Help Us Fight Exposure to Asbestos

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Prevent Exposure to Asbestos

Global Asbestos Awareness Week 2017 has long passed but we’re determined to keep awareness high all year round and to do all we can to prevent exposure to asbestos. As we reported a couple of weeks ago and with immediate effect, we are no longer making the asbestos module a chargeable, optional extra for e-permits. The module is now bundled … Read More

It Could Never Happen To Me, Could It?

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Crossrail Construction Project

There were 144 fatal injuries to workers in the UK in the fiscal year period 2015/16. A number, thankfully, with a long term downward trend although a number that seems to be levelling off over recent years. That couldn’t be you could it? I don’t mean one of the 144, but one of the duty holders held responsible for a … Read More

Asbestos Module – Now Bundled!

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e-permits laces up its running shoes - asbestos

We have written much and commented more on reducing the exposure to asbestos since the 2017 Global Asbestos Awareness Week at the beginning of April. Indeed, if we can make headway with recommendations we made following the Post Implementation Review of the Control of Asbestos Regulations 2012 then the UK will become a much safer place to go about our … Read More

Santander plc – Improving Health & Safety in Data Centres

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Santander - Improving H&S in Data Centres

Modern data centres can use around 100 million megawatt hours of electricity a year, orders of magnitude more than a typical office building and more than enough to introduce significant danger into the workplace. As recently as 2015, Martin Walton was electrocuted and killed working on a data centre in Middlesex when one of two FM companies involved issued a … Read More

Asbestos In UK Schools – The Hidden Threat

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Asbestos in UK Schools - An Infographic

The equivalent of 10 jumbo jets full of people die every year in Great Britain from diseases caused by exposure to asbestos. It is tempting to think that this is the sad legacy of our previous ignorance of asbestos and its deadly nature and that, over time, the death toll will fall. However, that’s not necessarily the reality. As we … Read More

2017 Global Asbestos Awareness Week

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Global Asbestos Awareness Week 2017

We’re less than 2 weeks away from Global Asbestos Awareness Week (GAAW, April 1-7, 2017). Promoted by the Asbestos Disease Awareness Organization (ADAO), the GAAW is dedicated to increasing awareness of, and preventing exposure to asbestos. ADAO is a US-based 501(c)(3) non-profit that reached over 44 countries with GAAW last year. This year’s GAAW will focus on banning the mining … Read More

The Benefits of e-permits

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Benefits of e-permits

In previous posts we have discussed what a permit to work actually is and then how e-permits helps enforce health and safety policy on the ground. This post will focus much more on the benefits of e-permits and, in particular, what our clients cite as the benefits they receive from using e-permits. Remembering first that, without exception, our best clients … Read More

The What and Why of e-permits

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JP Morgan e-permits client

In the first post on ‘e-permit insights’ we covered the basics of what a permit-to-work is and how and when they’re used. Many companies have well-defined processes, traditionally implemented through paper-based systems – the issue with paper-based systems arising as a disconnect between health & safety policy and what is actually happening on the ground. e-permits were developed to reduce … Read More

DigiPlex Control Contractors in Data Centres Using e-permits

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DigiPlex designs, builds and operates data centres in the Nordics. The company specialises in delivering best-in-class services to customers by providing tailored, secure and resilient environments with the highest possible availability. As a result, DigiPlex is trusted by public and private customers alike – including security sensitive organisations such as government and financial institutions. Digiplex is privately owned and independent, … Read More

How Barclays Mitigates Risk and Controls Contractors

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Barclays e-permits

Location: Nationally Duration: Since 2007 Scope: Use of e-permits throughout Barclays’ and Barclays Capital’s head offices, data centres and CAT A buildings in the UK It was the investment Banking division of Barclays PLC that first used e-permits, to revitalise its permit system to reduce the risks it faced during potentially hazardous works in the Docklands offices and Northolt data centre. … Read More

What Is A Permit To Work?

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What is a permit to work?

What is a permit to work? A permit-to-work is a documented procedure that authorises certain people (who) to carry out specific work (what) within a specified time frame (when) at a specified location (where). It sets out the precautions required to complete the work safely (how), based on a risk assessment and method statement. Welcome to ‘e-permits insights’, the home … Read More