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The Institution of Lighting Professionals ( is the UK and Ireland’s largest professional lighting association, dedicated solely to excellence in lighting. They say that moving streetlights ‘could help to protect public from vehicle terror attacks’.


In the wake of the horrific terror attack in Barcelona, and the increasing frequency of similar car- or van-based attacks across Europe, the Institution of Lighting Professionals (ILP) has argued that rethinking the location of street lighting could be one way to help protect the public in future.


ILP president Alan Jaques has suggested that simply re-siting lampposts or lighting columns towards the front of any footway, rather than at the back as is nowadays more commonplace, could help to deter or even prevent such attacks.


Vehicle-based terror attacks are notoriously difficult for security forces to prevent. Yet, at the same time, no one wants to turn city centres into concrete fortresses. In specific locations re-siting existing street furniture such as lighting columns could therefore be one innovative solution.


Such lighting columns could be specified to a higher strength to provide higher resistance than normal units, meaning the use of street lighting in this way could become a valuable added protection for the public.


‘Siting columns towards the front of the footway will help to prevent vehicles from driving for long distances along the footway with the sole purpose of causing harm,’ Alan explains.


‘Lighting columns may not, of course, completely stop the largest HGVs, but they would certainly slow them down, providing people with additional life-saving seconds to make their escape.


‘People are used to seeing lighting columns, so wouldn’t be concerned by seeing them being relocated or sited along footways in greater numbers, and they wouldn’t realise they were there to make them safer at all times of the day and not just at night,’ he adds.


Alan’s suggested solution is set to appear in the September edition of Lighting Journal, the ILP’s monthly members’ CPD journal. The full article will be available to view online, at, from September.


New Standards for Fogging Systems

The Association of Insurance Assessors (AiS) is a group of individual risk control and reduction experts working in the insurance market throughout the UK.

Through its collective expertise and influence, it aims to pursue continuous improvement in all aspects of protection of persons and property against insurable risks. The main way this is achieved is through the collection, collation and dissemination of information on products and services, and the developments affecting best practice in the field of risk surveying and consultancy.

Supported entirely by members’ subscriptions, AiS is independent of the Insurance and Security industries. This allows it to focus completely – without fear of outside influence – on the improvement of its members’ skills and their job satisfaction.

Fogging systems are now in wide-spread use as a security precaution. Their purpose is to obscure, and therefore prevent access, to valuable items. As such they are frequently used in the retail sector, among others, to prevent access to high value items such as alcohol, tobacco, jewellery etc. They are also used by the banking sector to protect safes and strong rooms, and have a high deterrent value when used correctly.

However, following a number of system failures it was decided that a code of practice was required to improve performance.  These failures included insufficient performance, i.e. the fog was too slow, did not fill the room, or wasn’t dense enough, Failure to activate at all – sometimes due to not being serviced correctly – and sometimes not configured correctly with the alarm system.

A working party, including the principal suppliers, was convened by AiS Chairman, Lee Wallace, and a Code of Practice agreed, with the expectation that both British and European standards will be amended in the fullness of time.

More information about the Association of Insurance Assessors can be found here

The AiS Guidelines on Security Fogging can be downloaded here


The product standards for portable ladders are changing

BS EN 131 – the single British and European product standard covering all types of portable ladders has been substantially revised. The changes that come with this revision will help improve the safety of ladders and make buying the right ladder simpler.

These changes will affect everyone involved with ladders, from users and specifiers to suppliers and health & safety professionals. The Ladder Association has produced a comprehensive guide explaining what the changes to ladder standards mean and how they will affect you.

It includes: a look at the features of ladders manufactured to the new standard; guidance on the use of ladders to withdrawn standards; and advice for businesses and users on buying ladders.

The guide is available to download.


On 11 August the Mayor of London published the draft London Environment Strategy which aims to make London a zero carbon city by 2050. The Mayor is taking a range of actions to improve the environment now, setting London on the path to create a better future.

The strategy brings together in one document every aspect of London’s environment: Air quality, green infrastructure, climate change mitigation and energy, waste, adapting to climate change, ambient noise, and transition to a low carbon circular economy.

The ADE produced a briefing for Association members, which provides an overview of the key points of interest of the consultation, which closes on 17th November 2017. The ADE will be submitting a response and will circulate a draft for members to provide comment in due course.

For more information about the Mayor’s draft plan, please see the following Policy & Regulation News post


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TechSmart NFP 2017 – Definitely Not Your Ordinary Conference

28th November, County Hall

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Headline Speakers

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