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The team at Panasonic has introduced a series of interactive, online accredited CIBSE CPD courses to enhance skills during these unprecedented times. The CPD courses have been developed by Panasonic and support learning in a variety of heating and cooling disciplines.
Panasonic’s CPD programme has been running throughout the year either at the company’s Bracknell HQ or in various locations around the UK and have been presented by the experienced and knowledgeable team at Panasonic. However, during these extraordinary times, these courses are now available in a digital format, using the video conferencing facilities via Microsoft Teams.
There’s no doubt that our building regulations are ripe for renewal. For too long they have been allowed to lag behind the curve of change, stagnating. They have not kept up to date with the latest thinking amongst industry academics and professionals.
The Association of Safety and Compliance Professionals (ASCP) has joined forces with CORGI Technical Services to launch a nationwide campaign, in a bid to reduce the spread of the COVID-19 virus across social housing.
Calling on the Government to support the social housing sector, both organisations have come together in partnership with social landlords across the UK, to campaign for an extension to regulatory gas services and safety check deadlines to be granted.
The ASCP, who through its 800 members is responsible for gas safety in over 2.5 million social homes, has received an avalanche of industry support from local authorities and housing associations, with hundreds responding to highlight their concerns and add their weight by also contacting their local MPs for support.
The housing association sector is today setting out how it is supporting residents during the coronavirus outbreak, in a statement coordinated by the National Housing Federation.
Since the outbreak began, housing associations have been working closely with residents, local government, the NHS and others local partners and charities to keep residents safe and supported in their homes. Many have been supporting older residents who are at greater risk - ensuring they stay active, healthy and safe in their homes, and checking what support networks of friends and family they have in place. Supported housing providers are doing all their can to ensure vulnerable people in shared accommodation stay safe including rough sleepers and victims of domestic violence. Others are keeping vital services running and helping communities to respond in a challenging and uncertain environment.
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In these unique times it’s essential that companies react flexibly to keep going and aluminium decking supplier AliDeck has done just that to carry on their conversations.
Like most businesses in the UK, AliDeck has temporarily suspended their HQ operations and transitioned their team to home-based working. With a very proactive sales department, AliDeck has embraced video-conferencing to continue reaching new audiences.
Testing and Maintenance of Life Safety Installations in buildings is mandatory under the Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order. Following the Prime Minister’s announcement at 8.30pm on 23 March 2020, it remains imperative that people living and working in the built environment are kept safe regardless of the current Covid-19 lockdown conditions. Fires still happen, emergencies do not respect crisis management.