The CDM 2007 regulations were introduced with high expectations in March 2007. With only 3 full months to run, organisations with interests in construction will soon need to prove their own competence management.
The regulations demand that ALL those with duties under CDM 2007 must satisfy themselves that the businesses that they engage with, or appoint, are competent. Assessments require judgements by individuals carrying out the assessments and record keeping of the decisions made. Individuals need to record the evidence that supports their decisions, and provide an audit trail to show how the process is being managed.
Users of ToolKit CS™, our compliance software have the tools they need at their disposal. We supply training for those who need it and pre-sales support for those interested in acquiring the package. Although we cannot stop the clock ticking, we can at least help you complete the process quickly if you will let us.
We had a valuable interaction with delegates at our seminars at Bradford MDC and the London Borough of Lambeth last month (Nov 07). These clearly illustrated the need to integrate the outcome of CDM projects into whatever asset management system is in place for the management of the health & safety file (HSF). The HSF is, after all, the key safety document used in the ongoing facilities management process for the lifetime of the structure being built or refurbished. This applies equally to highways and properties and to all the related structures involved.
And yet a majority of local authorities, for instance, organise the management of their structures in a disparate way; with individual 'silos' for properties and highways. There is an awakening body of opinion, led to some extent by our bigger customers, who advocate an integrated approach to structures management via the asset management team.
The good news is that our product, ToolKit CS, allows those organisations to manage their processes in any way they choose without the need for re-organisation. Because everything in the product is 'permission based' and capable of being 'grouped' in a manner appropriate to individual organisations, solutions can be provided 'out of the box' and at no additional cost to the customer.
We are very pleased to welcome Nick Clay to our expanding team. Bringing a wealth of training experience, Nick will be helping us deliver the highest standards of support and training for our clients.
We are delighted to continue our support of an outstanding Christmas Puzzle organised locally to raise money for charities around the country.
This year's puzzle (the seventeenth) will be available for download from 8th December from the Christmas Puzzle website.
So far, the puzzle has raised over £24,000 for various good causes, including £3,000 last year. The puzzle should appeal to people who enjoy solving (former) broadsheet crossword puzzles. You have plenty of time to work on it so don't expect every answer to be obvious; however, unlike many puzzles that come out around this time of year, this one is designed to help you finish!
May we take this opportunity to wish all our customers a very happy Christmas and prosperous New Year.
From all of us at Ai Solutions.
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.