We read an interesting article in SHP (Safety & Health Practitioner) regarding the governments' announcement of an immediate consultation on the abolition, consolidation and further review of large numbers of health and safety regulations and aims to remove the first rules from the statute books within a few months. The announcement follows the publication of Professor Ragnar Löfstedt's review of health and safety legislation and the Government's response.
Professor Löfstedt (pictured) found that the problem lies less with the regulations themselves and more with the way they are interpreted and applied. Nevertheless, noting that the sheer mass of laws is a key concern for businesses, the report recommends that the HSE undertakes and completes a programme to consolidate sector-specific regulations by April 2015.
This is very interesting stuff as, for many years we at Ai Solutions have believed that 'human understanding' has a huge impact on interpretation on legislation. It is always very difficult to get agreement on 'the process'. We have worked within the industry for over seventeen years now and we still see lack of understanding. Many ask for clarification from us and many decide to go their own way. We see the impending government review to be a positive initiative and hope that the abolition, consolidation and review will be welcomed by all parties.
Read more on this article at SHP Online
We read in the Construction Enquirer recently that procurement chiefs at National Grid have started the search for groups of engineering and construction firms to build a series of high voltage transmission stations around the country. This is indeed good news; not only are they investing over £650 million over five years they are supporting 'collaborative working arrangements' between contractors, engineers and architects. Thsi is something Ai Solutions has been advocating for many years.
In addition to this we need to see more of this type of investment going on, it would be good to see things moving again with in the construction sector and to see more organisations working together!
For more on this story go to The Construction Enquirer
Some sad news we read recently about regarding the dumping of asbestos in the streets where pedestrians, children etc require access.
We have to question if we are seeing this as a consequence of 'cuts backs' and if we will be seeing more of it in the future? It is not a situation we want to see becoming commonplace in our streets so what can we do about it? We have only one recourse - report the persons responsible!
To view this article see Asbestos Dumped in Leicester street
We are pleased to announce that one of our partners, Waste Plan Solutions Limited, has won the prestigious 'Small Business of the Year Award' from the East Midlands Centre for constructing the Built Environment (emcbe). Waste Plan Solutions Ltd works in environmental consultancy within the construction industry and specialises in writing Site Waste Management Plans.
The judges were looking for a company who could demonstrate a strong commitment to health and safety as well as improving management and innovation.
"We were bowled over by the enthusiasm, which shone through in Waste Plan Solutions application. This niche company helps larger organisations in specialist areas with a high level of knowledge and expertise. This company saw its future and linked its specialism to client savings so is very forward thinking" - Alan Coole, Lead Judge. Read more about the award.
The team at Ai Solutions would also like to extend our congratulations to Lara Ayris (Managing Director) and her team for a job well done. If you would like to find out more regarding site waste management or Waste Plan Solutions then visit their web site www.wasteplansolutions.co.uk
The November 2011 edition of the Ai Solutions Newsletter is now available: November Newsletter.