Question of the week

Can I Charge My Employees For The Personal Protective Equipment I Provide For Them?
16 January 2012 - Employees in woodworking and joinery workshops may need Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) to carry out their job safely. Such equipment will frequently include gloves, goggles, protective boots, and other items. Read more...Question of the Week*
Do Common Stairs In Blocks of Flats Require Over Wide Tapered Treads As Stated In Part M?
23 December 2011 - We explain what the regulations are for common stairs in a block of flats in relation to flats and how to overcome the contradictions in the different parts of the Building Regulations. Read more...Question of the Week*
We Have Just Reopened After The Christmas Holiday Shutdown. What Is The Minimum Temperature Allowed For The Workshop?
20 December 2011 - This is a familiar question at this time of the year, especially when members have come back from their winter shutdown to be greeted by a cold workshop that has lain dormant for the last couple of weeks. Read more...Question of the Week*
A Contractor Has Asked To See Our Corporate Social Responsibility Policy. What Do I Need To Provide?
9 December 2011 - Along with Health and Safety method statements and environmental policies, public sector clients and larger contractors will frequently request evidence that your company takes a responsible attitude to business, going beyond minimum legal requirements. Read more...Question of the Week*
What Are NHBC’s Requirements For The Basic Security Of Door Assemblies?
29 November 2011 - Technical Manager, Kevin Underwood, explains the guidelines NHBC has set out for basic security or door assemblies to ensure increase resistance to unauthorised entry. Read more...Question of the Week*
Some Companies Are Undercutting My Prices By Supplying Windows That Do Not Meet The Requirements Of Part L...
11 November 2011 - There are some exceptions to compliance to Part L for U-Values of 1.6W/m2K, but members are telling us of instances where compliance is not being inforced. Read more...Question of the Week*
What Can A Small Joinery Company Do To Help Improve The Quality Of Manufacture In The Workshop?
28 October 2011 - While a small business has the advantage of being more agile compared to a large business and therefore more able to implement changes, many Lean Manufacturing tools may prove to be too complex or costly. There are, however, a few simple tools that are may prove to be more suitable for a small business to consider initially. Read more...Question of the Week*
Am I Required To Have A PRS Or PPL License If I Have A Radio In My Workshop?
16 September 2011 - A large number of calls and e-mails in to our member helpline over the last few weeks has meant that, for this week’s General Helpline Question, we have chosen to revisit the topic of music licenses. Read more...Question of the Week*
Fire Doors: How Reliable Is My Design?
1 September 2011 - “How quickly can I get hold of some of your labels for my fire doors? I have to provide the client with a certificate, and I haven’t got one. Can someone take a quick look at my doors and give me some of your labels to put on them?”. “Sorry”, was the answer, “it doesn’t quite work like that”. Read more...Question of the Week*
When Replacing Doors And Windows Who Is Responsible For Complying With The Planning Rules And Building Regulations?
19 August 2011 - Who is responsibile for gaining permissions and dealing with any disputes or breaches of planning law? Read more...Question of the Week*
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