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  • Tips & Advice Health & Safety - Are pre-qualification checks about to get slicker?
    The Common Assessment Standard has been developed by a group of construction sector giants in the hope of finally putting an end to the drawn out bureaucracy faced by many sub-contractors. What do you need to know?
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  • Tips & Advice Health & Safety - CSCS card forgery
    CSCS card forgery..Crackdown. Five criminals behind a major identity card fraud have received a total of 27 years in jail. The group produced and sold tens of thousands of forged documents via an online ordering and distribution system, including Construction Skills Certification Scheme (CSCS) cards. Tip. CSCS card fraud is long-standing problem. Check those presented to you via the Construction Industry Training Board’s (CITB’s) card checker (see The next step ). Avoid relying solely on the cards as a means...
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  • Health & Safety News - An accident waiting to happen
    A bus company has been held responsible for a fatal accident that was caused by driver error. What led to the accident and why was the employer responsible?
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  • Tips & Advice Health & Safety - Costly safety advice
    Employing a health and safety advisor who didn’t know what they were talking about proved costly to one client. What happened and how can you avoid ending up in a similar position?
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  • Tips & Advice Health & Safety - IOSH launches student membership
    IOSH launches student membership..Expansion. The Institution of Occupational Safety and Health (IOSH), the chartered body for health and safety professionals, has launched a new membership category for students. How much? Membership is free of charge for eligible full-time students on one of the 35 IOSH-accredited courses and costs £50 for those studying part time. Applicants on non-accredited courses will be considered, assessed on a case-by-case basis. Once a student has joined, they remain a member throughout...
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  • Tips & Advice Health & Safety - Choose your consultant wisely
    The HSE has been reviewing how health and safety consultancies market themselves and deliver services, and it hasn’t been impressed. How can you avoid the cowboys?
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  • Tips & Advice Health & Safety - All change for competency cards
    The Construction Industry Training Board (CITB) is to withdraw from its role as administrator of the construction skills certification scheme (CSCS). What’s to know?
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  • Health & Safety News - Must you watch their every move?
    A case which followed a fatal fall from height provides clear guidance on what is acceptable when it comes to supervising subcontractors. What’s to know?
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  • Tips & Advice Health & Safety - Demands on one-man-band operations
    Although the law is clear that obligations to formalise health and safety arrangements apply to those who have five or more employees, some businesses choose to ignore this. What’s come to light?
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  • Tips & Advice Health & Safety - Q&A - does a consultant need an SSIP badge?
    Q&A - does a consultant need an SSIP badge?..Q. We’ve been told that any health and safety consultant we use should have passed a Safety Schemes in Procurement (SSIP) contractor health and safety competency assessment. Is this really necessary? A. If a firm has SSIP accreditation, it will show that the organisation has appropriate health and safety systems in place. However, there is no legal requirement for them to have this. Don’t assume that because they have it they will be able to provide you with...
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