The newly created Hard Asset Vendor section at
Henry Howard Finance have increased their team with two new appointments, to
support companies who offer finance solutions to their business
Ben Bennet, Senior Account Manager at Henry
Howard Finance, joins the team from DLL. Prior to this Ben held financial
roles spanning 25 years, at GE Capital.
Simon Dodd, Account Manager, has over 30 years
financial industry experience, and also previously held a role at GE Capital.
The Hard Asset Vendor team specialise in
working with dealers and manufacturers in the Construction, Materials Handling
and Transport sectors.
Henry Howard Finance provides dealers and
manufacturers access to industry leading technology, a dedicated sales support
service and innovative funding facilities, offering instant credit approval
decisions within their online leasing portal ‘HowApp’.
The Hard Asset Vendor team is spearheaded by
Marie Dunkley, who joined Henry Howard Finance in September from her role as UK
Sales Director for Construction, Transport and Industrial at DLL. Prior
to this Marie held senior roles at Hitachi Capital and GE Capital and has
previously won the NSA Sales Director of the Year Award.
Marie says: “I’m delighted to be heading up the
Hard Asset Vendor Team at Henry Howard Finance. The company’s
forward-thinking approach, customer centric ideals and growing own book lending
is already making waves in the industry, and I am excited to be part of their
journey to establish a stronger presence in Vendor Asset Finance. The
experience Ben and Simon add to the team is exceptional, and, coupled with our
flexible approach, we are looking forward to supporting even more companies
across the UK’.
pioneering procurement software company Market Dojo has saved international
support, construction and equipment services company, Interserve, £10 million
with the use of its software. Market Dojo provided software which enabled
Interserve to run an eAuction on fire and security services alongside Per
Angusta, which delivered remarkable results.
With a gross revenue of £3.7billion and a workforce of circa 75,000
worldwide, Interserve is a leader in innovative and sustainable outcomes for
its clients and is one of the world’s foremost construction equipment and
The team at www.MarketDojo.com were
approached by Interserve representatives at an international procurement event,
here they purchased a single £500 monthly licence with Market Dojo to run an
eAuction on Fire and Security Services.
Following their early success with the tool, Market Dojo, alongside 30
other competitive solutions were invited to a major tender to compete in
providing an enterprise solution that would be easy to adopt at all levels
across the Interserve organisation. Interserve landed on the decision to place
their trust in Market Dojo following the tender and a speedy start-up meant
that the international company saw near-immediate results from the plan
implemented by the MD team, in co-operation with Per Angusta.
Foregoing a traditional “Full-Suite” approach, Interserve instead
elected that the team at Market Dojo would take charge of e-Sourcing and
category planning, with Per Angusta providing Pipeline and Savings tracking
As a result, Interserve now has in excess of 80 active users on Market
Dojo and has saved over £10 million in the first 18 months since using the
procurement software company’s services. Post-implementation, the business has
been able to host a variety of Facilities Management tenders, including
maintenance, public displays and Health & Safety.
The solutions have negated the need for users to
enter information multiple times in more than one place and, due to their
intuitive user interface, very few training or skills materials were needed,
cutting down on wasted time.
Rob Barlow, procurement systems and process manager for Interserve
“Market Dojo, in collaboration with Per Angusta,
has exceeded our expectations, with a strong customer focus, continuous
innovation and proactive communication. We have already seen a number of
enhancements to both platforms in line with our needs, completing such projects
within a matter of months. We continue to have regular workshops and review
sessions and have already seen numerous success stories across the business.”
“Interserve is such a fantastic business and we
were ecstatic the results and return on investment were very evident. It has
been great working alongside them. We (alongside Per Angusta) managed to
implement a plan that was highly effective with a quick turnaround. We are
incredibly proud of the results we have seen and truly think they prove how
impactful our service can be.”
