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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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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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