does common sense equal safety?

People often see health & safety as common sense. The government agrees and commissioned Lord Young to investigate. Explore prevailing attitudes.

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June 1, 2015

Do low risk environments exist?

A senior executive from a property management company recently stated the company they worked for operates within a low risk environment. Which started me thinking, is there such thing as a low risk environment?

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May 26, 2015

Fire safety Management is still important

The Fire safety statistics for last year again show a positive reduction in the fire related deaths and injuries. So does this mean that business can now move their focus from this subject?

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February 5, 2015

5 Reasons to Review your Fire Risk Assessment

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March 4, 2015

Has the Regulatory Reform ( Fire safety) Order 2005 made things easier?

The Regulatory Reform (Fire safety) Order 2005 is 10 years old this year, but has it made things easier for those that have to deal with fire safety?

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March 10, 2015

Has Health & Safety Gone Mad?

Health & safety gone mad is a phrase I hear all too often; used to describe what some perceive as restrictions on getting the job done. It never ceases to amaze me that people take this view with appropriately implemented health & safety.

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Have you seen our current career opportunities?

To apply to any of our available roles please send your CV via email to contact@fastrsolutions.uk

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