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Environmental Protection Agency and Asbestos in the USA

It has made the news recently that the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) in United States of America are proposing a new framework to manage new uses for toxic chemicals in manufacturing. Whilst the EPA clarified it's position with a press release stating "the press reports on this issue are inaccurate. Without the proposed Significant New Use Rule (SNUR) EPA would not have a regulatory basis to restrict manufacturing and processing for the new asbestos uses covered by the rule. The EPA action...
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Gross Negligence Manslaughter - Sentencing Up To 18 Years

We are sure you are all aware of the Corporate Manslaughter changes back in 2016. Now there is definitive guidance covering new sentences. One of the most serious offences is gross negligence manslaughter.  So what is meant by this term? Gross negligence manslaughter is a form of involuntary manslaughter where the defendant is ostensibly acting lawfully. Involuntary manslaughter may arise where the defendant has caused death but neither intended to cause death nor intended...
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Asbestos Guidance from HSE

We had a recent enquiry regarding Asbestos and thought it may be useful to others to remind you of the things you need to be aware of when working with Asbestos.
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New Safety & Health

We read an interesting article from SHP recently about a new view on Safety and Health. They are trying a new campaign in conjunction with Safety and Health Expo to try and change perceptions and to inspire the next generation. As they put it, "Health and safety professionals are still often viewed negatively within organisations, as discovered in a recent poll on SHP which found that 90% of industry professionals believe that health and safety has an image problem". New Safety and Health is: Holistic &nd...
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Collaboration within Construction

It may seem obvious to many but collaboration within the construction industry is still not as common place as you would like to think. The benefits are obvious as has been demonstrated by some of the larger well known projects like the Olympics. Sharing of information is just a start, all parties singing from the same hymn sheet means that all are working towards the same goal with the same information. This is a sure fire way of saving money and time! Aside from that, collaborating has other benefits,...
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Knowledge-base - A Useful Tool for Compliance

At Ai Solutions we have spent many years in building our CDM knowledge-base and Asbestos knowledge-base. Originally they were only delivered as part of our CDM and Asbestos software packages. Many of you know that these packages are specifically aimed at those who need to comply with the CDM and Asbestos management regulations. However, the feedback we have received from customers is that they have found the knowledge-base very useful as an information/compliance tool which is great news. Over time...
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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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