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PASMA training continues during pandemic

As restrictions start to ease across the UK, employers are being reassured that PASMA training is safe to do and widely available. If cards have lapsed over lockdown or new workers are using scaffold towers without one, now is the time to book them on a course. 

As we strive for normality, tower safety remains as important as ever.

No one wants their worker to become a Health and Safety Executive (HSE) statistic. But every single day in Britain last year, an estimated 99 people suffered non-fatal falls from height at work, resulting in the loss of around 572,000 working days (Labour Force Survey 2019/20). On top of that, 29 people sadly died, making falls from height the leading cause of workplace fatalities (RIDDOR 2019/20).

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College training to help the trades

Dundee and Angus College is proud to be at the heart of the local economic recovery helping people retrain or upskill to secure employment. If you work in certain industries, are currently under threat of redundancy, or have been made redundant at any time from 1 March 2020 and are aged 25 or over, you can access an industry recognised qualification.

New energy efficiency training funding has been made available for people living in Scotland who have lost their jobs as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. The Energy Skills Partnership (ESP) has distributed funding through the National Transition Training Fund (NTTF) to colleges across Scotland to allow them to upskill tradespeople. Supported by the Scottish Funding Council and the Scottish Government, the NTTF funding will offer training opportunities in areas with the potential for growth in the labour market.  

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Covid-related supply issues? Clark-Drain customers are at lower risk

It’s no secret that the combination of Covid and Brexit is creating supply chain issues that are affecting the availability and price of some building and drainage materials and products.

We have not been immune to this. The challenging cocktail of a surge in demand and difficult supply conditions resulted in low stock levels, and temporarily suspended our manufacturing activity (although we have kept our sales operations open throughout!) Plus, the need to create a Covid-safe working environment for our people, through social distancing, staggered shift patterns, and machine relocation, has added to the general disruption.

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New Adjustable Offset added to the Galvanised Steel Range

Rainclear Systems, the UK’s leading stockist and online retailer of metal rainwater systems has introduced a NEW 2-part, adjustable offset to the Infinity Galvanised Steel and Colour Coated Galvanised Steel range available to buy online at www.rainclear.co.uk.

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Environmental hazard monitoring expert Casella announces 2021 webinar series

Global occupational health and workplace hazard monitoring expert Casella has announced its schedule of industry leading webinars for 2021. The schedule of free to attend, virtually accessible webinars covers Casella’s areas of core competency, including workplace monitoring for dust, gas and vapour hazards, as well as instrumentation usage and best practice. The sessions will also cover monitoring for Hand Arm Vibration (HAV) and sampling for asbestos. In order to reach worldwide attendees, two sessions will be run on each date, with one taking place at 10am and a later session at 3pm to ensure learners across multiple time zones can benefit. Each webinar will conclude with a Q&A session to recap. 

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