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The internet is a valuable tool, but how do you know the information is reliable and can be trusted.

Below are some sites that we believe are trustworthy and will give you correct guidance to keep you in compliance with legislation in the UK.

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BRE Global and the Loss Prevention Certification Board

http://www.bre.co.uk

The website of BRE Global Ltd “an independent third party approvals body offering certification of fire, security and sustainability products and services” – an online searchable copy of the LPCB’s Red Book of fire and security etc approved products can also be found at http://www.redbooklive.com

NICEIC

http://www.niceic.org.uk

This site includes a search facility for NICEIC approved electrical contractors and a number of advice leaflets including ones on portable electrical appliance testing, and testing fixed electrical installations.

NSI

http://www.nsi.org.uk

This site includes a search facility for NSI approved security firms, also technical news pages.

SSAIB

http://www.ssaib.co.uk

This site includes a search facility for SSAIB registered security firms.

Architecture.com

http://www.architecture.com

Architecture.com is a portal for information on the built environment, provided by the Royal Institute of British Architects.

Association of Technical Lightning & Access Specialists (ATLAS)

http://www.atlas.org.uk/

Formerly the National Federation of Master Steeplejacks and Lightning Conductor Engineers, Atlas is a trade association for firms who are engaged in “work at height”. Includes a member search facility.

BPI-Building Products Index

http://www.bpindex.co.uk/

A searchable building product database. Some entries include product catalogues.

Barbour Product Search

http://www.barbourproductsearch.info/

A searchable building product database. Some entries include product catalogues.

Building Conservation.com

http://www.buildingconservation.com/

This site includes articles on building conservation topics.

Communities and Local Government Department

http://www.communities.gov.uk

Includes for England & Wales, information on Building Regulations and fire safety issues, including a suite of trade sector specific fire safety risk assessment guides.

Illustrated Architecture Dictionary

http://www.buffaloah.com/a/DCTNRY/vocab.html

A useful American site containing an illustrated architectural dictionary.

INCA – Insulated Render and Cladding Association

http://www.inca-ltd.org.uk/

The website of the Insulated Render and Cladding Association includes details of different wall cladding and render systems as well as a register of members.

Planning Portal

http://www.planningportal.gov.uk

Website for the UK government’s online planning and building regulations resource. The site is mainly intended for users in England and Wales.

Plant Maintenance Resource Centre

http://www.plant-maintenance.com/

An Australian site which includes a range of articles of general interest on this subject.

National Society of Master Thatchers

http://www.nsmtltd.co.uk/

Includes useful downloadable leaflets on thatched roof related issues.

RIBA Product Selector

http://www.ribaproductselector.com/

A searchable building product database. Some entries include product catalogues.

Timber Research and Development Association

http://www.trada.co.uk/

Website of the TRADA (nee ‘Timber Research and Development Association) – includes useful information on timber framed buildings and timber fire doors.

BSI British Standards

http://www.bsi-global.com

BSI Group includes BSI British Standards, the UK’s National Standards Body. This website includes a search facility.

British Damage Management Association

http://www.bdma.org.uk/

Includes advice on flood recovery procedures and downloadable flood related advice leaflets.

Business Continuity Institute (BCI)

http://www.thebci.org

Includes (in chapter format) downloadable ‘Good Practice Guidelines’ covering various aspects of business continuity management.

Continuity Central

http://www.continuitycentral.com/uk.htm

A business continuity related news website. Some archived features and articles.

Disaster Advice

http://www.disasteradvice.co.uk/

Consultancy based website with general information on Disaster Recovery and Business Continuity including a comprehensive Glossary of terms.

Preparing for emergencies

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/preparing-for-emergencies/preparing-for-emergencies

A simple guidance document issued by the Civil Contingencies Secretariat in the Cabinet Office. Includes general advice on business continuity planning and some case studies.

Action Against Business Crime

http://www.businesscrime.org.uk/

AABC is the national organisation for business crime reduction partnerships (BCRPs) – the website includes useful leaflets to download.

Association of Convenience Stores

The ACS website includes news and some advice on security.

