The Alcumus e-permits Safety Management Solution

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The Alcumus e-permits safety management solution

The acquisition of Banyard Solutions by Alcumus earlier in the year has allowed us to move from being the provider of a point solution for permit-to-work to a much broader offering of safety management products based on the Alcumus Info Exchange platform. This post explores each component in detail using video excerpts from a recent webinar.  To learn more … Read More

Does Trust Correlate with Safety Performance for Workers? (part 2 of 2)

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Does Trust Correlate with Safety Performance for Workers

In the first part of this two-part post exploring the possible correlation between trust and worker safety, we highlighted how countries with the highest degree of trust (in their fellow citizens and public institutions) also showed the best safety performance among their workers. Equally, those countries with the lowest trust displayed the worst safety performance. Accepting that the normalised worker … Read More

Does Trust Correlate with Safety Performance for Workers? (part 1 of 2)

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Does Trust Correlate with Safety Performance for Workers

Can we meaningfully measure ‘trust’ in society and can we correlate that with worker safety? Would a more trusting society lead to better safety performance? One way to do that would be to compare trust metrics and safety performance across multiple countries. Before diving into that, it’s worth examining why we’re asking the question in the first place? In our … Read More

Dynamic Risk Assessments, Face Masks and Roundabouts

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Risk Assessments

In a recent review of e-permits product features our Product Manager, Alan, said he didn’t believe dynamic risk assessments were a good thing (or words to that effect) because any unexpected events should be anticipated ahead of the work being carried out. For example, working at height. High winds are entirely predictable and, as such, should be included in the … Read More

Introducing the Alcumus Solutions

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Alcumus logo

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 … Read More

Press Release – Banyard Solutions Acquired by Risk Management Expert Alcumus

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Alcumus Acquires Banyard Solutions

Press release – Date: June 2020 Banyard Solutions Drives Success Through Buyout Southampton-based Banyard Solutions, developer of e-permits, the UK’s first and leading web-based work authorisation and permit-to-work system, has been acquired by Alcumus, the UK’s leading provider of risk management solutions. Originally devised and developed 18 years ago to support the construction of Canary Wharf and now used broadly … Read More

Alcumus Acquires Banyard Solutions

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Alcumus Acquires Banyard Solutions

We are delighted to announce that, as of June 30, 2020, Banyard Solutions has been acquired by Alcumus, a leading provider of risk management solutions including SafeContractor, Info Exchange and Sypol. This acquisition will help Banyard Solutions, and the market leading e-permits solution, to build on our success and provide our clients with an enhanced service offering and more diverse … Read More

2020 Health and Safety Webinar Series

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2020 Health and Safety Webinar Series

Following is the 2020 schedule for our ongoing series of health and safety webinars. Mark your calendars as appropriate. You can access/register for past/upcoming webinars via the left sidebar of this page. 12th March – Contractor Compliance, Needs Vision not Hindsight As technology advancements and global political and macro-economic trends continue to impact the worker landscape, so we’re already seeing … Read More

Improving Risk Management in Financial Services

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city landscape

The global banking and the broader financial services industry leaves the last decade on a much more solid footing than it left the previous decade. Then, the financial crisis had wreaked its chaos but now, as Deloitte notes, “The global banking system is not only bigger and more profitable but also more resilient than at any time in the last … Read More

e-permits Modular Solution

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e-permits modular

e-permits is the UK’s first and leading web-based permit to work software and work authorisation system. The past year has seen its continued modularisation to enable new clients to absorb value in line with available budget and implementation resources. This post describes this new e-permits modular solution in detail. It consists of 4 Core Modules plus additional Functional Modules to … Read More

The Current Use of RAMS in Health and Safety… And Should We Be Using Them More?

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RAMS in Health and Safety

RAMS – Risk Assessment Method Statements – are a grey area in health and safety. Despite this, there are indications their use is increasing. While the rules on the use of risk assessments are clear, what are the exact requirements for preparing RAMS? What is the law, what is the current advice on best practice, and is that advice correct? … 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

Remote and Lone Worker Health and Safety – What You Need to Know

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Lone Worker Health and Safety

Lone workers make up a significant proportion of the UK workforce and face additional health and safety risks to those working with others. Many of those risks are unique to lone workers and, as with all workers, businesses have a responsibility to protect lone workers from all risks. Remote working may involve small teams as well as lone workers. Having … Read More

Risk Assessments – Legal Requirements, Trends, and ISO 45001

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Risk Assessments

Risk assessments are a central component of health and safety in every industry and sector. This is because risk assessments significantly reduce accidents, including accidents that cause deaths or the most serious types of injury. However, it is easy for organisations to become unconsciously complacent (or even deliberately complacent) about conducting risk assessments. In these situations, the process drifts into … Read More