The European construction
industry is continuing to demonstrate encouraging growth, with Deloitte
forecasting that the market is on track to grow at a steady rate of 2.5 per
cent a year to 2022. With this continued growth, firms face increasing pressure
to deliver against rising demand, but it’s widely recognised that the
construction industry has a reputation for often delivering projects later than
expected and significantly over-budget. Large scale projects in particular can
typically take 20 per cent longer to complete than planned and can be up to 80
per cent over budget – so how can the industry adapt to fulfil these
ever-expanding expectations when current efficiency levels often leave a lot to
The adoption of new
technology and smarter processes can deliver tangible benefits for construction
firms, but there remains a fundamental stumbling block for those organisations
looking to capitalise on new innovation – a frequent lack of high speed,
portable and reliable Internet connectivity. It is therefore imperative that the
industry addresses these key issues as a matter of urgency so that firms can
gain access to the connectivity they need at new sites from day one.
site of the future
With rapid advances in
technology and the advent of cloud based solutions, the way we work and
interact has drastically changed. Technology innovation has led industries to
continually strive to be more efficient, productive and cost effective. Yet,
when it comes to the world of construction, investment in IT has remained low
in comparison to other industries. The market has been hampered by technical
challenges relating to projects that can be large, complex and geographically
dispersed. Combined with varying proficiency and maturity levels of smaller
subcontractors, advancing at scale has been difficult and has subsequently led
to the slow progress of the digitisation of the construction industry.
Despite these challenges,
the available technology in construction has advanced rapidly and we are now
starting to see examples of how advents in digital technology can deliver
efficiency and productivity opportunities at the start of all projects – truly
revolutionising the construction sites of the past. Drones, robotics, 3D
printing and augmented reality are no longer works of fiction but can be
adopted by forward thinking firms looking to capitalise on the benefits that
embracing innovation can bring to the construction site.
Connectivity is a necessity
for businesses in virtually every industry and construction is no exception.
Crucially, this is still one fundamental hurdle that the industry must overcome
if it is to create a solid foundation for all new innovation.
Technology that is crucial
for the industry to innovate and keep up with demand, cannot function without
high speed, portable and reliable internet connection, but gaining access to
connectivity can be a challenge for new sites, particularly those that are
located in a Green or Brownfield location where there is typically no existing
connection. Often, a fixed line is simply not an option and the reliability of
4G is still patchy, even as talk around the possibilities of 5G continue to
dominate the headlines.
The construction industry
cannot continue to utilise outdated processes and management methods but
instead must embrace digital advances and adopt smarter processes and
technology to stay competitive. But there is no way that the construction sites
of the future will ever become a reality unless the industry can conquer the
basics of connectivity.
So, how can construction
firms ensure that a strong and stable connection is established quickly at a
new site to ensure lack of connectivity does not negatively impact on projects?
By working with an ecosystem of experienced and trusted providers who can supply
the connectivity and IoT services that sites require. The industry will then be
able to continually benefit from the opportunities that the latest advances in
innovation present. The potential rewards to firms that capitalise on
digitisation will be instantaneous.
Range hoods help you to ventilate your kitchen workspace.
Ventilation is particularly important for homeowners with gas stoves since it
helps to dissipate gases and smoke for the sake of safety, as well as grease
and odours in the kitchen.
Many homeowners rely on their over the range microwaves to vent smoke and odours. This is excellent for kitchens that are low on space and need their appliances to do double duty. However, a nice hood vent tends to rank high on many homeowners’ kitchen remodelling wish list. Hood vents have a stylish appeal that can draw attention and make a statement in the kitchen.
19 April 2019: Scotland’s international centre of manufacturing expertise is a
step closer to being realised following the appointment of the design team.
The National Manufacturing Institute Scotland
(NMIS), hosted by the University
of Strathclyde, aims to make Scotland
a global leader in advanced manufacturing. By bringing industry, research and
the wider public sector together it will drive productivity and skills
a leading design and architecture practice with
studios in Glasgow, has
been appointed to lead a design team including Waterman Civil & Structural
Engineers, Davie + McCulloch Building Services Engineers and Robinson Low
Francis LLP Cost Mangers, whilst HLM will also be providing landscape
architecture and interior design services. Turner and Townsend have been
appointed as Project Managers under the University’s Framework Agreement.
