Introducing the Alcumus Solutions

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As many of you will have already seen, Banyard Solutions was acquired by Alcumus at the end of June 2020. You’re likely aware of Alcumus as the UK’s leading provider of risk management solutions and may already be a user of one of the main solutions:

  • SafeContractor for supply chain management, verification and contractor management
  • Sypol for COSHH services
  • Information Exchange for the digitisation of business processes
  • ISOQAR for ISO certification

This post highlights each of these through the curation of content from the Alcumus website.

Before we get there, it’s also worth highlighting the acquisition by Alcumus of ContractorCheck (on the same day as Banyard Solutions and e-permits) and eCompliance (both based in Toronto, Canada). ContractorCheck is a health and safety compliance company, eCompliance provides a software solution for improving worker participation in safety.

SafeContractor may be the most well known of the Alcumus solutions, at least based on its 33,000 membership. SafeContractor delivers value to two user constituencies – companies and their contractors. The c500 client companies receive world class supply chain and contractor management via an online portal of verified contractors. Contractors not only benefit from the advantages of working with companies who only work with SafeContractor members, but also see financial savings on business essentials such as insurance.

The introduction of e-permits to the Alcumus family further strengthens the SafeContractor proposition by adding contractor management capabilities to the job of work itself.

Info Exchange is a software solution that drives operational efficiency and collaboration across an organisation through the digitisation of business processes. While that may seem like a capability statement more akin to a Big 5 consulting firm, the flexibility of Info Exchange has enabled c200 businesses to reduce their safety risk profile.

One example of that is in the management of accidents and incidents arising from temporary construction works which account for over 70% of site accidents. St. Modwen Homes deployed Info Exchange to replace the paper-based system they had been using to manage their own temporary works across 30-40 sites.

Given the innate capabilities and flexibilities of Info Exchange, it will be no surprise that the software has found a myriad of applications in health & safety. These include:

  • Polypipe, the piping manufacturer, who used Info Exchange to improve health & safety communication and accountability across their business
  • APS Group, the tomato supplier, who used Info Exchange to improve health & safety performance through better incident reporting
  • Ferrovial, the construction company, who deployed Info Exchange as part of their continuous improvement culture and drive for zero incidents
  • bathstore, the retail bathroom specialist, who used Info Exchange for planned and reactive maintenance

These and other case studies for Info Exchange can be found here.

Sypol comprises the COSHH Management Software and related services targeted at the management of hazardous substances. Did you know that Covid-19 falls under COSHH regulations and that, as such, employers have a legal duty to manage it as a hazardous substance? Mike Harris has an excellent post on how Sypol can be used to help companies legally comply with legislation and keep their people safe.

For a broad introduction to Safety Data Sheets and COSHH Risk Assessments then Mike Harris summarises those nicely here.

Finally, ISOQAR which provides ISO certification to standards such as ISO 9001, ISO 14001, ISO 45001 and ISO 27001. Tom Martin-Ball provides an excellent introduction to getting started with ISO 27001 including the elements of business continuity and disaster recovery which would have been so valuable before we all started working from home, and handling sensitive data of all kinds over our home wifi.

Over time we will start unveiling our strategy on how e-permits fits with each of the existing Alcumus product/solution offerings. Stay tuned for more…

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