BOSS (British Oil Security Syndicate)

http://www.bossuk.org/

The website of the British Oil Security Syndicate – includes useful leaflets on crime prevention for petrol filling station operators, as well as news reports on actual crimes.

British Security Industry Association

http://www.bsia.co.uk/

British Security Industry Association site – Includes a number of useful leaflets on intruder alarms and other security related matters on its download page.

CCTV User Group

http://www.cctvusergroup.com/

Includes general advice pages on CCTV, including some downloadable guidance.

Door and Hardware Federation

http://www.dhfonline.org.uk/

The Door and Hardware Federation was created by a merger between the Association of Building Hardware Manufactures and the Door & Shutter Manufacturers Association. The website includes useful “Best Practice Guides” on security products such as fire exit hardware, window locks and padlocks etc, a Code of practice for Fire Resisting Roller Shutters and a link to the website for the DHF/GAI publication “Code of Practice: Hardware for Fire and Escape Doors”.

European Network and Information Security Agency (ENISA)

http://www.enisa.europa.eu/

The European Agency concerned with communications and information network security – includes and risk management/risk assessment section with an overview on current, emerging and future risks, corporate governance etc.

Museums, Libraries and Archives Council

http://www.mla.gov.uk/

Website of The Museums, Libraries and Archives Council – includes numerous useful information pages on security and conservation matters

National Plant & Equipment Register

http://www.ter-europe.org/

The National Plant & Equipment Register – information on the service provided plus annual reports on plant related thefts and a downloadable Loss Prevention Guide.

Scottish Business Crime Centre

Website for a crime reduction initiative supported by the Police, business community and the Scottish Government – newsletters, a good practice database and information sharing.

Security Industry Authority

http://www.the-sia.org.uk/home

The SIA is responsible for the licensing of individuals working in specific sectors of the private security industry and the management of the Approved Contractor Scheme – the website includes searchable registers.

Sold Secure

http://www.soldsecure.com/

Details of “Sold Secure” scheme approved security products plus glossary of security terms and Master Locksmiths Association Guide to Minimum Domestic Security guidelines.

Electrical Contractors Association

http://www.eca.co.uk

The Electrical Contractors Association – includes details of their bond scheme, also a member search facility.

Institution of Engineering and Technology

http://www.theiet.org/

Website of The Institution of Engineering and Technology (which was formed in March 2006 by The Institution of Electrical Engineers (IEE) and the Institution of Incorporated Engineers (IIE).) – includes blank inspection forms which can be downloaded for use by electricians.

NICEIC

http://www.niceic.org.uk

NICEIC is an independent voluntary regulatory body for electrical installation contractors. NICEIC Group Ltd is a wholly owned subsidiary of and operates under licence from the Electrical Safety Council. The website includes a search facility for NICEIC approved electrical contractors and a number of advice leaflets.

PAT Testing

http://www.pat-testing.info

A website dedicated to all aspects of portable electrical appliance testing.

Environment Agency (for England and Wales)

www.environment-agency.gov.uk

The Agency’s website includes advice on environmental issues for businesses including downloadable “Pollution Prevention Guidelines” leaflets.

WRAP (previously Envirowise)

http://www.wrap.org.uk/

WRAP is a government funded programme of free, confidential environmental advice to UK businesses. The service includes an advice line, on-site visits, information resources, events and the website

MAGIC

http://www.magic.gov.uk/

MAGIC is a partnership project involving six government organisations who have responsibilities for rural policy-making and management. The website provides access to online interactive maps designed to bring together information on key environmental schemes and designations.

SEARS

http://www.sears.scotland.gov.uk

SEARS is a partnership of nine public bodies in Scotland. The website is a portal mainly aimed at “Scotland’s rural land managers” and provides details of the services provided by each of SEARS agencies. It includes various downloadable forms and documents.

Smart Waste

http://www.smartwaste.co.uk/

Service provided by the Building Research Establishment aimed at businesses operating within the construction industry and who have to comply with current site waste management legislation. Includes access to the SMARTWaste Plan tool and the BREMAP search tool to find waste management facilities.

Scottish Environment Protection Agency

http://www.sepa.org.uk/

Includes advice pages and some free publications.

