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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...
Keep your distance

The Construction Leadership Council has published its third Site Operating Procedures guidance. It says people should keep 2m apart as much as possible and wear masks if they can't.

Following the brief appearance of the Construction Leadership Council's second Site Operating Procedures at the beginning of the month (rapidly withdrawn because they would have shut most sites...

The Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy has issued new guidelines on social distancing in the workplace to try to keep companies working.

The government's advice on whether you should continue working or not during the Covid-19 shut-down has been anything but clear or consistent, but we are all facing a situation we have not...
Wellbeing workshops for construction

Free online Wellbeing Workshops for those in construction start on 16 April.

Feeling down? A lot of people are. Calls to the Lighthouse charity's Construction Industry Helpline have increased by 25% over the past 10 days. If you want the Helpline, call 0345 505 1956...
This is an extremely worrying time for firms and workers. We know many workers, union reps and employers have questions and concerns about safe working – especially for those continuing to work...
Coronavirus feedback

Share your experience of the pandemic with others in the stone industry.

Still working? Self-isolating? On furlough? Share your experience by leaving a comment below.Alok Sharma, the Secretary of State for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy, has praised the...
Jane Buxey, Chief Executive of Stone Federation Great Britain

Jane Buxey, Chief Executive of Stone Federation Great Britain: "I truly believe we are stronger together,"

A message from Jane Buxey, Chief Executive of Stone Federation Great Britain: In the middle of these unprecedented times we at the Stone Federation wanted to assure all members that we are still...

Italy is closing down all production from 22 March for two weeks.

Italy, where hundreds of people are now dying every day from Cornovirus Covid-19, is shutting down production for a fortnight from tomorrow (Monday 23 March) in order to try to beat the pandemic.A...
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Stone Federation joins industry lobby of government to address Coronavirus issues for stone companies.

19 March 2020 | Health, Safety, Ethical & Environmental | 2 Comments
Free Legal Advice for MembersAs part of the Stone Federation Business Support service, Members (and you must be a Member) can access free legal advice. This can cover anything related to the impacts...
Safety Climate

Is the health & safety culture of your company up to scratch? Check it out with the Health & Safety Executive Safety Climate Tool.

If you employ people you presumably already know you have a legal duty to assess their working conditions and protect them from harm*.People you employ also have a responsibility for their own health...