New WHO Global Air Quality Guidelines

The World Health Organization (WHO) has cut its recommended limits for air pollution and urged nations to tackle the problem and help save millions of lives.

This is the...

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Kitchen manufacturer fined after worker injured by machinery

Kitchen manufacturing company Omega PLC were sentenced for safety breaches after a worker severely injured their finger in unguarded machinery.

Sheffield Magistrates' Court heard that in Ma...

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Engineering company fined after worker diagnosed with occupational asthma

Lantern Engineering Ltd was sentenced for health breaches after workers were exposed to metal working fluid (MWF).

MWF is hazardous to health, and exposure can cause health conditions inclu...

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Care provider fined for failing to manage risk of service user

Action Group, who provides support to children and adults, has been fined £20,000 after the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) investigated how risks to staff were asse...

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UK Government consulting on making flexible working the norm

A new Consultation launched by the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) is seeking views on proposals to reform legislation on flexible working in...

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EU proposes a common charger to tackle e-waste

The EU Commission has taken an important step against e-waste and consumer inconvenience, primarily caused by the number of different, incompatible chargers for electronic d...

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First prosecution from COVID spot checks

A construction contractor has been fined after multiple health and safety issues were identified during a Covid spot check.

Manchester Magistrates’ Court heard that on 9 July 202...

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Consortium to investigate rural planning

Challenges faced by rural communities are being investigated by a consortium of academics after the RTPI appointed academics to consider what may need to change.

Rural Planning in the 2020s...

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Renewables could have reduced energy crisis

Industry experts have suggested that renewable energy could have played a big part in avoiding some of the major gas supply problems and soaring prices this winter.

Business Secretary...

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PM issues warning ahead of COP26

COP26 - the 26th UN Climate Change Conference - is arguably the most important yet. There is a lot of recent scientific research to suggest that we're almost out of time to fix our climate and acti...

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UN issues climate assessment

In the last few years, many countries have made climate pledges and set net zero carbon targets in a bid to try and slow and prevent damage to the climate from carbon emissions. However, a rather s...

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Planning reforms paused

The Government's proposed reform of the planning system has been put on hold by the new Housing Minister, Michael Gove.

The proposals to reform the planning sys...

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Planning Inspectorate Wales to transfer to Welsh Government

The Welsh Government has announced that the Planning Inspectorate Wales (PINS) will be merged into a new service called "Planning and Environment Decisions Wales" on 1 October 2021.


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Extra funding for renewable energy support scheme

The Government has announced an investment of £265 million into its flagship renewable energy support scheme - the Contracts for Difference (CfD) Scheme. The scheme encourages investment in l...

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HSE provide update on driving and riding for work

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) and the Department for Transport (DfT) has published updated guidance on work related road risk for employers a...

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