We are looking forward to our Annual Conference in London in just over 2 weeks time. Our keynote speaker will be Richard Boland, from the Health & Safety Executive but the supporting agenda has changed to include more presentations with an 'across the board' appeal. The new agenda includes;
This is probably the best agenda we have ever offered in a venue which is both relaxed and offers excellent facilities. The buffet is second to none as past attendees will testify. We offer this event at near cost as a service to our users and those interested in the CDM and asbestos management environment that we work in. So please help us support you, take a look at your diary, move a few things around and sign up to what we hope will be a really useful seminar.
For the full agenda and booking details, please see Ai Solutions Annual Conference
We distributed our new ToolKit CS™ package last week so that our users can be ready for the new Regulations on 6th April 2007. The package includes many enhancements to make the change-over from old to new as easy as possible and to provide better record keeping for CDM 2007 projects. This is particularly important for competence recording, auditing and reviewing.
There are now many more templates for new projects and the already extensive knowledge base has been updated to include the CDM 2007 standards from the new ACoP. The document editor includes an interface to the knowledge base, making it even easier to research and include information. Information can be linked in from the user's library, and any documents or files on the users' system can be attached or imported into the ToolKit CS™ database.
The Management Console has new features for tracking both old CDM 1994 style projects and those in the new 2007 format, showing notifiable and non-notifiable projects at the touch of a button. The Organisation console uses a new traffic light system to show competence performance on projects so that this important aspect of project management can be tracked across all projects from one place.
ToolKit CS™ now has a new Option for Key Performance Indicators and for SHEQ (Safety Health, Environment and Quality). Included in this new module are additional features for Project Management with Key Stages, modelled on the DTI's Prince2. This allows auditing to be managed and tracked via the management console. Non-Compliance can be seen 'across the board', with a drill down to specific issues as required.
We have completed our series of free workshops to introduce the many changes and enhancements in the new release of ToolKit CS™. We have additional workshops available for a small charge. Please contact us for details.
There was great interest in ToolKit CS™ at the recent IOSH event. Well over 200 people completed our short questionnaire to test their knowledge of the CDM 2007 regulations. The result of our survey indicates that up to 62% of the Health & Safety professionals who attended the event are still not fully up to speed with the new regulations which will be with us in less than a week's time.
|Q1. What role has replaced and enhanced the position of Planning Supervisor?|
|Q2. Once appointed how much time should be allocated to the Principal Contractor to plan and organise the work before construction starts?|
|Q3. Which set of regulations have been incorporated into CDM 2007?|
And the results? Well, some people were very well informed and some of our visitors had gaps in their knowledge. The answers and the percentage of respondents who got them right are:
|The answers||% correct|
|A1. CDM Co-ordinator or CDM-C||38|
|A2. As much as practicable||74|
|A3. Construction (Health, Safety and Welfare) Regulations 1996||46|
Call us or click on CDM to learn more about how the regulations will affect you and how you can meet its requirements with ToolKit CS™
An analysis presented at a recent IOSH meeting shows that of all HSE prosecutions from April 1995 to March 2006, over half were against Clients. The results are shown here.
It is interesting to see that Clients were by far the highest group. Generally speaking, they are also the hardest group to target because they are not construction professionals. Client responsibilities change with the 2007 regulations and it will be interesting to see how quickly the statistics change.
As we have reported for some time now, the CDM Regulations 2007 will be implemented on 6 April 2007. However, seven MP's have now lodged a request for an Early Day Motion Early Day Motion (EDM) 1151 - CDM Regulations to rescind the new Regulations. The debate is going to be scheduled for after the Easter Recess when the regulations will already have become Law. This unusual parliamentary 'device' has not been successful for around 30 years.
Our Partners Callsafe continue to issue their monthly analysis of health & safety issues which we comment to your reading.
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.