Acoustically operated door release mechanisms (AODRM) for holding open fire doors.

Acoustically operated door release mechanisms (AODRM) for holding open fire doors.

National Protection Learning Information Note
In response to a number of recent enquires, this information note is designed to raise
awareness of the suitability of acoustically operated door release mechanisms (AODRM) when used to hold open (and subsequently release) fire doors in premises.

More information

Acoustically Operated Door Release Mechanisms – NPL information note

Emollient and Skin creams reminder ref Bupa fine

Emollient and Skin creams
Reminder from previous incidents

Safe use of emollient skin creams to treat dry skin conditions –
Skin creams, sometimes known as emollients are used by many
people every day to help treat dry skin conditions.
The creams are easily transferred from skin onto clothing, bedding and bandages. Tests and research have shown that the dried-on cream makes the fabric more flammable and the resulting fire burns quickly and intensely, resulting in serious injury or death. It’s important for anyone using these creams to avoid any naked flame.
We have raised this issue in previous eNews editions and have been asked to repeat.

GOV.UK Safe use of emollients video
. Safe use of emollients.  Video 
A version with Welsh subtitles is available on YouTube. Video


Recall of Co-codamol 30/500 Effervescent Tablets,

National Patient Safety Alert: Class 1 Medicines Recall Notification:
Recall of Co-codamol 30/500 Effervescent Tablets, Batch 1K10121, Zentiva Pharma UK Ltd, due to precautionary risk of causing overdose, NatPSA/2021/004/MHRA .

Zentiva Pharma UK Limited is recalling the above batch of Co-codamol 30/500 Effervescent Tablets as a precautionary measure due to an issue with the homogeneity of the batch. This issue means that there is the potential for some tablets to have too little active ingredients (codeine phosphate and paracetamol) in them and some tablets to contain too much active ingredients.



HSE reminder on Water Systems Safety

Health & Safety Executive reminder on water systems safety during the COVID-19 lockdown.

The HSE has reminded building occupiers, businesses & other duty holders restarting operations after the COVID-19 shutdown to review their water systems maintenance arrangements to avoid creating a public health hazard from waterborne bacteria such as legionella. Employers, the self-employed & people in control of premises, such as landlords, have a duty to identify & control risks associated with legionella. If your building was closed or has reduced occupancy during the COVID-19 outbreak, water system stagnation can occur due to lack of use, increasing the risks of Legionnaires’ disease.      Read

A further in depth posting has been received from one of our Members.

Recommissioning your water system before opening your building.

Our thanks to Imran  from . who have  released a blog on ‘recommissioning your water system’ before reopening your building. This is in an effort to safeguard staff & service users against Legionella & other harmful bacteria which may be lurking in water of buildings that have been shut down due to the coronavirus pandemic.
As per the guidance issued by the Legionella Control Association (LCA) 13th May, 2020, it is essential that when buildings reopen following the lifting of COVID-19 restrictions, that any water system is not simply put straight back into use. During the period of shutdown, if flushing cannot…. Read




Whirlpool identifies more fire risk Hotpoint machines.

Whirlpool identifies more fire risk Hotpoint machines.

in January 2020 Whirlpool began a recall campaign to identify more than 500,000 Hotpoint and Indesit branded washing machines in homes which may pose a potential fire risk.

Whirlpool have identified a further 21 Hotpoint branded washing machines which may also pose a risk.
This equates to approximately 55,000 additional machines and takes the total number of affected models to 45.

The National Fire Chiefs Council is urging people to recheck their Hotpoint branded machines.
People may have checked in the past and been told their machine is not affected but this may not now be the case.

You do not need to contact the retailer you bought the machine from you can deal directly with Whirlpool.
How to check your machine


Carbon Monoxide Awareness Reminder

Carbon Monoxide (CO) Awareness and the Health and Safety Executive for Northern Ireland (HSENI) would like to remind everyone of the dangers of Carbon Monoxide poisoning.

The ‘silent killer’ as carbon monoxide (CO) is often known is odourless, colourless, tasteless and in high concentrations can be fatal in a matter of minutes.