Can e-permits be Used for CDM Refurbishment Projects?

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This is a question we’ve been increasingly asked over the past few months and the short answer is, “yes, e-permits can be used on CDM refurbishment projects.” The long answer is also a [resounding] yes. CDM refers to the Construction (Design and Management) Regulations which apply to all construction work. These health and safety regulations do apply to all construction … Read More

e-permits Enhancements – 2019 Year to Date

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Not yet a third of the way through the year, 2019 has already seen a number of exciting feature enhancements to e-permits, our web-based permit-to-work system designed to prevent avoidable incidents. A big thanks to our Product Management function and Development team for their continued hard work in ensuring that workers work safely and are safe at work. This post … Read More

Skills, Gigs and Zero-Hours Contracts

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Skill Shortages in UK

We first covered skills shortages in the UK economy back in January. The challenges facing employers in finding the right skills was highlighted in the Employer Skills Survey 2017, itself based on interviews with over 87,000 employers. By far the largest survey responses (by number of companies responding and the employment levels in their represented sector) came from Wholesale & … Read More

Global Asbestos Awareness Week April 1-7, 2019

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It’s Global Asbestos Awareness Week incorporating the 15th International Asbestos Awareness and Prevention Conference running in Washington DC from April 5-7. We’ve commented extensively in the past on the issues surrounding asbestos in our society and this dreadful material has even become the cause of legal action alleging that Johnson & Johnson “knew for decades that its iconic baby powder … Read More

Data Centre of the Universe

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data centre of the universe

When Jeff Bezos wrote his first letter to Amazon shareholders in 1997 he said, “But this is Day 1 for the Internet…” He has signed off every subsequent letter with “It remains Day 1!” While this is mainly a statement of the philosophy of the leadership and strategy of Amazon, it’s also a literal take on where we are with … Read More

The Contractor Management Challenge for Power Utilities

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The Contractor Challenge for Power Utilities

As we’ve discussed before, the UK power utilities sector is entering a period of disruption brought on by a combination of forces including skills shortages and the availability of ‘free’ energy to the consumer afforded by renewables. Particularly for the asset-heavy side of the sector, requiring significant on-going investment, this disruption will create a tough investment environment, one which will … Read More

The New Trend in Health and Safety: Enhanced Contractor Oversight and Management

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Enhanced Contractor Oversight and Management

There’s a trend in the health and safety industry that is gaining traction and looks set to become the new norm – enhanced health and safety oversight of contractors. Of course, guidance from the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) states that companies and the contractors they employ both have responsibility for health and safety. A key reason for this approach, … Read More

UK Health and Safety Statistics – The Road to Nowhere?

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UK Health and Safety Statistics - The Road to Nowhere

Earlier this month we continued our examination of UK worker fatality rates in an attempt to understand how best  to break through the statistical plateau we’re now experiencing of 0.4-0.5 fatalities per 100,000 workers annually. There were three main points made: Comparing statistics between countries (even standardised across the EU) is pretty meaningless. The HSE segmentation of fatalities by [the … Read More

Is the Health & Safety Executive Keeping Pace with Modern Working Practices?

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The work environment is becoming much more complicated. At its simplest, companies have employees who all work at a company facility. This is the easiest structure to regulate and monitor when it comes to all aspects of employment law, including health and safety. The modern workplace is much more complicated than this, however. The people who work for companies today … Read More