Archive June 2013

Asbestos Risk Greater For Children

The BBC ran a story recently regarding asbestos in schools and how the evidence, provided by a special committee, showed that our Asbestos risk to children is 'greater over lifetime'. The committee stated that a five-year-old is five times more likely than an adult of 30 to develop mesothelioma, a type of cancer linked to asbestos, if they are exposed to it at the same time. This is because a child will normally live longer and have more time for the disease to develop, it says. Most schools have...
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Scotland - New Firth of Forth Bridge

We heard on the radio this morning that the planned Forth crossing name, as announced by Scotland's first minister Alex Salmond, is to be Queensferry Crossing. This is after a public vote from a list of suggested names. The construction of the new Forth Replacement Crossing is due to be completed in 2016 and this project is one of the largest Scotland has undertaken; costing £800m it is intended to replace the old Firth of Forth Bridge which is suffering for corrosion. For more on this story...
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Liverpool FC Development/Regeneration

The Construction Enquirer reports that a consortium led by Liverpool City Council with the support of Your Housing Group, Liverpool Football Club and Keepmoat has unveiled £260m proposals to transform the Anfield area of the city. The plans are being hailed as 'exciting' and the hope is that this project will deliver a step-change in quality of life for many thousands of people and be of major benefit to the city. Ai Solutions is glad to see that there are more new developments starting around...
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HSE - The Challenges Ahead

The HSE has published their annual report. Interestingly it identifies several plans and challenges that lie ahead for them for the rest of 2013 and going forward into 2014; these include:- implementation of the National Code for local authority inspections complete our programme of work to reform the health and safety system make it easier for people to understand and do what is required enable economic growth to take place in new and existing industries with good risk management in place continue...
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Morrisons appoints Altius to assure supply chain compliance

Food retailer Morrisons has appointed Altius Vendor Assessment to manage contractor assessment, compliance and accreditation on behalf of the group. With 500 stores, 7 major distribution centres and 19 production facilities, Morrisons required a central system for monitoring the health and safety credentials and competences of hundreds of contractors undertaking work across its national estate. It selected the Altius online supplier accreditation and management system to provide a consistent, evidence-based...
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Health & Safety Event in Bangor

For those Health and Safety professionals that live in Wales the HSE will be speaking at an event at Bangor University on 13th September 2013. The HSE want you to listen and engage with the speakers, who are all very experienced and experts in their fields, to learn how changing behaviours and attitudes in ourselves and others: from Leaders to shop floor makes good safety sense. The event is open to all who have an interest in influencing health and safety behaviour. Understanding change and leading...
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New £7m Construction Skills Centre in Cumbria

The Northwest Evening Mail reports that a new state-of-the-art facility centre has been built in Cumbria that aims to equip youngsters with the skills they need for a career in construction. Work on the centre began in May last year and was completed by contractor Esh Construction on budget and ahead of schedule this March. It will become fully operational when the new academic year starts in September. This is excellent news, particularly for the construction industry. For more on this story...
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Boris supports new "Garden" Bridge over Thames

The mayor of London, Boris Jonson, is reportedly backing proposals for an iconic new "garden" bridge across the Thames, similar to New York's High Line elevated park. The plans for the new bridge include an elaborate, widening and narrowing along its span and it will support a park containing plants from London and across Britain. The new structure will cross the river from Victoria Embankment on the north bank of the Thames at Temple, between Waterloo and Blackfriars bridges. It looks like being...
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Health Surveillance Guidance from the HSE

The HSE has a useful web site regarding health surveillance. Health surveillance allows for early identification of ill health and corrective actions can be implemented. If your staff are exposed to noise, vibration, solvents, fumes, dust, biological agents and other substances hazardous to health or work in compressed air you need to be aware of the hazards involved. For further information visit www.hse.gov.uk/health-surveillance
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Waste Industry Health & Safety (WISH)

Following on from the industry summit in February 2013 the Waste Industry Health and Safety (WISH) Forum has launched its blueprint for actions - written by the industry, for the industry. Your industry needs you - check out the Blueprint [PDF], review early progress and get involved. For more information about the work of the Waste Industry Health & Safety visit WISH
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Ai Solutions Application Development Forum (ADF) June 2013

The Ai Solutions Application Development Forum (ADF) was held on June 11th 2013. Some new and refreshing ideas have come forward from our clients, thank you. As ever, whether it is CDM or Asbestos related, we want to ensure that our customers get the most out of their ToolKit CS™ software. With new technologies imminent we want to utilise them and take the product forward into the future. We will of course ensure that product stays in line with any changes in legislation so you can rest...
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Free 'Working At Heights Seminar - Bradford'

The HSE are offering a FREE working at heights seminar in Bradford on 25th June. The event will provide information on working at height, it offers employers and workers advice and guidance to comply with the law and work safely at height. It is very important that all work at height is planned, organised and carried out by competent persons and the correct equipment used. For more information and online booking visit Working at Heights Seminar - 25 June 2013
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How to avoid risk and reputational damage when commissioning contractors

In the words of Benjamin Franklin: "It takes many good deeds to build a good reputation, and only one bad one to lose it." Some of the key risks that can expose organisations to reputational damage are: health and safety, environmental performance, operational disruption and commercial problems. While many organisations have these risks well controlled within their own business, there can be cracks in their supply chain. Key to removing these cracks is complete supply chain visibility and having...
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Asbestos - Children at greater risk

A scientific advisory committee to the Government has concluded that children are more vulnerable to asbestos exposure than adults. The Committee on Carcinogenicity of Chemicals in Food, Consumer Products and the Environment (CoC) was asked for advice on the relative vulnerability of children to asbestos to inform discussions of the Department for Education's Asbestos in Schools Steering Group. There are 24,372 schools in England and it is estimated that more than 75 per cent of these schools have...
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Wolverhampton House Collapse

A house in Wolverhampton partially collapsed after design and build contractors ignored the recognised procedures regarding party walls. The HSE said that the event could have been easily prevented and that "as an experienced builder they should have known better in the first place". Will we be seeing more of these types of incident when the new CDM regulations come into force? There are rumours that domestic work will fall under CDM in the future, perhaps this will be a good thing. However we all...
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Newsletter - June 2013

The June 2013 edition of the Ai Solutions Newsletter is now available: June Newsletter.
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BIM - Building Information Modelling

It seems to be the 'hot topic' at the moment, in just a few short years BIM has changed from being something you had heard about, to something you knew about, to something you absolutely need to be implementing in your business. The issue here though is that many of us have no idea what it is and how it will affect us on our delivery. The drivers couldn't be simpler. Unless you are doing Level 2 BIM by 2016 the government state that you will be ineligible for public sector work. Moreover, large...
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