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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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PAS 1192-6 is imminent

Guest Article from Dave Carr, Managing Director of Callsafe Services Limited and BIMsafe Limited
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Temporary Works Management

There are particular risks associated to temporary works within the construction industry, in fact this is where a lot of accidents/near misses happen.  The HSE define Temporary Works as:- "a widely used expression in the construction industry for an "engineered solution" used to support or protect an existing structure or the permanent works during construction, or to support an item of plant or equipment, or the vertical sides or side-slopes of an excavation, or to provide access. The construction...
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Centre of Digital Built Britain

With BIM (Building Information Modelling) being the buzzword at the moment we were interested to see that a partnership has grown between the Department of Business and Industrial Strategy and the University of Cambridge. Their aim is "to transform the UK construction industry's approach to the way we plan, build, maintain and use our social and economic infrastructure". They have a number of courses within the built environment that include recommendations form this new government directive. BIM...
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