Category: Blog

Fire Safety in Scotland

The Fire Safety Act 2021 and The Fire Safety (England) Regulations 2022 don’t apply to Scotland, but that doesn’t mean that there aren’t changes that you need to consider. New guides have been introduced for existing buildings as follows - high-rise domestic buildings, non-residential premises, specialised housing, and care homes. Please note that this guidance [...]

New Fire Regulations by Building Height (England)

In our recent blog New Fire Safety Act - May 2022, we discuss the recently introduced Act and the implications that it has for you. Here we consider the new fire regulations and how they apply on different building heights:   Multi-occupied residential buildings, of two or more sets of domestic premises Fire Safety Instructions: [...]

New Fire Safety Act – May 2022 (England)

England has recently introduced a new Fire Safety Act. The Fire Safety (England) Regulations 2022 was introduced in Mid May 2022 – read on to find out all the important information you need for to comply with this new Act. Why are these changes being implemented? We’ll all be familiar with the catastrophic Grenfell Tower [...]

How can you protect your volunteers?

During National Volunteers Week we’re celebrating volunteers and thanking them for the wonderful contributions they make to our communities, and at Armour we’re also looking at the key Health & Safety responsibilities of organisations who engage volunteers. In September 2021 an Anglers Association in England was fined £66,000 after admitting to breaching Health & Safety [...]

Make flexible working work – long-term strategies

In times BC (Before COVID-19), only about 5% of the workforce had their home as their standard place of work. The number of people working from home has increased steadily over the last five years, but the last couple of years has escalated remote working at a rapid pace. Many employees are balancing work with [...]

Make flexible working work – the legal bit

As the UK heads back into offices and places of work, many businesses are implementing a flexible approach where staff can continue to work remotely for part of their working week. Employees are now aware of how it is possible to work effectively from home and have learned how to use the technology that supports [...]

Make flexible working work – the cultural bit

A virtual working environment presents a particular challenge for employers, as it requires different management approaches compared with the traditional working environment. Specifically, maintaining organisational culture and trust, as well as ensuring regular communication and collaboration across virtual teams requires more dedicated effort and different management skills from leaders. Additionally, given the rapid shift we [...]

Managing Mental Health – Difficult Conversations

Having difficult or sensitive conversations about mental health is never easy but in today’s climate, employers and managers should be aware of how to conduct these conversations when the situation arises. Here are a few pointers to bear in mind: Choose an appropriate place – somewhere private and quiet where the person feels comfortable and [...]

Managing Mental Health – Management Skills

Too often employees are scared to tell their manager about a mental health problem and so problems can spiral. A recent survey revealed that one in five people felt they couldn’t tell their boss if they were overly stressed at work and less than half of people diagnosed with a mental health problem had told [...]

Managing Mental Health – Culture

Since the start of the pandemic, the mental health of the workforce has deteriorated significantly. More than 1 in 5 people with no prior experience of mental health issues say their mental health is now poor or very poor, according to the mental health charity MIND. When people find themselves crying, feeling angry and upset [...]