Water Regulations Advisory Scheme

http://www.wras.co.uk/

The Water Regulations Advisory Scheme – includes general advice plus a related chemical database.

Fire and Blast Information Group (FABIG)

http://www.fabig.com/

Website for a non-profit membership based group concerned with the development and sharing of expert knowledge on fires and explosions – includes some general information as priced publications.

Health & Safety Executive

http://www.hse.gov.uk

The Health & Safety Executive’s website includes sections on “Fire and Explosion”, “Explosives”, the Dangerous Substances and Explosive Atmospheres Regulations (DSEAR) and the relevant EC Directive on them (ATEX).

GESTIS-database on hazardous substances

http://gestis.itrust.de/nxt/gateway.dll/gestis_en/000000.xml?f=templates&fn=default.htm&vid=gestiseng:sdbeng

An English language version of a German Hazardous substances database. The database is maintained by BGIA a German Institute for research and testing.

GESTIS-DUST-EX

http://staubex.ifa.dguv.de/?lang=e

An English language version of a German database containing information on dusts which may present an explosion risk. Very useful as it contains information on materials in their different forms. The database is produced and maintained by BGIA, a German institute for research and testing.

Arson Prevention Forum

http://www.stoparsonuk.org/

A number of general advice leaflets are available to download on this site.

Association for Specialist Fire Protection

http://www.asfp.org.uk

Includes a useful member company list for fire stopping firms etc. also technical publications.

BAFE

http://www.bafe.org.uk

Details of firms involved in various sections of the fire alarm/detection and suppression industry who work to BAFE schemes.

Communities and Local Government Department

http://www.communities.gov.uk

Includes, for England & Wales, information on Building Regulations and fire safety issues, including a suite of trade sector specific fire safety risk assessment guides.

Door and Hardware Federation

http://www.dhfonline.org.uk/

The Door and Hardware Federation was created by a merger between the Association of Building Hardware Manufacturers and the Door & Shutter Manufacturers Association. The website includes useful “Best Practice Guides” on security products such as fire exit hardware, window locks and padlocks etc. a Code of practice for Fire Resisting Roller Shutters and a link to the website for the DHF/GAI publication “Code of Practice: Hardware for Fire and Escape Doors”

Electricity Safety Council

http://www.esc.org.uk/

Includes advice leaflets and articles, including one entitled “Landlords and fire alarms and emergency lighting systems”, as well as guidance on Periodic Inspection Reports.

Fire Industry Association

http://www.fia.uk.com/

The Fire Industry Association was formed in April 2007 by the merger of the Fire Extinguishing Trades Association, the British Fire Protection Systems Association and the Fire Industry Confederation – includes details of fire extinguisher and fire protection firms and some guides and fact sheets.

Fire Net

http://www.fire.org.uk/

This website is mainly aimed at fire service professionals but it includes advice sections and useful links to other websites including a section which lists chemical and hazardous materials databases.

Fire Protection Association

http://www.thefpa.co.uk

The FPA is the UK’s national fire safety organisation. Limited free information plus priced publications and other training material to order.

Intumescent Fire Seals Association

http://www.ifsa.org.uk

The website of the Intumescent Fire Seals Association includes numerous useful downloads including advice sheets and details of member company products.

National Fire Sprinkler Network

http://www.nfsn.co.uk

The National Fire Sprinkler Network – includes news on sprinkler system related matters including fires involving sprinklers.

Passive Fire Protection Federation

http://www.pfpf.org/

Website of the Passive Fire Protection Federation – includes useful advice leaflets and best practice guides.

Scottish Government – Firelaw

http://www.infoscotland.com/firelaw

Includes general and sector specific guidance on fire legislation and fire safety risk assessment matters for premises in Scotland.

Timber Research and Development Association

http://www.trada.co.uk

Website of the TRADA (nee’ Timber Research and Development Association) – includes useful information on timber framed buildings and timber fire doors.

Associated for Specialist Fire Protection

http://www.asfp.org.uk

Website of the Association for Specialist Fire Protection – includes useful member company list for fire stopping firms etc. also technical publications.

