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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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Sustainable Development Goals (SDG's)

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,...
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First Aid & Defibrillator Use

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...
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Ecobuild 2018 Visit

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...
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Working in a BIM Environment in 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...
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Lead Paint Awareness for Program of Works

Guest Article by Bryan Osborn, Director of Training at Acorn Services in conjunction with Martin Abraham, Operations Director at Simulcra Ltd.
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Milton Keynes Chamber, Member Profile - Simon Hanks

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...
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Old Lead Paint - HSE Guidance

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...
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ISO 45001 - Occupational Health & Safety

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...
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