Question of the week

Can I certify a fire door already installed in a building?
3 May 2018 - It is not possible to certify doors retrospectively. BWF recognised the huge legacy issue of existing doors without certification already in situ in the built environment. In reaction and to support the inspection of doors (in line with the Fire Safety Order requirements) set up (with the Guild of Architectural Ironmongery) the Fire Door Inspection Scheme, which is a training resource written by industry experts, to train Certificated Fire Door Inspectors. Read more...Question of the Week*
What Are The Requirements For Setting Up Scaffolds?
23 March 2015 - Within a workshop environment temporary work carried out at height should be minimal. There may be a need to access areas at height for maintenance purposes or for access to stored materials... Read more...Question of the Week*
An employee needs time off to deal with a family emergency. How much time off are they entitled to?
11 March 2015 - Employers are required to allow their staff to take time off from work to deal with emergencies involving people who depend on them (for example a spouse, partner, child or parent). Read more...Question of the Week*
Won’t a Window With a Centre Pane U-Value of 1.2 W/m2K Potentially Cause Exterior Condensation?
23 February 2015 - Predicting when windows would be susceptible to external condensation is difficult, and if it does occur, it may not occur on all windows in a property. This is due to particular conditions of high humidity, no wind and low overnight temperatures need to happen together. Read more...Question of the Week*
What does an employee need to prove to claim disability discrimination?
10 February 2015 - The Equality Act 2010 protects disabled employees from unjustified discrimination, but what is an employee claiming unlawful discrimination required to prove? Read more...Question of the Week*
When Should I Check My Woodworking Machinery?
4 February 2015 - For the majority of woodworking machinery, there is a clear risk of injury if the equipment is not kept in good working order. The cost of workplace injuries involving such equipment can be devastating in both financial and personal terms Read more...Question of the Week*
What should I pay an employee who has been laid off?
27 January 2015 - As an alternative to a compulsory redundancy programme, employers in the woodworking and joinery industry may prefer to lay-off staff. Read more...Question of the Week*
Can I protect my goods by using a ‘retention of title’ clause?
15 January 2015 - A 'retention of title' clause can displace the usual rule of law that title to passes to the buyer at the time of delivery and states that ownership of goods does not pass from a seller to a buyer unless and until the seller is paid for those goods. Read more...Question of the Week*
What Toilets And Washing Facilities Do I Need To Provide For Employees?
15 December 2014 - Workshops and joinery premises must provide suitable and sufficient sanitary and washing facilities. The facilities that you provide must meet the following standards... Read more...Question of the Week*
A former employee of mine is requesting that I give him a reference. Do I have to provide one?
11 December 2014 - Find out what information you are obliged to provide and why you may need to show due care in order to avoid legal action from the individual or even from a downstream employer Read more...Question of the Week*
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