As an industry-led international centre for
manufacturers, NMIS, adjacent to Glasgow International Airport, will include a Digital
Factory 2050, Manufacturing Skills Academy and collaborative working spaces; complementing
the existing University of Strathclyde’s Advanced
Forming Research Centre (AFRC).
will offer Scottish businesses access to expert services, advanced demonstrator
facilities and training programmes focused on innovative manufacturing. As a
national hub, it will be available to companies of all sizes and sectors,
enabling them to be more globally competitive.
will be the anchor for the Advanced Manufacturing Innovation District Scotland
(AMIDS), which will benefit from a £39 million investment to provide the
enabling infrastructure, funded through the Glasgow City Region Deal.
Ross Barrett, Associate HLM, said: “HLM
and the design team are excited to be working closely with the University of
Strathclyde and their partners to develop the new NMIS facility. This is a huge
opportunity to create an innovative, flexible and collaborative environment
which will help inspire and attract industry partners and academics alike,
reducing barriers to innovation.”
The £65 million plus investment includes £48
million from the Scottish Government and £8m from the University of Strathclyde
as well as £9 million in the Lightweight Manufacturing Centre which is a first
phase of NMIS. The phase 1 construction value is expected to be in the region
of £38 million.
In its 2019 Spring Statement the government
said it will aim to end the use of fossil fuel-based heating systems in all new
homes from 2025. It’s a bold move, and one that certainly brings even more
focus on improving the sustainability credentials of the UK’s new-build housing
stock. But what else should be done to make our homes truly low carbon and
Going beyond operational efficiency
In the quest to reduce CO2
emissions and produce ‘nearly zero-carbon buildings’, most designers and
builders focus on lowering operational emissions – even if it means emitting
more CO2 in the construction process. There’s still very little
thought put into reducing the CO2 emitted during the build stage and
from the materials used in the building fabric itself.
There are, however, pockets of developments
appearing across the UK – built by innovative SME builders harbouring a social
conscience – that take a more holistic approach to sustainable housebuilding.
One such development currently under
construction is Kings Farm Close. A collection of 15 new homes on the outskirts
of the Oxfordshire village of Longcot, the development promises affordable,
sensitively designed dwellings fit for 21st century living.
More significant, however, is that Kings Farm
Close also claims to be the most sustainable housing development in
Modern methods of construction
Ian Pritchett, managing director of
Oxfordshire-based Greencore Construction, has been championing a fabric-first
approach to new home building, using eco-friendly, modern methods of
construction for some time. His approach is to build to the highest standards while
also delivering comfort and quality at a great price.
Every Greencore home is built offsite in a
factory using a timber frame panel system, which is insulated with a mix of
hemp, lime and wood fibre. The hemp-lime mix provides exceptional levels of
thermal performance – tests carried out by Bath University showed that this
system stores nearly four times the amount of heat when compared with
traditional insulation materials like mineral wool.
Meeting the double carbon target
This insulated panel system – branded as the
Biond Building System – is manufactured almost entirely from natural materials.
It means that Greencore’s homes, which are always built to Passivhaus thermal
performance standards, can achieve the double carbon target of a low carbon
footprint and low operational energy usage.
Ultimately, it means the homes’ occupants won’t
need to use their heating as often. This is because the hemp-lime and wood
fibre insulation in the superstructure – and a mechanical ventilation and heat
recovery unit – help to maintain a comfortable indoor temperature all year
round. The heating is provided entirely by underfloor heating, leaving wall
spaces clear for furniture and decoration.
So, how is this possible? How does a humble
plant-based insulation material like hemp-lime make such an impact on the
thermal performance of a home?
It’s all thanks to the natural ‘phase change’
properties of hemp-lime. The moisture naturally present in the cells of the
hemp and in the pore spaces of the composite material can change from liquid to
vapour and back again. When this change takes place, a lot of energy is either
absorbed or released.
