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Safety Conformance & Compliance Issues in the Event of ‘No Deal’

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BSIF have issued a technical paper covering plans for the sector in the event of a ‘no deal’ exit from the EU. While this scenario is unlikely as the government expect to secure a deal, BSIF wish to prepare for all possible eventualities. The BSIF will continue to lobby hard for a Mutual Recognition Agreement (MRA) to be put in place.

The Highwire Team thought it would be helpful to put together a summary of the paper’s key points.

BSIF technical paper – Key Points:

  1. The EU will no longer recognise the results of conformity assessment carried out by UK notified bodies. Products tested by a UK notified body will no longer be able to be placed on the EU market. Products must be retested and re-marked by an EU recognised conformity assessment body. Prior to sale in the EU, all UK-certified PPE certified will need to be re-certified by an EU notified body.
  2. To sell PPE in the EU, manufacturers will be able to transfer their files to an EU-recognised notified body. This will allow for certificates of conformity issued by a UK body to continue to be valid.
  3. The UK’s essential requirements would be identical to EU essential requirements immediately after exit day. All existing harmonised standards would become UK ‘designated standards’. The UK will also create a new conformity marking. However, in the period after exit day, an EU compliance mark will be sufficient for products sold in the UK.
  4. The UK will continue to accept products which have been certified in any EU country. No retesting will be necessary.
  5. The EU will no longer recognise UK-based nominated persons. The UK will continue to recognise EU-based representatives for a short period.
  6. To place goods on the EU market, you will need an EU-based representative. If you only have an EU-based representative, and you wish to place goods on the UK market, in the long run, you will need a UK-based representative.

In Summary

Whilst it is likely that parallel but separate systems will mean extra costs to comply, further information will be provided by the government later this year. The aim will be to set out practical arrangements for how UK-based notified bodies will be granted a new status as UK ‘approved bodies’. The government will also specify the new UK markings.

If you would like to read up further on this subject, you will find links to the notices below:

Trading goods regulated under the ‘New Approach’
Trading under the mutual recognition principle
Appointing nominated persons to your business

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Equality in Engineering Inaugural Summit

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Liz Rickard recently spoke at the Equality in Engineering Inaugural Summit held on the 7th September in Manchester.

The day of workshops and panel discussions on Diversity and Inclusion, engaging wider workforces and creating allies, gave people across the sector the opportunity for networking and connecting. The conference covered the difficulties in engineering recruitment and the opportunities presented through embracing diversity.

The event raised lots of interest and opportunities and we can’t wait to share more information soon.

Other major speakers at the conference included representatives of:

  • WSP Atkins
  • Network Rail
  • Co Op Group
  • Google Garage
  • Siemens

To find out more, you can visit the website here

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Autumn Housekeeping

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We are now deep into autumn and it is time to plan maintenance ahead of the winter. Many problems and accidents occur in the darker, freezing and snowy conditions. It is vital to keep properties well maintained to prevent such occurrences.

Here are some easy measures you can take:

  • Autumn is synonymous with blustery winds and falling leaves. Make sure to clean out your gutters and drain pipes of any debris to prevent clogging.
  • If you think you have a leaky roof, don’t wait for heavy rain before taking action. Get it repaired as soon as possible. Check from the ground for issues such as a dislodged or missing roof tile and check for puddles of water or mould in the roof space after a downpour.
  • Avoid working at height, however, if necessary, ensure the right equipment is chosen, properly inspected and maintained. Use measures to minimise the risk of a fall and ensure everyone involved is competent and trained.

If you need any help or advice on staying safe when working at height, get in touch, we would be happy to help you.

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Meet The Team – Mike Halliwell

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We are pleased to welcome Mike Halliwell to Highwire as our new Customer Relationship Manager. 

His confidence and outgoing personality contribute to his excellent communication skills and ability to put clients at ease and earn their trust. He puts a great emphasis on excellent customer service. He is always keen to go the extra mile to help deliver a great service to his customers.

