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Seven tips for hearing protection

David Ford, Compliance Lead at CHAS highlights seven areas to pay attention to prevent work-related hearing loss.

Exposure to elevated levels of noise at work can lead to irreversible hearing damage and it remains one of the commonest occupational health complaints, accounting for 75% of all health-related civil claims in industry according to latest HSE data.

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Futurebuild launches The Lost Sessions - webinars to outline climate change plan

Because they don’t want the pandemic to result in lost time in the fight against climate change, Futurebuild is launching The Lost Sessions. The series of webinars will take place from March 2 to March 4, the original planned dates for the physical Futurebuild 2021 show and will identify the actions needed to achieve net zero.

In partnership with the Edge, The Lost Sessions: Positioning ourselves for COP26 and beyond – a plan for the built and natural environment will take place from 12:00pm to 1:15pm each day. Each webinar in the series will explore the key issues the industry must address to trigger systemic change and create a plan for the future of the natural and built environment.  

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Hinowa platforms spearhead hirer's sustainability revolution

Pioneering sustainable access provider 4Hire has taken delivery of a second lithium electric Hinowa spider platform as it powers ahead with plans to create one of the UK's most eco-friendly plant and machinery fleets.

A lithium Hinowa Lightlift 15.70 Performance IIIS was the first machine on the order book two years ago as 4Hire pledged to make itself one of the most sustainable plant hire specialists in the UK.

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Keeping up with modern methods of paving

New guidance from Interpave has just been published on the detailed design and installation of modular concrete paving, covering block paving, flags and kerbs, including the growing use of efficient, fully mechanised site processes. It follows separate guidelines and a new Interpave CPD webinar presented by sustainable drainage specialist Bob Bray on the latest developments in concrete block permeable paving for SuDS.

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UKCA Webinar series - your questions answered

Northern Ireland: UKCA, CE Marking or CE UKNI? 

Thursday 4 March 12:00 - 13:00 GMT

Northern Ireland has had a unique place in the discussions surrounding the United Kingdom’s exit from the European Union.

But what does this mean for those placing goods on to the market in Northern Ireland? And what does the introduction of UKCA marking mean for organizations located in Northern Ireland?

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Firestopping Best Practice Guide receives RIBA approval

The Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) has approved the recently launched Firestopping of Service Penetrations, Best Practice in Design and Installation Guide as assessed Continual Professional Development (CPD) material. This enables architects to download and read the guide and log this towards their 35 hours of required CPD each year.

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UCLan's first building services degree apprentices complete training

The University of Central Lancashire (UCLan) is marking National Apprenticeship Week (8-14 February) by seeing its first cohort of building services design engineer degree apprentices complete their training.

The six learners’ primary role is to work with other construction professionals to design, install and maintain the mechanical and electrical installations found in buildings. They are now officially Incorporated Engineers having successfully completed their end point assessment with the Chartered Institution of Building Services Engineers (CIBSE), supported in their endeavour by staff at UCLan and their employers.  

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Duncan Tanner is new CHAS Marketing, Communications & Content Manager

CHAS, the supply chain risk management expert, has appointed Duncan Tanner as Marketing, Communications & Content Manager in the latest phase of the company’s Strategic Growth Program. 

Duncan joins CHAS from Land Securities Group where he held the position of Senior Marketing Manager for the past six years and he brings over twenty years’ worth of multi-channel marketing and PR experience to the role. 

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CHAS appoints Bindi Lakhani as new Finance Director

CHAS, the supply chain risk management expert, has appointed Bindi Lakhani as Finance Director in the latest phase of the company’s Strategic Growth Program. 

Bindi moves across to CHAS from Merton council where she has been Head of Accountancy for the past 6 years. She brings over twenty-five years’ experience as a Chartered Accountant within both public and private sector organisations.

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PASMA responds to tower fall prosecution

Roger Verallo, PASMA Chairman and Managing Director of Euro Towers commented: “This case highlights the importance of training for all those who assemble, dismantle, inspect or move tower scaffolds. Just look what can go wrong when it’s done incorrectly. Anyone who has completed a PASMA course knows that guardrails and outriggers, or stabilisers, are absolutely essential for fall prevention and stability.

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Rapid growth sees expansion at Norwich-based glazing firm

Rapid growth at Norwich-based glazing manufacturer, Norwich Aluminium Limited, has seen the company move to new 80% larger premises and employ five new staff as it continues to fly the flag for UK manufacturing in construction.

Norwich Aluminium was established six years ago by local man Alex Warren. Alex, who was working in the glazing industry at the time, spotted an opportunity to move into aluminium, a material which was growing in popularity for commercial and architectural glazing. By re-mortgaging his house, Alex set up the company in a unit on White Lodge Trading Estate in Norwich, next to other established brands such as Screwfix and SIG.

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