This phase change process can take place at a
wide range of temperatures and means that energy entering or leaving one face
of a wall is very different to the energy entering or leaving the other face.
The reality is that the combination of good insulation and exceptional thermal
inertia resulting from the natural phase change properties makes hemp-lime an
extremely high performing material.
A little hemp-lime history…
Hemp-lime has been used as a building material
for hundreds of years in central Europe, but was revived in the 1990s in France
as a niche construction technique for new houses and for infilling the panels
of historic oak-framed buildings.
The new-build technique involves casting a wet
mix of hemp and lime around a timber framed structure to form solid monolithic
walls, normally finished with a lime render on the outside and lime plaster on
the inside. This form of building has gained popularity in France and spread to
the UK in the early 2000s.
Avoiding the delay of drying wet hemp-lime
Despite its rise in popularity, one major
limitation hampers the use of wet cast hemp-lime in volume construction
projects: it takes a long time to dry. In ideal weather conditions (warm, dry
and breezy), drying can take as long as six to 12 months, which clearly isn’t
practical for fast-track housebuilding in unpredictable British weather.
To tackle this, Greencore pre-fabricates the
superstructure of each home at its factory – ready-filled with hemp-lime and
wood fibre insulation – before it’s shipped out to be assembled onsite. This
means the drying process can be managed in a controlled, indoor environment.
Once on-site, the superstructure of each building can be erected in a matter of
days. It’s modern methods of construction with a natural, sustainable twist.
Taking sustainability to the community
For Greencore and its partners, however, the
sustainability focus doesn’t stop with the homes themselves. Back at Kings Farm
Close, developer Oxford Advanced Living (OAL) – with support from affordable
housing provider Sovereign – has made a concerted effort to build
sustainability into the very fabric of the community.
“A fifth of the site’s total area will be
shared green space,” says Martin Pike, director of OAL, “planted and managed
with native trees to support wildlife under a biodiversity plan. This project
has really allowed us to put into practice all our ideas and determination to
create a genuinely sustainable community in Oxfordshire.”
With 40% of the development given over to
affordable housing, Greencore and OAL are keen to champion a ‘sustainability
and quality for all’ approach to housebuilding.
“With these homes, the same high performance
standards are available to everyone, regardless of whether you’re renting or
buying a home,” says Martin. “We believe that all the residents will be able to
enjoy greener and healthier lifestyles at Kings Farm Close, and we intend to
work closely with them to help us with future projects.”
Alex Brooks, development manager at Sovereign,
agrees. “These new affordable homes will not only be great places to live,
they’ll also be good for the environment as well as keeping energy bills low
for residents. It’s really important that we build homes and invest in
communities that are fit for the future.”
Support from MPs
It’s an approach that hasn’t gone unnoticed in
political circles, either. In March this year, Ed Vaizey, the former culture
minister and MP for the Oxfordshire constituency of Wantage, took time out of
his schedule to visit Kings Farm Close and see the project first hand.
“The vast majority of new-build homes in the
UK are of bland design, poor build quality and lack basic sustainability
credentials,” he says. “Much of this is to do with national housebuilders
refusing to embrace new technologies and construction methods.
“The Kings Farm Close development, however, is
a shining example of forward-thinking, modern housebuilding from a team of
people who are clearly very committed to bringing sustainable living to
everyone – whether you own, part-own or rent your home.”
Recognition from sustainability leaders
In October 2018, Kings Farm Close was
recognised by sustainability charity Bioregional for its national leadership in
implementing One Planet Living, a comprehensive framework for planning, building
and managing greener communities.
Nicole Lazarus, head of Bioregional
Oxfordshire, praised the development, saying: “The Kings Farm Close team richly
deserve recognition for their leadership in creating the kind of sustainable
new housing we need so badly. We particularly love the natural materials used
in the build system and the high-quality indoor environment that they make
There’s a lot to be said for the power of
plant-based materials in construction. The fact is the more of these materials
we incorporate into buildings, the more carbon we lock up – plain and simple.
