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Quartz on fire

PAS 9980:2022 for the fire risk appraisal of external wall construction and cladding warns that engineered/reconstituted stone “cannot be assumed to be non‑combustible (as is the case with natural stone)".

13 January 2022 | Legislation / Standards
Following the Grenfell Tower fire, where 72 people died when the cladding caught alight, BSI has published a PAS (publicly available specification) providing a methodology for the fire risk appraisal...
3 December 2021 | Legislation / Standards
Although the government has put the deadline for changing over from CE Marking to the post-Brexit UKCA Marking (UK(NI) in Northern Ireland) back a year to January 2023 (read about that here), it says...
Random building site

Umar Akram Khatab has become the first person to be prosecuted following a Covid-19 spot check by HSE.

18 September 2021 | Legislation / Standards
There have been 316,000 Covid spot checks carried out by the Health & Safety Executive since the start of the pandemic lock-downs. Now one of them has resulted in a prosecution. On 17...
UKCA marking

The change from CE marking to UKCA marking has been put back a year to 2023 in response to industry concerns.

24 August 2021 | Legislation / Standards | 1 Comment
The government has given in to industry pressure and put back by a year the deadline for changing from CE marking to post-Brexit UK Conformity Assessed (UKCA) marking. The changeover was...
Minimum Wage

There's no legitimate reason not to pay the minimum wage.

17 August 2021 | Legislation / Standards
While the vast majority of employers pay their employees at least the National Minimum Wage, HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC) has published some of the excuses it has received from those who don...
BuildUK Graph

Most BuildUK contractor members say they will continue social distancing on at least some sites after 19 July.

14 July 2021 | Legislation / Standards
In the announcement about the lifting of Covid restrictions on Monday (12 July) the Prime Minister said "caution is absolutely vital". Contractors seem to have taken that to heart and in a...

In October in the USA, International standards organisation ASTM is hosting a symposium on the use of dimension stone in construction.

13 July 2021 | Legislation / Standards
American standards organisation ASTM International’s Dimension Stone Committee (C18) is sponsoring a Symposium on Dimension Stone Use in the Built Environment on 6 October in the Atlanta...
WFF logo

The WFF is working with HSE to see if it is possible to breathalyse for respirable crystalline silica (RCS).

15 June 2021 | Legislation / Standards
Stone trade bodies the Worktop Fabricators Federation and Stone Federation Great Britain are among those working with Health & Safety Executive (HSE) scientists to see if it is possible to...
Chancellor Rishi Sunak with the Budget

Chancellor Rishi Sunak presented a budget of continued help but with increased taxes to follow.

5 March 2021 | Legislation / Standards
In this week's Budget (on 3 March), Chancellor Rishi Sunak announced ongoing support packages for businesses but with tax increases to come: Bounceback and CBILS loans will be replaced by a...
BS 7533 part 101 out for comment

BS 7533 part 101 code of practice for paving is out for comment. Deadline for submissions is 27 March.

4 February 2021 | Legislation / Standards
BSI is now inviting comments on the proposed changes to BS 7533: Code of Practice for the design of pavements constructed with natural stone or concrete paving units. Deadline for submissions is 27...
Stone cladding

The new BS 8298 for stone cladding is generally accepted as an improvement.

28 January 2021 | Legislation / Standards
The revised version of BS 8298: Code of Practice for the Design & Installation of Natural Stone Cladding & Lining, has met with general agreement it is an improvement on the standard as it...
Houses being built

The government has commited £10million to establish a National Construction Products Regulator to oversee the quality of building products.

19 January 2021 | Legislation / Standards
The government is to create a National Construction Products Regulator to oversee the quality of building products. The move follows the Grenfell Tower blaze in London that killed 72 people and...
UKCA mark

This is the new UKCA mark that replaces the CE mark from 1 January 2021.

6 November 2020 | Legislation / Standards
Many stone products are required to be CE marked. It is part of Building Regulations and is the law, even though it is sometimes ignored when it comes to stone. Once the Brexit transition period is...

Chancellor Rishi Sunak has announced more help for the self-employed and an extension of government-backed business loans.

3 November 2020 | Legislation / Standards
The government has doubled the support it is giving self-employed people during the November lockdown. They will now receive 80% of their pre-Covid profit. It also promises they will not have to...
Job Support Scheme expanded again

State support to be increased for businesses and employees hit by more coronavirus restrictions.

23 October 2020 | Legislation / Standards
The government has made more changes to the Job Support Scheme (JSS) that comes into effect on 1 November, the day after the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (the furlough scheme) ends. In...