FIRAS

http://www.warringtonfire.net/default.asp?DepartmentID=6&SectionID=62

Web page for the FIRAS certification scheme for companies installing certain fire protection products and systems. Includes a register companies who are certificated installers of fire protection in accordance with the requirements of the FIRAS Schemes e.g for fire rated doors, glazing, ducting, partitions, ceiling systems, and certain other passive fire protection products.

Passive Fire Protection Federation

http://pfpf.org/

Website of the Passive Fire Protection Federation – includes useful advice leaflets and best practice guides.

CIRIA

http://www.ciria.org/

Website for CIRIA (formerly The Construction Industry Research and Information Association) – includes a suite of downloadable flood advice leaflets.

Environment Agency (For England & Wales)

www.environment-agency.gov.uk

The Agency’s website includes a section on flood including maps showing flood plains, and guidance on how to prepare for flooding as well as other fact sheets and advice guides.

Met Office

http://www.metoffice.gov.uk

The Met Office weather website includes advice on what to do during periods of severe weather.

National Flood Forum

http://www.floodforum.org.uk/

Numerous downloadable leaflets as well as articles and details of flood related publications.

Scottish Environment Protection Agency

http://www.sepa.org.uk/

The Agency’s website includes a section on flood including maps showing floodplains, and guidance on “Protecting your property from flooding” and “flood alleviation products”.

Total Flood Solutions

Flood protection solutions.

Business Link

http://www.businesslink.gov.uk

The business advice website, for England and Wales, “draws on the expertise of key government bodies” as well as other respected organisations. The website includes useful business continuity, IT security, flood and health and safety information.

Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

http://www.defra.gov.uk/

This website includes information on environmental protection.

Directgov

http://www.direct.gov.uk

The portal to public service information from the UK government.

Department for Business Innovation & Skills

https://www.gov.uk/government/organisations/department-for-business-innovation-skills

The Department for Business, Innovation & Skills (BIS) is the department for economic growth. The department invests in skills and education to promote trade, boost innovation and help people to start and grow a business. BIS also protects consumers and reduces the impact of regulation.

Environment Agency (for England and Wales)

http://www.environment-agency.gov.uk

The Agency’s website includes pollution guidance leaflets, as well as a section on flood, including maps showing floodplains, guidance on how to prepare for flooding plus a number of fact sheets and advice guides.

Office of Public Sector Information

http://www.opsi.gov.uk/

This website is useful for obtaining copies of recent legislation and regulations.

Official Documents Archive

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications?official_document_status=command_and_act_papers

This website is useful for locating Command Papers and other Governmental publications

Official Documents (Recent)

http://www.official-documents.gov.uk

This website is “the official reference facility for Command and departmentally sponsored House of Commons Papers” published from May 2005 onwards.

Statute Law Database

http://www.statutelaw.gov.uk/

The UK Statute Law Database (SLD) is “the official revised edition of the primary legislation of the United Kingdom made available online” – includes a search facility.

British Compressed Gases Association

http://www.bcga.co.uk/

This website includes some free leaflets as well as priced publications.

Chemdex

A university based portal for information on chemistry and chemicals.

COSHH Essentials

http://www.coshh-essentials.org.uk/

The Health and Safety Executive say that this website “provides advice on controlling the use of chemicals for a range of common tasks, by taking you through a number of steps and asking for information about your tasks and chemicals”

GESTIS-database on hazardous substances

http://gestis.itrust.de/nxt/gateway.dll/gestis_en/000000.xml?f=templates&fn=default.htm&vid=gestiseng:sdbeng

An English language version of a German Hazardous substances database. The database is maintained by BGIA, a German institute for research and testing.

GESTIS-DUST-EX

http://staubex.ifa.dguv.de/?lang=e

An English language version of a German database containing information on dusts which may present an explosion risk. Very useful as it contains information on materials in their different forms. The database is produced and maintained by BGIA, a German Institute for research and testing.

Health and Safety Executive

http://www.hse.gov.uk

The Health and Safety Executive’s website includes sections on “Fire and Explosion”, “Explosives”, the Dangerous Substances and Explosives Atmospheres Regulations (DSEAR) and the relevant EC Directive on them (ATEX).

