Delivering Increased Control and Compliance Using e-permits

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This post begins by summarising the benefits delivered by e-permits, the electronic permit to work software and work authorisation system, in bringing increased control and compliance to the existing paper process. It continues with a detailed “how” e-permits delivers these benefits. In Summary By providing critical information to the appropriate people just as they need it, e-permits helps ensure that the… … 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

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

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

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is the hse keeping pace with modern working arrangements

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

UK Skill Shortages – Not Just a Hiring Problem

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UK Skill Shortages

It seems odd that the UK, one of the major economies of the world and with record numbers of students entering university, should be suffering from a shortage of skilled workers. But that’s exactly where we are. And it’s getting worse. The UK Commission for Employment and Skills ‘Employer Skills Survey 2017’ highlighted the following: in 2017, 20% of establishments … Read More

Contractor Management – A Compelling Imperative for Change

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Contractor Management - A Compelling Imperative for Change

Everyone understands the benefits of using contractors in a business: More flexibility as expertise can be provided when and where needed Easier to scale the workforce up or down as the business requires Enables the business to react quickly to new projects Business can “plug and play” workers into projects (i.e. there is no training required to get people up … Read More

Is It Time to Consign Paper Permit to Work to the Bin?

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Is it Time to Consign Paper PTW to the Bin?

This is a transcript of the webinar of the same title and highlights some of the deficiencies with paper-based permit to work processes and introduces the advantages of e-permits in overcoming these deficiencies. Note that as an accurate transcript the language is conversational and not perfect written English. Transcript starts >> Thank you very much indeed for joining the webinar … Read More

ISO 45001 and Contractor Management – What it Means to You

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ISO 45001 and Contractor Management

In our recent post ISO 45001 – A Marriage of Culture and Digitalisation we covered the major changes that will be required in achieving ISO 45001 certification versus the previous standard, OHSAS 18001. One of those changes is the extension of the moral and legal responsibility of an organisation to the whole supply chain and the expansion of the definition … Read More

It’s Official!! Your Employees Are At Greater Risk Than Your Contractors.

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Employees are more at risk than contractors

At the beginning of last month we posed the question, “Are Employees Really Safer than Contractors?” Anecdotally it seemed to be the case and the HSE fatality stats for 2015/16 supported the statement. On the face of it. However, digging into the data and removing the agriculture sector yielded a different picture, although an inclusive one due to what appeared … Read More

Are Employees Really Safer Than Contractors?

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Are Contractors Really Safer Than Employees?

In our recent post, Contractor Management – Way More Than Orientation, we introduced the steps required to keep contractors safe while working in your facilities and highlighted why your duty of care goes much further than contractor orientation. We did this within the context of the higher fatality rates experienced by UK self-employed people (0.79 per 100,000) compared with employees … Read More