Mike is a business travel specialist with an eye for detail, integrity and approachability. As a former golf pro, he is target driven and thrives under pressure. Good relationships are key to maximising business and his excellent history with clients across both the travel trade and golf industry demonstrates this fully.

You can read his LinkedIn profile here.

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Highwire’s FD Recognised for Outstanding Contributions to BSIF Apprenticeships

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British Safety Industry Federation Outstanding Contribution 2018 Elizabeth Rickard

We are delighted to announce that the British Safety Industry Federation (BSIF) Height Safety Group has recognised Highwire FD Liz Rickard for her contribution in successfully delivering a new apprenticeship framework.

The award recognises Liz’s work on developing apprenticeships within the industry. Her valuable contribution included creating content that will be used in the forthcoming ‘T’ Levels. These are new STEM alternatives to A-Levels, for students aged 16-18. This new “Trailblazer” initiative includes both off and on the job training. Defined and measurable outcomes are backed up by assessment of both knowledge and skills.

It is great news for those within the industry, as they can now provide approved training to a recognised standard, funded under the Apprenticeship Levy. 

Being instrumental in the driving of this initiative, Liz has dedicated her efforts to work with the Institute of Apprenticeships to introduce a structured path for those both joining the industry and those already within the industry seeking to develop their careers. The BSIF have thanked Liz, acknowledging that the initiative would not have been possible without her time and effort.

 

 

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Safe in the Sun. Risks in the Construction Sector

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Skin cancer is the most common cancer in the world. The main cause of skin cancer is exposure to damaging rays from the sun. Indoor workers receive 10–20 per cent of outdoor workers’ yearly exposure.

Please take a moment to take a look at this interesting video on the subject. Whilst the video, produced by Keir, focusses on the issue globally the current spell of good weather highlights the importance of sun protection when working outdoors in the UK.

The video is part of the  IOSH Youtube channel. You can subscribe here

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Mental Health in Construction – Building Resilience

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The construction industry can be a stressful environment and increasingly, the industry is waking up to scale of the issue. With this in mind, we have pulled together  some of the resources & materials out there on the web that look at this subject:

Construction News has an interesting News & Analysis Page on the Subject. Mind Matters looks at issues including a link to thier 2018 survey looking to assess the scale of the industry’s mental health issues. You can take part in the Survey here.

Mental Health can also create significant Health & safety issues as highlighted on The HSE Website here – Stress at work – Mental health at work and work-related stress – HSE.

Ultimately, to address the issue we need to focus on 4 areas:

  1. Building resilience & Support 
  2. Better Communication Skills 
  3. Better support 
  4. Better self-awareness 

And ultimately building a positive culture in the workplace that encourages people to think about & protect their Mental Health.

If you are interested in investigating this issue further, you may find the Brain PathWays Blog of interest.

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June 23rd is International Women in Engineering Day

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We are keen supporters of WES and INWED, please could I ask you to please join our Thunderclap campaign on Twitter and Facebook (with both your company and personal accounts!) and to share the link with your friends, family, colleagues and professional networks so that we can try and trend this year on 23 June for #INWED18! Details are below:

https://www.thunderclap.it/projects/69695-inwed18

Thank you in advance

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The importance of effective communication and feedback

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Highwire is committed to delivering a high quality service. We are continually looking for ways to better understand the needs of our clients and what they think about the services we deliver.

As part of this commitment, we will now ask you to take a few minutes to give us some feedback at the end of a project.

We use Microsoft forms to collect the information. You can take a look at an example via the link below.

So when you receive a form, please take a few munites to complete it and tell us how we have done.  Your feedback will help us make Highwire even better for you!

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What’s Happening in Construction

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There are a number of interesting events happening over the next few months.

So here are a few dates for your diary, along with links to find out more

Dates for your diary is a regular feature in the Highwire Newsletter. If you want to stay up to date with what is going on in the industry, why not sign up?  Just get in touch here and we will be happy to add you to the list.

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