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Viridis are delighted to announce they are the new UK distributor for Betterbuxus

viridisBetterbuxus is the trade name for Boxwood hybrids, a range of four hybrid blight resistant Buxus varieties, developed by Herplant BV.

These innovative varieties are marketed exclusively in Europe and the United Kingdom by carefully selected distributors of which Viridis have been selected.

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ASFP releases new and updated technical publications

PR305 New publications 002The Association for Specialist Fire Protection (ASFP) published several documents in 2023, these included new and updated Advisory Notes (ANs) and Technical Guidance Documents (TGDs). Two new ANs were published and another four updated.

AN 32 covers the Association’s position on the use of BS 476-based fire resistance testing on Eurocode designed structures. This new AN considers the relationship between design codes, test methods and the building regulations. Written just prior to the Government starting the consultation on the future of BS 476 test methods, the text provides assurance for projects in the past and immediate future. However, once the outcome of the Government’s consultation on the future use of BS 476-based testing is clear, this text will need reviewing again.

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David Mosley begins a fresh chapter in his scaffolding career

Dave Mosley headshot smallAfter more than two decades of dedicated service at the National Access & Scaffolding Confederation (NASC), we wish a fond farewell to David Mosley as he leaves his role as Director of Training at NASC to take up full time as Managing Director of CISRS. We would like to take this opportunity to thank him for his invaluable contributions to the organisation and wish him all the best in his future endeavours.

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NASC expresses significant concern over scaffold collapses during recent high winds

Storm Henk 002NASC remains significantly concerned to see recent incidents involving the collapse of scaffolds and access equipment. While Storm Henk caused disruption in the UK, winter storms such as this are always anticipated and should not ordinarily result in the failures witnessed.

Thankfully, no individuals were injured, however, NASC is disappointed that such incidents undermine the good and steadily improving safety record of the scaffolding and access industry. Whilst NASC can’t comment on these specific incidents, which will be investigated by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE), it urges all clients and contractors to review their procurement and working at height practices.

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Veriforce CHAS urges businesses to support good mental health in 2024

8JxgndLVeriforce CHAS, the supply chain risk management expert, is encouraging employers to make a habit of addressing mental health in 2024 as new figures indicate that stress, depression or anxiety now account for almost half (49%) of all cases of work-related ill health.

According to the latest data from the HSE, during the 2022/23 period, approximately 875,000 workers experienced work-related stress, depression, or anxiety, resulting in 2,590 cases per 100,000 workers and an estimated loss of 17.1 million working days.

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