Recent industry data shows that the
construction of an average house produces 50 tonnes of CO2. On the
other hand, construction of a Greencore home, using the hemp-lime timber frame
panel system, produces very low or zero CO2 in the construction
With construction work at Kings Farm Close
expected to complete in the autumn of 2019, it won’t be long before the final
residents move in and the claim of ‘Oxfordshire’s most sustainable housing
development’ can be put to the test.
Last year, the number of people employed in
the British Armed Forces numbered nearly 150,000. Of those, over 80,000
employed in the British Army and over 30,000 in the Royal Navy.
However, over 14,000 people leave the military
every year. This has become somewhat of a blessing for the construction
industry, as it has created a sea of potential employees. Over 200,000 extra
workers are needed before 2020 and ex-military personnel have highly
transferrable skillsets and the potential to reach the top of the industry.
Ryan Latham, Senior Marketing Executive for 3B Training, has experienced firsthand how
businesses can benefit from hiring ex-military personnel.
as an industry is growing, but it’s also is experiencing a gap in skills. An
excellent way to fill in the hole for personnel with leadership, project
management and teamwork skills is to investigate the pool of military leavers
available. These transferable attributes are a valuable resource for the
construction industry to help bring in skilled young workers.
industries appear to ignore Armed Forces leavers as potential employees, so
much so that some leave their service history from their CV. Little do they
know that they are missing out on a range of positive personality traits such
as courage, discipline, selflessness and respect for others”.
Below, we take a closer look at what it’s like
working in the military, what motivates members of the Armed Forces and why
transitioning to a career in construction is the ideal next step for a leaver.
Life in the Armed Forces requires specific
demands that aren’t found in civilian jobs. When deployed, military personnel
can find themselves away from their families for long periods of time, often in
dangerous situations. Yet despite this, we found that the most common reasons
for military personnel to seek a new career path are down to more familiar
Job satisfaction — Only 55% of military personnel claimed they
were generally satisfied with their job.
Pay satisfaction — There has been a consistent
drop in pay satisfaction since 2010, with only 31% currently admitting to being
happy with their salary.
Life satisfaction — When questioning their
happiness and how worthwhile they feel the things they do in life are, at least
one in five members of the military rate them as low.
Since 2005, the Royal Marines have also seen a
large decrease in the levels of satisfaction with opportunities for
professional and personal development. It seems then, that much like civilian
jobs, careers in the military are more motivated by personal growth and
This has led to a staggering 42% of military
personnel actively searching for a new career outside of the Armed Forces over
the past 12 months.
Why choose construction?
The construction industry is currently
suffering from a skills shortage, resulting in a need for over 200,000 more
workers by 2020. According to the Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors (RICS),
the lack of skilled workers in the UK is the highest level since 2007, meaning
the government’s initiative to build 300,000 new homes each year looks
optimistic at best.
Former military personnel have a great
opportunity to fill the construction skills gap. There are many sectors in the
Armed Forces which provide their personnel with a number of highly
transferrable skills, whether that’s engineering, mechanics or electronic.
A number of companies recognise the potential
of military leavers and provide specialist training programmes to help them
adjust to civilian life and a new career in construction. There are specialist
courses available that provide Enhanced Learning Credits to enable lifelong
learning to ex-members of the military or those looking to leave. These credits
cover 80% of course fees and are available to anyone who has served a minimum
of 6 years.
Working in construction allows leavers to put
their experience to good use in a number of potential opportunities. The
industry is not only in desperate need of construction workers but also manager
positions, which is perfect for ex-officers who have experience leading teams
and getting results in difficult situations.
What makes ex-military personnel a
When working in the armed forces, you receive
a level of training that simply isn’t available in other career paths.
Regardless of their previous role, leavers are all highly disciplined and have
fantastic teamwork skills.
According to the Armed Forces
survey results, 82% agree that they have confidence in themselves as a team,
plus, 78% believe their team know exactly what their responsibilities are and
that their team can be relied upon to help when their job gets difficult. A
strong team that can work well together and keep their cool under pressure is
exactly what the construction industry needs.
