Gully Howard Technical https://www.ghtechnical.com Full Spectrum Surveying Services And Training Providers Fri, 14 Dec 2018 10:45:34 +0000 en-GB hourly 1 Seal of Quality: Don’t Take Our Word For It https://www.ghtechnical.com/citb_ato/ Mon, 03 Dec 2018 10:40:24 +0000 https://www.ghtechnical.com/?p=5744 Accreditation badges exist to offer quality assurance to people consider using a company’s services. However, it can sometimes be confusing to know which ones to look out for, especially when an accrediting body can themselves sometimes be passing on the

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Accreditation badges exist to offer quality assurance to people consider using a company’s services. However, it can sometimes be confusing to know which ones to look out for, especially when an accrediting body can themselves sometimes be passing on the standards they receive from another accrediting body.

So when it comes to asbestos training, what is the seal you should be looking for?

As of 2017, the overarching standard for any organisation offering construction industry training is to be a CITB Approved Training Organisation.

A training company can become an ATO either by directly applying or by membership and adherence to the standards of an accrediting body who are themselves an ATO.

This scheme has been introduced, in the words of CITB: “to bring greater standardisation to industry training and increase the transferability of skills between employers”.

At Gully Howard Technical, we are proud of our status as an Approved Training Organisation which assures our delegates that the training they receive from us will be relevant and useful wherever they take it in the industry.

Being an ATO means that we offer both recognised and assured training course which are designed and delivered to a high quality. Many of our courses are eligible for CITB grant funding.

Our courses represent the variety of requirements for asbestos awareness in the construction industry, from our 1 hour online Asbestos Awareness course to our 3 day BOHS Surveying and Sampling Strategies course.

Any accreditation rests on a consistent demonstration of quality and customer satisfaction. These are the standards we strive for, and our CITB approved status is as much a reflection of this as the trust and regard of our customers who recommend us to others.

We are also listed by the IATP as a training provider that has evidenced our compliance with regulations and been independently audited.

To find out more about our courses, visit our website  or eLearning portal

 

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Faces of the Industry (FAAM Conference 2018) https://www.ghtechnical.com/faces-of-the-industry-faam-conference-2018/ Thu, 29 Nov 2018 20:41:25 +0000 https://www.ghtechnical.com/?p=5740 Perhaps this isn’t something I should admit, but I always look forward to industry conferences. It’s not just that they are an excellent opportunity to learn and develop oneself professionally. For me, the best part is getting a chance to

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Perhaps this isn’t something I should admit, but I always look forward to industry conferences. It’s not just that they are an excellent opportunity to learn and develop oneself professionally. For me, the best part is getting a chance to see the human face of an industry. I am, after all, a person, so it’s edifying to be reminded that behind every report that gets issued, every tender that’s written, every structure that goes up or comes down, are people like me.

The FAAM Conference 2018 was a particularly rich opportunity, and a cause for some pride for us as our own MD Jonathan Grant is a member of both the BOHS and FAAM boards. All of us agreed that speaking to industry experts and attending the talks gave us a renewed sense of conviction about what we do.

Asbestos

There were many reminders that whilst it’s easy to suppose that commercial asbestos use is a historical issue, it continues to be relevant today. True, this is not on the same scale as in the past. Yet it is widely agreed that there is no ‘safe’ level of exposure to asbestos. Therefore, it remains a serious concern.

Many of us remember those children’s spy kits that had the sunglasses with a small mirror so you could see the sinister counter-agents following you (or, more likely, your brother pulling faces at you behind your back). What it didn’t help you see was the potential danger inside the kit itself – namely the asbestos fibres in the fingerprint kit.

Asbestos Fibres

However, in a presentation from David de Vreede – Chairman to the Center of Expertise for Asbestos & Fibres – we learned that asbestos is still being found today in a range of products from crayons to make-up kits. Many of these products were marketed to children. Anyone who has seen children playing with makeup will not doubt the very real possibility of fibre release in these circumstances.

Yet getting product safety oversight bodies to acknowledge this risk has, at times, been an uphill struggle. It is largely down to the initiative and robust investigation of concerned experts that this issue is now being taken more seriously, though there is still work to be done.

Medical breakthrough

More encouraging, however, was the sense of the sheer volume of expertise filling the sails of the asbestos management industry. Particularly inspiring was a presentation by Dr John Moore-Gillon who spoke of emerging treatments for mesothelioma, and Mavis Nye, whose own treatment for mesothelioma represents a huge positive step.

Indeed, it’s listening to people who have been affected by asbestos-related disease, either directly or indirectly, which especially inspires us to strive to do well in our work. Preventing asbestos exposure isn’t like pulling a drowning person from the sea; you’ll probably never meet the person whose life you’ve saved. But in thirty years time, when the number of asbestos-related deaths is on the wane, we’ll know that it’s because of the people behind those reports, surveys, analyses and works. People like us.

