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Asbestos Court Case Delivers Heavy Fine

Once again, contractors have ended up with a heavy fine after being prosecuted under the CAR12 (Asbestos) Regulations. In the court case two contractors were found guilty of not suitably managing the removal of some ceiling tiles at a school in Derby, they were fined over £100,000 plus ordered to pay a further £9,559 in costs. Asbestos is still being found in many of our refurbishment projects in older buildings as it was a cheap solution in the past. Yet still contractors are failing...
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Happy New Year 2019 - Lets Make It A Safe One

So, we start another year and yet our challenges are the same within Health and Safety. Asbestos is still being found in many of our refurbishment projects and the CDM regulations are still there to help and guide us to protect our workers.
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Recommendation for Tighter Asbestos Controls

There is a new white paper available from Lucion Services written by Charles Pickles MSc, BSc, CPP (Asbestos).  As we all know there is the 'duty to manage asbestos', this is the law. But how far have we come and, more importantly, how big is the current danger? Asbestos was used in construction as it was, before we knew any better, the new wonder material that allowed us to build fire-proofing into our buildings and in other construction assets.  It was particularly common during the...
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Design Out Risk With Virtual Reality

As you know Ai Solutions love technology and we recently read a super article in SHP worth a deep look. We have all used technology in one way or another in our business environments, well now you can take this further by using Virtual Reality (often referred to as 'VR') in your design. The use of virtual reality headsets is becoming more widespread, you can now use them to walk around your detailed 3D models. This will aid in getting feedback from potential customers, plus it allows you to reconsider...
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Launch of a new Health & Safety Game-Based Tool

We note that there is a new 'game based' Health and Safety Tool that has been launched by EEF (The Manufacturers Organisation). This innovative tool will help support training programmes within organisations as well as making them 'entertaining and interactive' for participants. We believe that blended learning is the best way to ensure that your staff/employees get the most of their training. Making the training more interesting facilitates a better learning environment for learners and increases...
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ISO 45001 Legislation Update

For those of you that are interested the SHP has issued a downloadable booklet on ISO 45001 which is the latest help and guidance. ISO 45001 is an ISO standard for management systems of occupational health and safety, published in March 2018. The goal of ISO 45001 is the reduction of occupational injuries and diseases The SHP guidance provides practical guidance for employers and health and safety professionals. David Parr, who is the British Safety Councils head of audit sates that "we should not...
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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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