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CISRS CPD: One month on

Following its launch on 1 July 2017, CISRS Continuing Professional Development (CPD) training has got off to a flying start. With the help of four accredited training providers – LTC Training Services Ltd, National Construction College, Safety and Access Ltd and Simian Skill Ltd – six funded courses were offered across the UK at centres located at Inchinnan (near Glasgow), Immingham, Warrington, Bircham Newton, Erith, and Plymouth. 

Places were offered free of charge on a ‘first come, first served basis’ to scaffolders and advanced scaffolders who need to renew their CISRS cards before the end of this year, and around 70 operatives snapped up the places.

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Oldham Sixth Form College arrayed with new carpet

Students and staff at Oldham Sixth Form College will reap the benefits of Array carpet tiles from Heckmondwike’s Creative Range in its Student Support Hub.

750m2 of Array carpet tiles in Purple were chosen, due to their aesthetics and durability.

Jeremy Broadhead, Commercial Manager at Heckmondwike, explains: “Array was a great choice by Oldham Sixth Form College. It’s a really hardwearing carpet that is suitable for heavy traffic areas and will retain its attractive appearance for many years to come.”

David Crossland, Facilities Manager at Oldham College, said: “We were looking for an affordable tile, with a ‘designer feel,’ that had good aesthetics but would also be very hardwearing.  We chose black as a robust, neutral shade and are really pleased with the result!”

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NASC launches TG20:13 eGuide - Version 1.2

The NASC is pleased to announce the availability of version 1.2 of the TG20:13 eGuide, released in July 2017. 

This update incorporates a number of enhancements and is supplied as a free upgrade to registered users of the TG20:13 eGuide on Windows, Mac and Android computers and devices.

The upgrade is available as a download from the NASC website or, for the Windows and Mac versions, as a CD available on request from the NASC.

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Heckmondwike offers complete flooring solution for care & sheltered housing

Heckmondwike, one of the UK’s leading fibre bonded carpet and carpet tile manufacturers, is now offering a complete solution for the care sector through its Pure Care and Total Care ranges.

Pure Care and Total Care are ideally suited to healthcare environments or sheltered housing, whether that be in communal areas, corridors or bedrooms. Available in different pile weights, both types of carpet feature a fully impervious backing, are highly resistant to staining and bleach and are extremely durable. They are also manufactured to meet all relevant flammability tests. Available in four metre widths, these carpets are very easy to fit and offer low installation costs. They also offer antistatic properties.

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Asta Powerproject gains enhanced BIM features to for 4D planning

Elecosoft has launched a new version of its flagship construction project management solution, Asta Powerproject. Based on user experience and input from construction industry experts, Asta Powerproject v14.0.03 delivers significantly new and enhanced features aimed at supporting the growing need for 4D BIM for project planners. 

With the integrated BIM module in Asta Powerproject users can combine 3D BIM models with the project activity scheduling data in a seamless application to deliver a 4D time sequence. Used in conjunction with Bidcon, Elecosoft’s cost estimation solution, this version of Asta Powerproject also delivers powerful 5D project planning that enables users to plan and track BIM project costings.

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Birmingham showcase for monitoring kit used at Dublin hospital site

Campbell Associates – the industry-leading suppliers of automated and cloud-based noise, vibration and dust (NVD) monitoring systems – will be demonstrating the full scope of their impressive product range from 10-12 October at UK Construction Week’s Civils Expo in Birmingham. Innovative systems from manufacturers AVA, Aeroqual, Sonitus and Norsonic will be on show.

These state-of-the-art environmental noise, vibration and dust monitoring kits utilise new technology with full automation, remote control via a five-month battery and access to real time data via the cloud to deliver maximum flexibility for all applications. They can also be tailor made to suit individual projects.The equipment supplied by Campbell Associates is robust, weatherproof, easily installed and cost effective.

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Up, up and away! New ride expands families’ experience of thrill rides

This summer Woodlands Family Theme Park in Devon has issued a challenge to its visitors – if they choose to accept! The challenge is a brand new ride unlike any other the park has offered to its many visitors: Vertigo.

Imported from Italy, the ride involves riders blasting into the sky while spinning out of control with their hands in the air. It is a variation of the Spring Ride 12 Rotation ride from Moser Rides of Mantua. The ride has a circular gondola with 12 seats and a rotating tower.

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NASC Health & Safety Technical Guidance titles now free to download

With immediate effect all NASC Health & Safety and Technical guidance titles, other than pocket guides and the TG20 suite of publications, will be available to download free of charge from the NASC website.

The National Access and Scaffolding Confederation publishes a comprehensive and expanding range of industry guidance titles, all of which are regularly reviewed and updated by its Health & Safety and Technical committees.

Copies of these titles have always been available to purchase in hard copy format from the NASC website www.nasc.org.uk.

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Safety equipment and the importance of staff training

Installing safety eyewash stations and emergency showers in your workplace is essential if you work with hazardous substances - but installation is only part of the story. If your staff don’t know how to properly use the equipment, then it’s as good as useless.

Unfortunately, workplaces can be dangerous - but proper emergency equipment training can help safeguard against employee injury and subsequent lost working days. In this article, we’ll discuss some of the best practices surrounding emergency equipment training; but first, let’s take a look at what the ANSI regulations say on the matter.

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Galvanised steel - complete rainwater and eaves solution

Rainclear Systems, the UK’s leading stockist and online retailer of metal rainwater systems developed a fascia & soffit system to match their popular rainwater system in colour coated galvanised steel to bring you the complete solution for your roofline/eaves.

Whether you are a seasoned developer or are building or refurbishing your dream home, you want the longest-lasting, smartest-looking, easiest-to- install, highest quality roofline system for your money – and this one is designed to meet all those expectations!

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Don’t ‘Go Compare’, Go Mick George

While the need for ‘Insurance’ hasn’t changed over the years, the way in which it’s presented to us as consumers, and how we go about shopping for it, certainly has.

Gone are the days where we are reliant on a handful of players that dominate the market, where we know exactly where we stand and what we’re getting. Nowadays, it’s a whole different ‘ball-game’.

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