Ai Solutions are proud to announce their annual seminar at the Royal Air Force Club Piccadilly, London on 27th April 2006. The guest speaker will be Richard Boland from the Health & Safety Executive. Richard now heads up the Construction Policy team having taken over from Stephen Wright who many of you know through our seminars.
Richard is responsible for the CDM Regulation revisions under consideration this year, so we are particularly delighted that Richard can join us during this busy time. There are many changes under consideration to the CDM Regulations. They affect both the corporate client role and independent planning supervisors represented amongst our users. We are all interested in learning about the latest proposals from the HSE to see how the changes may affect us and our need to comply. Information about the agenda, which includes all aspects of health & safety, and pricing, will be available on our web site and you should register for the event now, please.
Bradford was one of our first customers in 1995 when we started the business and the CDM team have done an outstanding job in keeping the ever expanding CDM Management suite in good health over the past 10 years. It is really good news that the management team have agreed to purchase our Enterprise ToolKit™ Compliance Software so that they can now move forward with our mainstream product to comply with the latest CDM Regulations as they progress through the promised transition.
The London Borough of Hounslow has been working to gain agreement to purchase our CDM software over many months. The Board has finally given approval and we and Hounslow are delighted that they are at last able to join the influential 'club of CDM ToolKit™ users'.
Our upgrade offer for CDM ToolKit™ 2000 users will have to change at the end of March 2006. We are encouraging 2000 users to upgrade so that they can remain compliant as the CDM regulations change. The cost for customers with less than 5 concurrent user licenses is minimal if carried out by the end of March 2006.
Callsafe Services report that the proposed revisions to the Asbestos 2006 Regulations are delayed. They are expected to be published during the summer for a 1st Oct 06 implementation date. We look forward to more news as it breaks. We are delaying our proposed asbestos updates to ToolKit CS™ accordingly.
Please see the Callsafe Newsletter for more Health & Safety News.
According to the recent TUC Bulletin, 27th Feb 06 was National Asbestos Day.
Asbestos may now be banned but the fatal fibres could still be lurking in up to 1.5 million shops, factories and offices across the UK, the TUC is warning. The union body is launching a major new safety drive aimed at preventing more workers from being exposed to the killer substance which currently claims over 4,000 lives a year.
The move comes ahead of Action Mesothelioma Day, Monday 27 February. A million 'Asbestos Kills' stickers and thousands of leaflets have been sent to workplaces up and down the country, so that union safety reps can do more to stop employers needlessly exposing their staff to asbestos at work.
TUC believes many employers are either unaware of their legal obligations to management asbestos risks or are simply choosing to ignore them. And with the average workplace getting a visit from a safety inspector on average only once every 8 - 20 years, negligent employers can be safe in the knowledge that they are unlikely ever to get found out.
But with figures predicting that within 10 years the UK will see 10,000 deaths a year from asbestos-related diseases - of which mesothelioma is just one - the TUC wants union safety reps to make sure that no-one else's health is jeopardised because of employer carelessness. TUC general secretary Brendan Barber said: 'We don't want to see any more people exposed to asbestos in future. The new stickers and leaflets should help focus the minds of careless employers, and minimise exposure for those maintenance and construction workers most at risk.'
Over five thousand Tyneside residents have signed the Action Mesothelioma Petition, reports the charity Mick Knighton Mesothelioma Research Fund (MKMRF). The national petition will be presented to 10 Downing Street on 27 February.
We regularly receive updates from our customers and contacts about changes to legislation, the latest rumours and so on. We try to be selective with what we pass on and acknowledge our sources as appropriate. If you have information of general interest in the Health & Safety and particularly CDM and Asbestos Management arena, then please let us know by e-mail if possible.