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Support needed for CO charity

Regular readers of H&V News will know that carbon monoxide poisoning receives frequent coverage.

It is therefore particularly distressing to hear the plight of Carbon Monoxide Awareness, revealed last week on, run by Lyn Griffiths and entirely voluntary, which is facing closure due to lack of funds.

I sincerely hope that more support is forthcoming before the end of the year so that the charity can continue its good work.

As with other important issues within our industry, such as exposure to asbestos and legionella, it is a message that needs to be constantly delivered to help remove as many risks as possible. Anyone wishing to provide support can do so at

Continuing the awareness-raising theme, H&V News hosted its Green Deal roundtable debate last week, offering insight into the industry’s attitudes towards the government’s flagship scheme.

While some delegates were fully engaged and aiming to maximise their involvement, others were struggling to see how it could benefit their organisations.

One of the many messages to emerge is that the Green Deal cannot be all encompassing and will need to be considered on a case-by-case basis.

It is also expected to be a slow developer, rather than a big bang next January, which will provide the opportunity for the industry to react and adapt.

There are, however, many questions to be answered. The special report on the discussion will appear in our 14 December issue.

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