Author: Oliver Lea, Asbestos Analyst

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ANNOUNCEMENT: BOHS launches bespoke asbestos refresher training courses https://www.ghtechnical.com/announcement-bohs-launches-bespoke-asbestos-refresher-training-courses/ Mon, 05 Nov 2018 08:27:13 +0000 https://www.ghtechnical.com/?p=5735 British Occupational Hygiene Society (BOHS), the Chartered Society for Worker Health Protection, has revised and re-launched its asbestos refresher courses series. The new RP402 (asbestos surveying refresher course) was made available on 31 October, with RP404 (asbestos site clearance analysis)

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British Occupational Hygiene Society (BOHS), the Chartered Society for Worker Health Protection, has revised and re-launched its asbestos refresher courses series.

The new RP402 (asbestos surveying refresher course) was made available on 31 October, with RP404 (asbestos site clearance analysis) and RP405 (asbestos management) following close behind in November 2018.

The refresher courses, which were initially launched in October 2016, have been revised in response to feedback from training providers and candidates. The examination element has been removed from these courses as there was concern among candidates about failing the exam and what this would mean for their employability. Instead, tutors will conduct an informal assessment to test the candidate’s learning and to establish any additional teaching required.

Additionally, the format of the syllabus has now been changed to include a list of compulsory and optional topics that the tutor can choose to teach on to suit the needs of their individual candidates. Compulsory topics will include items such as legislative changes in the last 12 months and material/priority assessments.

BOHS refresher courses are one-day training sessions that are delivered by BOHS’ Approved Training Providers. The courses are supported by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) and United Kingdom Accreditation Service (UKAS), and comply with the requirements outlined in the Control of Asbestos Regulations (CAR) 2012 for asbestos practitioners to undertake annual refresher training for licensed and non-licensed work.

The HSE has recently announced that it will target construction firms across Great Britain to review measures taken by businesses to protect their workers’ health. Its campaigns such as Go Home Healthy and Dustbuster raise awareness of the importance of looking after personnel. One way to ensure workers are protected is to ensure they have refreshed their training. It is recommended by the HSE that licensed and non-licensed asbestos workers refresh their training regularly, in case of changes to legislation and procedures. Workplaces could be investigated by the HSE if there is a lack of evidence to show that staff have completed refresher training.

Without being aware of the latest legislation and procedures, workers could be exposing themselves to respiratory cancers including lung cancer and mesothelioma. These are long-latency diseases where symptoms manifest many years after initial exposure to substances. According to the HSE, asbestos still kills around 5,000 workers each year and around 20 tradesmen die each week as a result of past exposure.

Speaking about the launch of the revised refresher training courses, Jonathan Grant, Director of Gully Howard and a member of the BOHS Faculty of Asbestos and Assessment Management (FAAM) Board commented, “As a training provider, I’m really looking forward to delivering courses that can be tailored to fit the needs of the audience. For some people, it may have been years since they completed their P-module training – the refresher courses are a fantastic way to make sure that you are up to date with all recent developments and current legislation. If you are a FAAM member and unsure about continuing professional development (CPD), the refresher courses are a great way to earn CPD points and ensure that you are up to date with developments in the profession”…

BOHS Chief Examiner, Colette Willoughby, states, “Refresher training provides the ideal opportunity to brush up on those areas which candidates encounter infrequently and as a result, can become ‘rusty’. The environment will also be invaluable in allowing the sharing of experiences to further enhance the knowledge and learning of each candidate”. Echoing Colette, John Lyons, BOHS Technical Advisor states, “The new-style asbestos refreshers will provide a much-needed update and technical support to many working in the asbestos industry. This bespoke approach with no formal examination should make these courses a very popular way to update knowledge of all those working within the asbestos industry”.

Benefits of the course

At-a-glance, the course benefits include:

  • Every attendee will receive a BOHS-branded certificate to confirm their attendance – we are the “quality stamp” for asbestos training courses
  • Training takes no longer than a day and approximately, half a day for more experienced professionals
  • Learning is adapted to suit your specific training needs, covering areas you find the most challenging and helping you improve your skills in the workplace
  • Experienced training providers with years of hands-on experience in the asbestos industry will deliver this course. In-house training may be an option if your organisation has a number of professionals who require refresher training
  • Other companies may only offer asbestos awareness refresher training. However, our refresher courses delve into details on the practitioner’s role to help them refresh on their day-to-day tasks, as well as refreshing on the theoretical learning of asbestos

 

To book an asbestos refresher training course, follow this link: Refresher courses

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CITB ASBESTOS TRAINING: Did you know…… https://www.ghtechnical.com/citb-asbestos-training-did-you-know/ Tue, 24 Jul 2018 10:34:12 +0000 https://www.ghtechnical.com/?p=5723 I (Kirsty Phillips, Training Manager) have been speaking with lots of professionals in the training and asbestos space and there seems to be a huge amount of confusion over who is APPROVED, RECOGNISED, ASSURED and what this means. Recently, I

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I (Kirsty Phillips, Training Manager) have been speaking with lots of professionals in the training and asbestos space and there seems to be a huge amount of confusion over who is APPROVED, RECOGNISED, ASSURED and what this means.

Recently, I was fortunate enough to attend a meeting where a CITB employee had been invited to explain what all of this means…

CITB ASBESTOS TRAINING: Did you know......

