Archive July 2012

40@40 Health & Safety Stories From The Frontline

To mark the 40th anniversary of the launch of the 'Robens Report' which took a look 'behind the Health & Safety at Work Act' (HSWA), Prospect (a union representing professional engineers) has compiled 40 stories from the Health and Safety Executive's front line. 40 at 40 is a collection of contemporary personal insights into some extraordinary and diverse encounters, from people who rarely make their voices public. The interesting thing is that apart from a small minority, most believe...
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What if you didn't notify the HSE about a notifiable project?

There is an interesting discussion on the HSE Construction Forum. With the lack of HSE 'to cover' all the works happening at the moment a query was raised that if you were undertaking a fairly low risk project and the works went over the threshold to make it a notifiable project but a CDM-C was not appointed what would the HSE do – even if the works completed without accident or injury? If there was a major accident then the situation is obvious and the Client would be prosecuted accordingly.
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Safety failings led to asbestos exposure at Dorset school

A school in Dorset has recently been prosecuted by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) for the unsafe removal of asbestos insulation boards which lead to several people being exposed to asbestos fibres. Sherborne School and Peter Eldridge, the director of a company responsible for the refurbishment project, have been fined after an investigation found they had failed to identify and prevent the risk of asbestos exposure at the school. For more on this story visit HSE Media Centre
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CDM Lessons Learned from the Olympics

The HSE has published the results for their investigations (Project RR941) into the extent to which CDM helped or hindered the construction of London 2012 by reviewing how CDM duties were put into practice. Key messages and findings from the report include: Millions of hours of work can be undertaken and a project delivered in a tight timescale without compromising health and safety Early and on-going planning, coordination and Contractor involvement were crucial Health and safety benefits...
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Apprentice Applications On The Up

Interestingly the Construction Enquirer reports that Seddon Group has received more than 1,400 applications after launching an apprentice recruitment drive across the UK. This proactive approach to get new blood into the industry needs to be applauded. However, there are concerns that funding is over complex and a review is required. The main aim of the recruitment drive is to reach young people with the right qualifications and attitude; we at Ai Solutions applaud this innovative approach. The...
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Judith Hackitt To Take Part in Live Twitter Chat

The Health and Safety Executive's Chair, Judith Hackitt, will take part in a live Twitter-chat on Wednesday 11 July. The hour-long session will start at 3pm under the hashtag #askHSE. HSE is on Twitter as @H_S_E
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Selfridges Partners With Altius To Improve Supply Chain Management

Selfridges & Co has appointed Altius Vendor Assessment to manage supplier pre-assessment, compliance and accreditation on behalf of the retail group. The Altius online vendor accreditation and management system takes a thorough evidence-based approach to checking the competences of suppliers – from health and safety compliance through to financial health, environmental performance, customer service and corporate social responsibility.  Martin Beck, Health and Safety Manager for Selfridges,...
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HSE Cost Recovery Scheme Starts October 2012

The cost recovery scheme introduced by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) - Fee for Intervention (FFI) - will start on 1 October 2012 subject to Parliamentary approval. New detailed FFI guidance has been published on HSE's website setting about how the scheme will work in practice. Developed in consultation with representatives from industry, it explains how FFI works and includes examples illustrating how it would be applied. Will this new scheme aid the HSE recover costs? It is hoped...
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Latest Statistics on Fatal Injuries 2011/12

The HSE has now published the provisional data regarding fatal Injuries for the period April 2011- March 2012. The data suggests a leveling-off in the previous downward trend over the last four years. Is this down to better health and safety activity or the lessening on construction work happening at the moment? For a full review see hse.gov.uk/statistics/fatals
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Shard Opens Today

The Shard will be officially opened in central London tonight with a spectacular laser show which will light up the capital. This building is proving to be another exiting and innovative addition to the London skyline. For more information see The Shard to be unveiled with spectacular laser show  
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H & S Compliance A Burden?

Its seems that many UK businesses see H&S Compliance as a burden a recent survey reveals. One of the main issues they have is that they find it difficult to find the information on which health and safety regulations applied to their operation.  Additionally lack of time and physical resource as well as the penalties for non-compliance were sited as major reasons for their concerns. Many opt to have external organisations provide the facility to demonstrate compliance. At Ai Solutions...
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You Lie We Die?

Further to one of our recent posts regarding the HSE review of the current AcOP the SHP report that protests have challenged Employment Minister Chris Grayling. Their issues are that the government should be doing 'more' to strengthen regulations rather than cutting it. For more on this article see Protesters tell Government: you lie, we die
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Newsletter - July 2012

The July 2012 edition of the Ai Solutions Newsletter is now available: July Newsletter.
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