Archive August 2012

TUC Event - Green Is Good For Growth

The TUC are holding several events towards the end of this year, one which our readers may be interested in is the TUC Climate Change Conference: Green is Good for Growth which is being held at Congress House on October 23rd. To book your place visit www.tuc.org.uk/events
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RIDDOR Review Comes To A Close

Consultation on proposals to simplify and clarify RIDDOR reporting will shortly be coming to an end so if you have any views on proposals to simplify and clarify how businesses comply with the requirements under the Reporting of Injuries, Disease and Dangerous Occurrences Regulations please put your ideas forward as soon as possible. Consultation began on 2 August 2012 and ends on 28 October 2012. You can view and respond to the consultation at RIDDOR Consultation
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New Center For Graphene Development Planned

We read an interesting article in the Construction Enquirer regarding graphene which has been dubbed the new 'miracle material'. The new substance won its discoverers the Nobel Prize and is held out as one of the great finds of the 21st century. Up to 200 times stronger than steel and just one atom thick, graphene is the strongest and thinnest material ever measured, and also the world's most conductive material. With many potential uses within industry the government are backing plans by Manchester...
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Government Agrees To Major Industries Shake-up

The government is set to transform the skills of those joining the construction industry by transferring hundreds of millions of pounds for training programmes from local colleges to employers. This is a long awaited and very welcome strategy as Britain goes through the current decline in skills and lack of investment has hindered progress. For more on this article visit Government agrees to major industry skills shakeup
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Asbestos Prosecutions in Bolton

Once again the HSE has come down hard on those not adhering to the Asbestos regulations. Two companies have been prosecuted after workers were exposed to potentially deadly asbestos fibres at a mill in Bolton. It is sad to hear that even with all the press and coverage situations like these are still occurring. For more on this story visit Firms prosecuted over asbestos danger at Bolton mill
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Asbestos - Fraudsters Collude To Trick Independent School

An interesting story on the HSE web site; Two men colluded with each other to commit fraud by falsifying a record stating that a school in Abingdon had been properly cleaned of asbestos. So why would they do such a thing? Well apparently excuses like 'last day at the company' and 'it was a Sunday' came out at the inquest along with the temptation of finishing work early. A very unusual case, but at what cost to those using the building? For more on this story visit Fraudsters collude to trick...
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Putting The Record Straight

For those of you that don't already know the HSE has a web page where they respond to various news articles that are critical of health and safety. If you would like to know more visit HSE: Putting the Record Straight
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Newsletter - August 2012

The August 2012 edition of the Ai Solutions Newsletter is now available: August Newsletter.
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Elimination Of Asbestos-Related Diseases

For those of you who would like to know more about Asbestos the World Health Organization has a lot of useful information about asbestos related diseases. At Ai Solutions we support the elimination of asbestos within construction. However we are a long way from achieving that due to the amount that has already been used. Asbestos based products are banned from new construction but refurbishment of buildings means our contractors come across it all the time. If you have an old building the chances...
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RIDDOR Consultations Begin

The HSE has opened two separate consultations on proposals to exempt certain self-employed people from health and safety law and simplifying the RIDDOR reporting requirements. The proposal to relieve certain self-employed people of health and safety legal obligations addresses one of the most controversial aspects of Professor Löfstedt's review. Since launching his report in November last year, the professor and the HSE have been at pains to stress that the exemption will not extend to those...
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