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16 March 2018
For those of you who would like further help with the hazards of lead within the construction industry the HSE have published an Approved Code of Practice, L132. This document has accompanying guidance which is aligned to the regulations. As we all know Lead has been a major hazard for some time now however it is one danger that is far too often ignored on our construction sites. With many refurbishments being carried out on older premises the risk to workers is quite high. If you have concerns...
[Read on about Control of Lead at Work, Help from the HSE]
13 March 2018
The HSE have published a report in conjunction with researchers for the Health and Safety Laboratory and with input from the BIM 4 Health and Safety Workgroup which details how digital engineering could make a difference to Health and Safety. We note that the report includes several case studies. These case studies show how digital modelling has saved either time and/or cost, provided better end product visualisation, facilitated better collaboration and, most importantly, cut down on hazards and...
[Read on about HSE Making The Case For BIM]
12 March 2018
During our visit to Ecobuild we sat in on the conference regarding sustainable development. This is where we gained greater understanding about Sustainable Development Goals (SDG's). These SDG's are 17 goals to transform the world which came about when, in 2015, leaders from 193 countries of the world came together to face the future. Some of these goals seem very ambitious, however it is hoped that, if we work together with these common goals in sight, we can improve the world we live in now,...
[Read on about Sustainable Development Goals (SDG's)]
8 March 2018
Being competent Health and Safety professionals we regularly review our own health and safety provisions within the business. Part of this is regular retraining in First Aid for our staff with The First Aid Guy; this is to ensure they have adequate training, knowledge and expertise should there be an emergency at our site. Many of you will already know that, dependant on the size of your organisation, there must be at least one appointed First Aider in your business. This is, in fact, a requirement...
[Read on about First Aid & Defibrillator Use]
7 March 2018
Earlier this week we visited the Ecoubuild 2018 Conference at ExCel London. Interestingly the whole conference was based around sustainability and going forward with plans for 2050. Although this may seem a little in the future, what we do today in regard to building, infrastructure and energy solutions will have a serious impact our planet. The event was busy and set up in various sections so that designers, engineers and architects could target their visit to their own needs:- Timber, an area...
[Read on about Ecobuild 2018 Visit]
6 March 2018
Despite the snowy weather last week we visited RIBA to attend an event they were running in regard to using BIM in 2018. As we all know the government has stated their requirements for BIM level2 on public sector projects but the expectation is that we will all start using BIM to design and deliver projects that will, eventually, save the market billions of pounds by providing better, safer designs. A tall order? We think not. The discussions on the day highlighted that BIM modelling was a great...
[Read on about Working in a BIM Environment in 2018]
28 February 2018
Guest Article by Bryan Osborn, Director of Training at Acorn Services in conjunction with Martin Abraham, Operations Director at Simulcra Ltd.
[Read on about Lead Paint Awareness for Program of Works]
27 February 2018
We are pleased to say that Milton Keynes Chamber decided to do an article on the Managing Director of Ai Solutions, Simon Hanks! The article, published in their February/March issue, was written for their member zone and can be found below. If you would like to view the magazine on line and the article visit MK Chamber News What is your background? Software development, banking, health and safety What does your company do? Ai Solutions creates software to assist users in managing their...
[Read on about Milton Keynes Chamber, Member Profile - Simon Hanks]
22 February 2018
Most Lead Based Paint was banned from sale in the United Kingdom to the general public in 1992, apart from for specialist uses. Prior to this lead compounds had been used as the pigment and drying agent in different types of paint, for example brick and some tile paints. Source – Wikipedia. Health effects of lead poisoning on children. Lead can have serious consequences for the health of children. At high levels of exposure, lead attacks the brain and central...
[Read on about Old Lead Paint - HSE Guidance]
22 February 2018
The International Organisation for Standardisation (ISO) states that 'over 7600 people die each day from work related accidents or diseases which equates to 2.78 million each year. This burden of occupational injuries is significant to both employers and the wider economy, resulting in losses from early retirements, staff absence and rising insurance premiums'. To combat the problem ISO is developing a new standard, ISO 45001, Occupational health and safety management systems Requirements. They...
[Read on about ISO 45001 - Occupational Health & Safety]