Along with all of the other useful information on the HSE’s website there are their HELA circulars i.e. the circulars HSE issues to local authorities for enforcement purposes. A useful part of the HSE’s website because many of the circulars includes much more detailed information than is often contained in their free “public” leaflets.

UKLPG

http://www.uklpg.org/

UKLPG is the trade association for the LPG industry and publishes various codes of practice. There is some general advice on the site but most of the publications have to be purchased.

WebElements – periodic table

http://www.webelements.com/

Chemical information selected from the Periodic Table.

British Safety Industry Federation

http://www.bsif.co.uk/

The BSIF is a trade body which represents operators within the UK Safety Industry. Their website includes advice sheets, particularly on Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) selection.

Business Link

http://www.businesslink.gov.uk

This business advice website, for England and Wales, “draws on the expertise of key government bodies” as well as other respected organisations.

COSHH Essentials

http://www.coshh-essentials.org.uk/

The Health and Safety Executive say that this website “provides advice on controlling the use of chemicals for a range of common tasks, by taking you through a number of steps and asking for information about your tasks and chemicals”.

Constructing Better Health (CBH)

http://www.cbhscheme.com/

A not-for-profit organisation “committed to improving the health of the construction industry workforce.” Includes information for construction workers, on various health topics including noise, respiration, skin, musculoskeletal problems, hand-arm vibrations and stress.

Construction Skills

http://www.cskills.org/

Includes a suite of useful downloadable guidance leaflets on the Construction Design and Management Regulations.

European Agency for Safety and Health at Work

http://uk.osha.europa.eu/

UK portal for the European Agency for Safety and Health at Work website – includes an information search facility.

Forecourt Equipment Federation

http://www.fef.org.uk/

Of interest to petrol retailers, this website includes a downloadable “Code of Practice – Design, Installation, Commissioning, Operation and Maintenance of Stage II Vapour Recovery Systems”.

Fork Lift Truck Association

http://www.fork-truck.org.uk/

Includes numerous useful downloadable fact sheets on various aspects, relating to fork lift truck operating, maintenance, safety etc. also details (including website link) for the BITA and FLTA “Thorough Examination Scheme”.

Health and Safety Executive

http://www.hse.gov.uk/

Includes advice pages on numerous occupational health and safety topics plus downloadable free advice leaflets. Along with all of the other useful information on the HSE’s website there are their HELA circulars i.e. the circulars HSE issues to local authorities for enforcement purposes – useful because many of the circulars include much more detailed information than is often contained in their free “public” leaflets. Useful for the same reason is the “Internal Instructions and Guidance” part of the website which contains guidance for HSE inspectors and its specialist Directorates. HSE say that not all the material presented in this latter section of the website is completely up to date.

Health Protection Agency

http://www.hpa.org.uk/

This website includes useful information on various hazards to health such as infectious diseases, chemicals and poisons, various types of radiation etc, also a 124 page downloadable leaflet entitled “Management of Spa Pools – Controlling the Risks of Infection”.

International Powered Access Federation (IPAF)

http://www.ipaf.org/

A not-for-profit members’ organisation that represents the interests of manufacturers, distributors, users, rental and training companies and acts as a forum for all active in the world of powered access. Includes various downloadable advice leaflets.

INTUTE

http://www.intute.ac.uk/

An information and research web portal from a consortium of seven universities – includes a search facility for environmental topics via its science, engineering and technology section.

London Hazards Centre

http://www.lhc.org.uk

A site for unions and workers interested in health and safety issues – includes numerous advice leaflets including a useful guidebook on asbestos.

Off-highway Plant and Equipment Research Centre (OPERC)

http://www.operc.com/

This website includes various plant related resources including some safety alerts.

Occupational Road Safety Alliance

This website includes driving and road safety related advice

PIPA – Inflatable Play Inspection Scheme

http://www.pipa.org.uk/

Website for the PIPA bouncy castle and inflatable play equipment inspection and tagging scheme. Includes information on how to check the age of a tag fitted to an inflatable, also a list of scheme inspectors.

Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents

http://www.rospa.com

ROSPA’s website includes various fact sheets and publications some of which are free or can be viewed online. It includes a “small firms” advice pack.

