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Ethical Stone Register

Two more major stone companies join the Ethical Stone Register.

The Ethical Stone Register continues to welcome more natural stone companies as specifiers and clients increasingly look for ethical assurances about the materials they select for their projects....
WFF Director Mem Zekayi

WFF Director Mem Zekayi: “There’s no such thing as a cheap quartz surface: the raw material always costs the same, so somebody somewhere is paying for a cheaper job.”

A report highlighting the extra risk to stone workers of respirable crystalline silica (RCS) specifically from working quartz has been published by the American peer reviewed medical magazine Chest...
Covid-19 latest

The latest developments in coronavirus help and restrictions as the country gets back to work.

10 June deadline for further 80% Coronavirus Job Retention SchemeThe Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme, where the government pays up to 80% of an employee's salary, is changing from 1 July so...
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Remember to provide toilet and hand washing facilities for delivery drivers, says HSE.

As businesses re-open and require deliveries of products and materials, the Health & Safety Executive (HSE) has published a document in conjunction with the Department for Transport to reassure...

Take action of avoid Legionnaires' disease as you re-start water systems, says HSE.

The Health & Safety Executive (HSE) has issued a warning about Legionnaires' disease in unused water supplies as people return to work.This is clearly a potential danger for stone companies...
Sick pay reclaim

If you paid sick pay to anyone in relation to the coronavirus Covid-19 you can reclaim it from HM Revenue & Customs from 26 May.

The coronavirus Statutory Sick Pay Rebate Scheme will launch online next week (26 May).The scheme enables companies with fewer than 250 employees to claim back coronavirus-related Statutory Sick Pay...
Back to work

A fourth, updated version of The Construction Leadership Council’s Site Operating Procedures has been published.

The Construction Leadership Council’s Site Operating Procedures have been updated for a fourth time. The changes have been made to incorporate a number of technical changes as a result of...
Back to work

Stone Federation presents a list of resources you should check out before returning to work.

In response to the Prime Minister's announcement last Sunday outlining a return to work and the follow-up 50-page document published on Monday, Stone Federation Great Britain has published a...
government guide

A new 31-page PDF from the government for safe siteworking and £14million to the Health & Safety Executive to make sure you stick to the guidelines.

The Government has published supplementary guidance for working safely onsite. The 31-page document is intended to be used alongside the Construction Leadership safe site operating procedures...
BoE economic forecast

The Bank of England last week warned of the fastest and deepest recession in the UK since the 'great frost' of 1709.

Parliament was given more details on 11 May of the three-point 'roadmap' to a return to work from the Cornavirus lock-down in England. Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland are going their own...
HMRC Self-Employment Income Support Scheme

HMRC will be contacting self-employed people this week about the Self-Employment Income Support Scheme. You can check your eligibility online now.

HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC) has opened an online checker today (4 May) so the self-employed and partnerships can check their eligibility for the Self-Employment Income Support Scheme (SEISS) and...

Government adds construction workers showing symptoms of Covid-19 to the list of essential workers entitled to be tested.

Onsite construction workers in England showing symptoms of Covid-19 are among the essential workers eligible for testing if they get symptoms of the disease.Anyone working onsite who starts to feel...

It's better with a vacuum extractor on the grinder but it can still exceed the legal limit of RCS exposure and you need a mask when working high silica content products such as granite, engineered quartz and sandstone, finds the HSE.

A report by the Health & Safety Executive (HSE) has called into question the effectiveness of the dust extraction systems of power tools.The report, Assessment of dust extraction system solutions...
Back to work

Back to work must not mean back to normal. When sites re-open observe the Site Operating Procedures and keep 2m apart as much as possible. If you can't, wear a mask and wash or sanitise your hands frequently.

Prime Minister Boris Johnson spoke publicly on Monday 27 April for the first time since leaving hospital after being treated for the Covid-19 infection. He said the lock-down must continue....
Jobs Retention Scheme extended

The Coronavirus Jobs Retention Scheme has been extended for an extra month.

The government’s offer to meet 80% of furloughed employees' pay up to a maximum of £2,500 a month has been extended by a month to the end of June.It was originally intended to span a...