Many working in the military are
proud of the work they do, with 50% of the Royal Marines claiming that their
service inspires them to do the best in their job. With the construction
industry looking for a dedicated new workforce, finding employees who take
pride in their work is crucial.
Leavers are not just job
applicants to the construction industry, they’re assets. Due to their
experiences in the Armed Forces, they can pick up skills much faster than most
people in civilian professions and can help quickly fill the large skills gap.
A team of highly trained, dedicated workers and authoritative, respected
managers is the solution the industry has been looking for.
Samantha Gregory, Training Coordinator at 3B Training
and former Vehicle Mechanic in the REME, knows firsthand what ex-military can
offer the construction industry.
“The work ethic for military leavers is
completely different from civilians. It is embedded in us to turn up on time (5
minutes before 5 minutes early) and to just get the job done.
Leavers are great at
working under pressure and are taught to work through problems ourselves and
come up with practical solutions. They can work with anyone and take
Plus, if you’re looking for a manager you’re
in the right place, as working in the Armed Forces gives leavers some of the
best training in some of the worst environments”.
Constructors Scheme recognises highest-performing construction sites with top
United Kingdom and Ireland, 15
April 2019: The winners of the best performing
construction sites across the UK and Ireland have been crowned with the
industry’s highest accolade of ‘Considerate Constructors Scheme, Most
Considerate Site 2019′ at ceremonies across the country.
The 2019 winners of this
prestigious title are:
Carlisle Gas Holder Demolition
Project – Northern Gas Networks (project value under £500k)
Threadneedle Property Investments – Overbury plc (project value £500k to
Camden FRA Works – Mulalley (project value £1m to <£5m)
Centre, Rotherham – Willmott Dixon Construction (project value £5m to
Woodmansterne Secondary School
– Willmott Dixon Construction (project value £10m to <£50m)
Blackfriars – St George City Ltd (project value £50m and
The glamorous awards
ceremonies welcomed thousands of guests and took place at iconic venues in
Edinburgh, London and Manchester from 25 March – 12 April.
The Considerate Constructors
Scheme National Site Awards recognise the highest-performing construction sites
against the Scheme’s Code
of Considerate Practice which monitors how considerate the site is being
towards their local community, environment and workforce.
This year’s awards were for
registered sites that completed in 2018. Sites were eligible to win the ‘Most
Considerate Site’ within the following six ‘project value bands’: Under £500k;
£500k to <£1m; £1m to <£5m; £5m to <£10m; £10m to <£50m; and £50m
The Scheme presented only 764
National Site Awards from a total of over 6700 eligible sites. In addition to
the six Most Considerate Site Award winners, there were 336 Bronze, 252 Silver
and 152 Gold, as well as 18 Most Considerate Site Runners-Up.
For the second year running, Ultra Sites, the
Scheme’s highest attainment of registration, were also recognised for their
outstanding commitment in collaborating with their supply chains, during the
awards ceremonies. The highest performing Ultra Sites and their supply chain
partners will receive recognition and a separate awards ceremony held in July.
Scheme Chief Executive Edward Hardy said: “Congratulations to all the 2019
National Site Award winners. Each award winning site should be extremely proud
of receiving this prestigious industry accolade, which recognises their
invaluable contribution to improving the image of construction.
“Special congratulations must
go to the highest performing construction sites winning the coveted title of
‘Most Considerate Site 2019′, which represent the very best of the construction
industry in how they have raised their standards of considerate construction to
the highest levels.
“Year-on-year, the Scheme
places a higher level of expectation for the 7000 plus construction sites
typically registered with the Scheme at any time. We work with sites to
push the boundaries of what is achievable and this year’s accomplishments by
sites have certainly not disappointed, with over 764 sites receiving National
Site Award recognition.
“We are always amazed by the
increasing levels of performance on site across the country, and we look
forward to performance continuing to increase through next year and beyond.”
All award winners are
available to view on the Construction Map here.
