There is no doubt that financially, we are all in for a rough time over the coming months. Expenditure will be questioned; income will be analysed. The state of the nation's health will be monitored as we go into 'intensive care'. Debate will abound; action will be scarce. Will we weather the storm? Will I have a job next month; sorry next week?
Now there is a positive side to this scenario which hopefully will be less grim than the picture painted here for most of us. This is a time to take stock of all those inefficient ways we carry on using because of the effort involved (and cost) of changing them. Is this the time to get rid of the baggage and paint a better future for ourselves?
>> For the full article & to comment, see Cost Saving in Recessionary Times
We have completed our New Year review of our web site and included some new articles for you. When you visit the site you will notice a questionnaire designed to allow you to feed back to us information about CDM usage within your domain to help us provide even better products and services for you in the future.
Your cooperation in filling in the questionnaire would be appreciated. Thank you!
The Office of Government Commerce (OGC) defines Joined up Working as "the term to describe collaborative working across organisational boundaries to tackle shared issues" and recognises that it is becoming increasingly common in the public sector where joint action and exchange of information is required to support the efficient conduct of public sector business.
The HSE, in their Health and Safety of Great Britain Strategy consultation document, are seeking to improve Health and Safety performance nationally. They are asking what Local Authorities can do differently to help them achieve their goals.
>> For the full article & to comment, see Working together across London
The HSE is presenting its new strategic Goals for Great Britain to around 800 attendees at UK wide workshops. We were delighted to attend one and to provide this feedback to our user community. Delegates generally agreed with the goals, listed below, except to argue that the first two should be reversed, thus emphasising the importance and need of strong leadership.
During detailed discussion communication was, inevitably, the main feature seen to require constant attention. Communication of a 'safety culture' in which the workplace wanted to comply was mentioned time and again. There was a preference to this rather than one in which the workforce are compelled to conform to rules; useful though the guidelines are...
>> For the full article & to comment, see Goals for the Health & Safety of Great Britain Strategy
This is the second consecutive year that Simon from Ai Solutions has competed in a team of four in a 24 hour Winter Mountain Bike race in Strathpeffer, Scotland. It is known as the World's only 24 hour Winter Mountain Bike race with 17 hours of darkness, freezing temperatures, ice, some snow, and gale force winds.
Simon came back in one piece and tells us "This year's race was a success, the team survived the best of the Scottish weather with everything from sunshine, rain, and a blizzard! Furthermore they reached their target and raised £500 for the RNLI."
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