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Government Upload - Post Grenfell

We read an interesting report produced by Dame Judith Hackitt. It is a personal view on her part post the Grenfell report. The most interesting bits for us were her references to 'lack of clarity on roles and responsibilities' where she states 'there is ambiguity over where responsibility lies, exacerbated by a level of fragmentation within the industry, and precluding robust ownership of accountability'. We would wholeheartedly agree with her on this, in particular the accountability. Despite there...
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Building a Safer Future

As our readers know we have, for many years, been stating that ensuring compliance means safer construction sites. The regulations are there to protect all parties and following them means you can ensure that you have done everything in your power to comply with the law. ToolKit CS is the leader in CDM compliance software and it has a proven track record, just ask the many users. Many organisations believe that they can demonstrate compliance, but can they? What if you have multiple sites and/or...
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GDPR Compliance: Your Personal Data Safety

As many of you will have seen there are new requirements in regard to the holding of personal data. The EU General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) comes into force on May 25th 2018. Ai Solutions would like you all to take time to review our Privacy Notice to explain how we collect, store and handle any personal data we obtain. You have many rights regarding your personal data. These include seeing what data we hold and updating your information. There's nothing you need to do right now, but if...
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Tideway Tunnel Sets High Standards for Health & Safety

One of the largest infrastructure projects currently underway is the Tideway Tunnel. We were lucky enough to hear the Asset Management Director, Roger Bailey, of Thames Tideway Tunnel speak at the recent Infrastructure Show. For us on the day the interesting part of his delivery was the push on Health and Safety and their Partnership Alliance. He spoke of the fact that Health and Safety is 'central' for this project, and they are using lessons learned from the Olympics as well as other large projects.
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Asbestos Compliance Made Easy

As many of our readers know we are software developers of health and safety products. One of our leading packages allows our customers to manage their Asbestos Compliance issues easily and simply. The Asbestos ToolKit CS software facilitates a completely audited system that provides you with peace of mind when managing your asbestos portfolio. When you have a large property base it can be difficult to keep track of surveys, ACMs (Asbestos Containing Materials) and monitoring tasks. However with...
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Infrastructure Visit 2018

We had the pleasure of visiting the UK Infrastructure Show last week and were pleased to see that there we quite a few major construction works being planned around the UK. This goes along with what we are hearing in the news regarding construction being 'on the up'. There were not as many distributors and stands as normal at this event; however what was there was relevant to the industry and interesting. Additionally the break out areas and keynote talks were thought-provoking and of high quality...
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Are the Tides Changing?

It's been interesting to see more positive things on the news lately. More construction works are happening and the Bank of England are saying we will be seeing more increases in salaries – some good news for everyone we hope. The Guardian reported this week that UK inflation has now dropped 2.5% which has taken the pressure off the Bank of England to raise interest rates in May. This will been good for businesses and could mean more available funds and initiatives to put towards the UK's...
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Gender Pay Gap Within Construction

We may well have blown the trumpet on this one many times before but it is still a major issue within the construction industry. In fact the Construction News has reported that the construction industry are the worst offenders. The gender pay gap reflects the differences in the median hourly wage for a man and a woman in an organisation.  We also note that by April 4th all UK companies with 250 employees or more were required to declare their gender pay gap to the Government Equalities Office...
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Control of Lead at Work, Help from the HSE

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...
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HSE Making The Case For BIM

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...
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