Recording data on all
workplace incidents and near misses, from seemingly insignificant events to
serious injury, is essential for all organisations. Whilst some may deem it
unnecessary or tedious to report every minor accident in the workplace, such as
an employee tripping or narrowly avoiding injury caused by faulty equipment,
recording these instances can be an effective strategy to prevent major
incidents from occurring in the future.
The Reporting of Injuries, Diseases and Dangerous Occurrences Regulations
(RIDDOR) requires employers to report and keep records of incidents on site
from ‘dangerous occurrences’ that include near-misses, to work-related
accidents that cause death. However, there are a number of other types of
incidents that are not required to be reported under RIDDOR that could be key
to mitigating dangerous events.
For example, small fires on construction sites are not legally required to be
reported, but this has led to a significant number of fires being underreported
and a subsequent data void. With an industry-wide lack of data for near-misses
and fires, there is no way to analyse why these instances might be occurring in
the first place and put mitigation efforts in place to prevent them and more
catastrophic occurrences in the future. As a result, there has been a notable
rise in the number of devastating fires on construction sites, such as the
recent Belfast Bank Primark fire, or Glasgow School of Art which has caught
fire twice in the last four years.
Although reporting near miss incidents such as small fires is not required
under RIDDOR, there is a growing data gap forming which is impeding efforts to
manage and mitigate risk. Reporting minor incidents can help to identify
patterns within a business that may be as a result of health and safety
procedures being ignored or the early stages of faulty machinery, for example.
Is the same machine frequently leaking water? Are minor incidents happening in
the same area? Are the incidents occurring within the same department or is
there a trend in when the incidents occur? Without capturing this data, there
is no way to analyse and identify the root cause.
For example, reporting a small water leak could seem trivial, but if it is left
unaddressed it could cause an employee to slip and injure themselves, or it
could be the first sign of an equipment malfunction. The ramifications of these
examples could be significant – the employee may need time off work due to
injury, or the equipment malfunction could result in product loss or the
machine needing to be shut down for a length of time for a fix to be performed.
If the water leak had been reported when it was first spotted, the cause could
have been identified and rectified quickly, avoiding an ongoing slip hazard and
if a fix was required, preventing the faulty machine getting any worse.
Recording incidents of this type could also highlight similar faults with other
machinery which may not have been previously identified.
It is crucial that a
culture of reporting every incident is encouraged, to identify safety system
weaknesses and put in place proactive measures to prevent these minor incidents
becoming major catastrophes. So how can organisations make safety reporting
part of the workforce’s everyday role? Streamlined apps
integrated into smartphone handsets are one way to address the problem. If the
workforce can quickly
and easily document incidents – no matter how small – and escalate this to the
incidents can not only be addressed quickly but the level of underreporting can
also be reduced.
professionals shared best practice in sound insulation testing at a workshop
organised by the Association of Noise Consultants (ANC).
Almost 100 testers from ANC member companies attended the event, held
ANC launched their Approved Document E Registration Scheme in 2003 to provide
independent verification of pre-completion sound insulation testing.
then the scheme has gone from strength-to-strength, recording over 450,000
tests over the years.
figures reveal a pass rate of 97.4 per cent from approximately 30,000 tests
carried out in 2018.
of this success stems from the commitment of ANC testers to share experiences
gained across the industry.
Saunders, Chairman of the ANC, said: “What makes the difference with the
Association’s registration scheme is the fact that it enables the building
industry to tap into the expertise of 300 registered testers, all qualified in
acoustics, who are able to deliver the Approved Document E testing nationwide.
means the testing service comes with reassurance of consultancy advice from
member firms, backed up by the know-how of some of the most highly qualified
and experienced acoustic experts in the country.
workshop provided a very useful opportunity to continue to drive forward best
practice and keep the scheme in pole position within the housebuilding sector.
number of successful projects and the results achieved to date is testimony to the
scheme’s ability to deliver compliance in this important area.
particularly important when you consider these tests come at the end of the
construction phase and getting it wrong and then having to address the issue
can be a very costly process.”