Yes; no; yes, spring is just round the corner.
Yes, new asbestos legislation leaves us only 14 months to comply.
Yes, we have a free seminar to tell you about the legal and management aspects of the new law.
Yes, the next Construction Industry Seminar will be at Bletchley Park, home of the Enigma code breakers, and;
Yes, the HSE will be there to answer your questions.
Yes, we have some offers on our CDM and Asbestos compliance solutions.
The much delayed conference chaired by Sandra Caldwell, the HSE’s Director, Health Policy, took place to an invited audience at the Queen Elizabeth II Conference Centre in Westminster last week.
The keynote speech by Nick Brown, the Minister for Work, spelt out the Asbestos Message;
The overwhelming balance of opinion is in favour of the new duty to manage asbestos; the duty is proportional to the risk. The big players including the Ministry of Defence, large local authorities including Birmingham and London have embraced the new duty. They acknowledge that they have significant responsibilities and want to get it right. The political opposition, although strong at the end of the political process, failed to offer an argument against the new regulations. Having decided to implement the change, we must all set out how to do it and manage the new duty.
The Minister continued,
Side arguments, including the thought that white asbestos is okay, are not supported by the government; we do not intend to wait 30 years for the answer.
The Duty to Manage applies to a large group of people many of whom have not had duties in health & safety before. We have embarked on a 5 year campaign to raise awareness of the need to change. We have to start now to work towards compliance. 2000 organisations have signed up to get the message across with seminars and workshops and so on.
He added the following comments;
Bill MacDonald, HSE Head of Asbestos Policy, gave an outline of the current regulation 4 duties and the recent issues that the department have had to deal with. He emphasised that;
The nature of the duty holder had been changed because the earlier proposals to appoint the occupier did not reflect the commercial issues of ownership. The ACOP to regulation 4 issued on 16 December 2002 was the conclusion of years of consultation and debate. The awareness campaign and the joint guidance was now in place so it is time to reflect on the progress to date.
Some organisations are applying themselves to what needs to be done. But much needs to be done. The next 14 months will be a huge challenge!
The HSE’s strategic approach already embraces the rail network, utilities, pubic bodies, local authorities and hospitals. He again emphasised that the public pressure to REMOVE asbestos must be withstood. Besides being ‘unnecessary’, Bill stated that removal will provide a huge problem for disposal of asbestos waste because of the thousands of tons of the product still in place.
The HSE’s army of inspectors have already made over 300 visits to key duty holders to engage them early and cajole the management into action. In addition, this year's October European Health & Safety Week is focusing on chemicals. This will provide another opportunity to increase awareness of the regulations on asbestos management.
The 12 month review will, as the Minister said, take place by November 2003. “If the message is not getting across; we will have to take corrective actions to put it right.”
Bill commented on the recording of information. Was it right that organisations should record information based on a surveyor’s word processing package or on the needs of the business? Duty holders should find a solution that was right for them to help them manage.
He made the following comments;
Ai Solutions & Heald Solicitors form asbestos focussed partnership
Our joint seminar with Heald Solicitors will take place in Milton Keynes on Thursday 6th March 2003. This free late morning event will last about 90 minutes and include presentations by Heald and ourselves about the new asbestos regulations and our ToolKit CS™ asbestos management solution. The aim of the event is to brief local business on how Heald and ourselves can help them.
This event is nearly full, so sign up for this free event by calling 01525 850 080 or contact us for more details as soon as possible.
Our next Construction Industry Seminar will be held at Bletchley Park on Thursday 10th April 2003. The agenda will include presentations by the HSE, our Partners and ourselves. The focus of the event is the new Duty to Manage Asbestos – Regulation 4 and how to use the next thirteen months wisely.
The Agenda includes;
This event will last for most of the day including a free tour of Bletchley Park to see the progress of the asbestos management project which, in time, will become a showpiece project using our software.
This promises to be another popular event at a really interesting location, so please sign up now to ensure your place.
Our ToolKit CS™ product is now available from standalone to multi-site, running CDM and Asbestos Management applications. Supported by our Knowledge Bases, we have the finest tool available to support enterprises and local government in complying with their legal, regulatory requirements. See our product information pages for more information.
Prices for the CDM product are similar to previous versions except that at the basic level, there is no 'branding' of the CDM product for Planning Supervisor, Contractor and so on. We are currently shipping all the functionality code to every customer. Purchase a standalone version now and we will ship the full Corporate functionality for £1,495 plus £299 pa standalone or £3,995 plus £799pa for a 1 concurrent network license if you use a network.
Asbestos ToolKit CS™ standalone is available for £995 plus £299 pa; we are offering a 20% discount on the license fee plus £299 pa for orders placed and paid for by 31 March 2003.
We are offering both CDM and Asbestos on the same networked database for approximately 140% of the CDM price. This means that the Asbestos module is available at approximately 60% discount when taken with CDM.
Customers looking for a bargain will recognise the value in the following offers;
CDM ToolKit™ 2000 Standalone for either Planning Supervisors or for Contractors: £749 (50% discount) plus £299 maintenance per year for updates (discounted from £1,495 and £299pa).
CDM ToolKit™ 2000 Corporate Network license (1 concurrent user): £1,995 (50% discount) plus £299 maintenance per year for updates. This product is suitable for Clients, Designers, Planning Supervisors and Contractors. It is upgradeable to ToolKit CS™ at a later date (charges apply).