Safe and Health Working – Scotland

A free occupational health and safety service for small and medium sized enterprises in Scotland. Includes various advice pages and a selection of downloadable forms.

Safestartup.org

http://www.safestartup.org/

A health and safety advice site for new and small businesses.

Startin Business

http://www.startinbusiness.co.uk/index.htm

A general interest site for anyone starting or expanding a business.

Solvents Industry Association

http://www.sia-uk.org.uk/

This website includes a “Safe handling” advice video clip and various downloadable guidance notes.

Sound Advice

http://www.soundadvice.info

This website provides advice on “the control of noise at work in music and entertainment.” Includes guidance for various types of venue and performers.

Storage Equipment Safety Service Ltd

http://www.sess.co.uk/

Racking and shelving safety inspection service, also awareness and maintenance training.

SummitSkills

SummitSkills is the Sector Skills Council for the building services engineering sector.

Water Regulations Advisory Scheme

http://www.wras.co.uk/

The Water Regulations Advisory Scheme – includes general advice plus a related chemical database.

British Flue and Chimney Manufacturers Association

http://www.feta.co.uk/index.htm

The BFCMA web page is accessed via the Federation of Environmental Trade Associations (FETA) portal-includes a list of member companies, some useful downloadable guides and also a leaflet on “Chimneys in thatched properties”.

Gas Safe Register

http://www.gassaferegister.co.uk

From 1st April 2009, the new mandatory registration scheme for gas engineers.

Guild of Master Sweeps

http://www.guild-of-master-sweeps.co.uk

Includes general advice on chimney cleaning, chimneys and thatched roofs, plus a sweep search facility.

National Association of Chimney Engineers

http://www.nace.org.uk/

Includes details of members and useful information on chimney linings.

National Association of Chimney Sweeps

Includes a NAC’s approved sweep search facility.

OFTEC (Oil Firing Technical Association)

http://www.oftec.co.uk/

Website of the Oil Firing Technical Association – includes numerous useful leaflets relating to oil fire appliances, and oil storage; also registered technicians search facility.

Smoke Control Areas

http://www.uksmokecontrolareas.co.uk/

This website provides an overview of smoke control related legislation, a search facility for smoke control areas, plus a list of authorised fuels and exempt appliances.

UKLPG

http://www.uklpg.org/

UKLPG is the trade association for the LPG industry and publishes various codes of practice. There is some general advice on the site but most of the publications have to be purchased.

Chartered Institute of Environmental Health

http://www.cieh.org

The CIEH is an independent professional body representing those who work in environmental health. The site includes a variety of information and some related toolkits.

Directory of Food Safety Training Providers

http://www.foodsafetytrainers.co.uk/

Directory of food hygiene and food safety trainers.

Food Standards Agency

http://www.food.gov.uk/

This website includes news and useful publications on food and food hygiene matters.

Rentokil Hygiene Ltd

http://rentokil-hygiene.co.uk

Specialist cleaning service for commercial kitchens. Services offered include an enzyme product designed to reduce the risk of grease and fat deposits blocking drains.

Safe and Local Supplier Appproval Scheme (SALSA)

http://www.salsafood.co.uk/

This website provides details of the DEFRA and FSA supported SALSA approval scheme for food suppliers and includes a regional list of approved suppliers.

Storage Equipment Safety Service Ltd

http://www.sess.co.uk

Racking and shelving safety inspection service, also awareness and maintenance training.

LetLink

http://www.letlink.co.uk

This website is aimed at the UK’s private residential letting sector. The site includes information and fact sheets for landlords and letting agents.

LandlordZONE

http://www.landlordzone.co.uk

This website is dedicated to all things of interest to landlords – includes advice on some relevant legislation.

National Houses in Multiple Occupation Network

http://www.nationalhmonetwork.com/

In addition to news relevant to HMOs (Houses in Multiple Occupation) in England and Wales, the site provides links to other useful websites.

Natural England

http://www.openaccess.gov.uk

This “Natural England” website includes a link to their “Open Access Website for Land Managers” – includes some advice

Outdoor Access Scotland

http://www.outdooraccess-scotland.com/

The website for the Scottish Outdoor Access Code – includes advice for Land Managers (including recreational land).