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Fire Door Safety Week: Get Safe, Get Certified
12 July 2018 - Fire Door Safety Week 2018 will be taking place the week of 24th – 30th September. The underlining theme will be ‘Fire Door Five: Shutting the door on fire and smoke’. It falls under our Build it Better with Wood approach and to kick things off we have highlighted 5 things you could do to support Fire Door Safety Week: Read more...BWF Blog
No False Modesty: Enter the BWF Awards Today
22 June 2018 - This is a quick reminder that the BWF Awards close for entries on the 6th July. Entry is quick and easy via the interactive forms that you can download from the website. The shortlist will be announced at a reception to celebrate Building it Better with Wood at the Woodworking Exhibition on the 2nd October and all shortlisted entries will receive a free ticket to the BWF Annual Dinner on the 23rd November in London (where the winners will be announced by our celebrity host). Read more...BWF Blog
Do 1 million Fire Doors Need to be Replaced?
15 June 2018 - Twelve months on from Grenfell, Fire Doors continue to be under intense scrutint. Read more...BWF Blog
New funding support, new Wood Products Manufacturing Apprenticeship and a successful pilot
30 May 2018 - The last few weeks has seen a few real successes in the BWF training activity. Successful completion of our Centres of Excellence Pilot, New Funding available through the WIT Forum and the publication of the new Wood Products Manufacturing Operative Apprentice Standard Read more...BWF Blog
Building a Safer Future - The impact of the Hackitt Review on the Woodworking Sector
29 May 2018 - With a fortnight now to digest the full 159 pages of the Hackitt review, we have prepared a more detailed summary. This summary draws out the key points and starts to gather some of our thinking on the direction of travel. There is without doubt some very clear thinking in the review, it recognises the need to focus on a buildings lifecycle and the need to focus on regulation, culture and enforcement. Encouragingly third party certification is very much part of the solution as proposed by Dame Hackitt, but it is rightly not seen as the be all and end all and the review calls for close scrutiny of the processes within certification. Vitally the review recognises the spaghetti of regulation does not help us to construct safe buildings and it points to a similar issue created by the contractual nature of construction, that oftentimes does not create the right collaborative environment. It starts to lean in to definitions of competenc Read more...BWF Blog
Exciting changes at the BWF
16 May 2018 - The British Woodworking Federation needs to, not just deliver for today, but to have more of an eye on the future. Read more...BWF Blog
Each Home Counts - a force for good?
3 May 2018 - I hope Each Home Counts is a force for good and isn't just another badge. If you haven't caught up on the consultation it closed a week or so ago and I am grateful to all members who fed in their views. You can see our full response here, but even as I read it again I feel the frustration bubbling up again, I am a naturally optimistic soul, but I am finding it really hard to be enthused. We all want standards to improve and frameworks will help, but is another voluntary initiave going to make the difference we need. Read more...BWF Blog
Occupational health and the woodworking industry
21 March 2018 - British industry has made great strides in addressing safety since the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974, but there’s still so much to be done in terms of improving health. Margaret Grahamslaw, Head of Occupational Health at B&CE, shares her thoughts... Read more...BWF Blog
What to consider when looking to bring in Health & Safety help
7 March 2018 - Want to avoid generic Health and Safety support and long contracts? BWF Technical consultant Jon Gorf gives you some tips if your considering bringing in external H&S advisors. Read more...BWF Blog
Don't get caught out by CITB training reforms: read our FAQs
7 March 2018 - If you pay and claim CITB Levy it is worth trying to get your head round the new rules which could ultimately cut down on paperwork and see training providers raise their game. Read more...BWF Blog
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