What does this mean?!

Anyone can apply to become an ATO (Approved Training Organisation) by submitting an application to the CITB.

After this, the courses you deliver will fall under 2 categories:

ASSURED:

  • Individual Approved Training Organisations (ATOs) can apply to deliver against any of these standards. You will need to complete a self-assessment form showing how your course meets the standard.
  • Once approved, you can advertise your courses on the Construction Training Directory and enter learners’ achievements on the Construction Training Register.
  • Our Quality Assurance team will work with providers of Assured courses to ensure the quality of delivery.

RECOGNISED:

  • We recognise that there is an existing product (or products) that meet the standard and is widely accepted by industry.
  • A good example of ‘Recognised’ standards are the various CISRS scaffolding courses that are industry accepts as the standard which courses must reach.
  • For Recognised standards, ATOs will need to be an approved centre for the relevant body (in this example, an approved CISRS training provider), and we would not require the ATO to go through the self-assessment process.

What does this mean for Asbestos Training Providers/Awarding Bodies?

Right now, there are NO RECOGNISED providers or awarding bodies for ASBESTOStraining

Organisations such as BOHSIATP etc will have to go through a process with the IATP to achieve this status. This process is still in its infancy as standards are still being defined. Therefor, if you deliver an accredited asbestos course, to do this as an ATO for the CITB, you will need to achieve ‘ASSURED‘ status by having the course vetted by the CITB at a cost of £750 (This is a one off fee for all non assured courses to be reviewed and approved).

Currently, every individual organisation has to do this irrespective of who the awarding body is.

I know that various bodies are working with the CITB on achieving a process so that they can become RECOGNISED which will hopefully mean their members will no longer have to pay the £750.

CITB are looking for input from a variety of awarding bodies in the asbestos industry to collaborate and ensure that they maintain their high standards of training for the construction industry. They are having a working group meeting hosted by ARMI in September (The 26th I believe..) where I understand representatives from many organisations that include IATP & BOHS are invited to support the CITB in developing this element of the new and improved model regarding asbestos training.

I hope this helps those who are confused about who they can go to for accredited, quality ASBESTOS training! Gully Howard Technical deliver Asbestos training both face to face and online from awareness to asbestos sampling, management, surveying and more. Find out more HERE. We are an approved training organisation for the CITB and currently are able to deliver CCHRC (controlling health risks in construction). besides this, we are also in the process of becoming ‘ASSURED’ so you can have that extra confidence in the level of training we can provide.

Gully Howard Technical are accredited by BOHS & the IATP, both excellent and credible organisations that are made up of thought leaders and industry experts in these fields, including our very own CEO, Jonathan Grant who is an elected council member of BOHS (British Occupational Hygiene Society) and sits on the board for FAAM (Faculty of asbestos assessment and management).

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Faculty of Asbestos Assessment and Management (FAAM) Conference 2018 https://www.ghtechnical.com/faam-conference-2018/ Wed, 04 Jul 2018 09:24:34 +0000 https://www.ghtechnical.com/?p=5716 2018 will see the first conference organised by the Faculty of Asbestos Assessment and Management (FAAM), which will see a combination of plenary sessions, technical sessions and workshops. Gully Howard Technical’s CEO, Jonathan Grant shall be in attendance in his

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Faculty of Asbestos Assessment and Management (FAAM) Conference 2018

2018 will see the first conference organised by the Faculty of Asbestos Assessment and Management (FAAM), which will see a combination of plenary sessions, technical sessions and workshops. Gully Howard Technical’s CEO, Jonathan Grant shall be in attendance in his capacity as FAAM representative.

The conference will bring together researchers, practitioners and regulators, and other experts to discuss the latest developments in asbestos assessment, management and control.

The three key topic areas will be: Asbestos-related diseases, current understanding and advances in their treatment; Methods of analysis for asbestos: roles and limitations; Asbestos management and control.

Whilst FAAM is building a programme based on these three topic areas, abstracts are invited for any aspect of asbestos.

For more information about exhibition and sponsorship opportunities or if you have any other questions about the event please email conferences@bohs.org

To register for the conference or submit your abstract visit www.bohs.org/conferences-events/

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Systems Administrator https://www.ghtechnical.com/systems-administrator/ Wed, 06 Jun 2018 13:38:20 +0000 https://www.ghtechnical.com/?p=5703 Job Title Systems Administrator – Office based Hours: Full time Location Portsmouth, PO1 3EY Reports To The IT support Technician will report to the IT Director working closely with the rest of the IT team. Job Overview We are seeking

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Job Title

Systems Administrator – Office based

Hours: Full time

Location

Portsmouth, PO1 3EY

Reports To

The IT support Technician will report to the IT Director working closely with the rest of the IT team.

Job Overview

We are seeking an IT professional to join our IT team in this wide and varying role. You will be a key part of the team in supporting the rest of the business in their day to day roles as well as getting involved in project work.

Gully Howard Technical are evolving at a rapid rate and to ensure that we keep up to date with market and technological trends we need you to help us.

There are plenty of opportunities to develop professionally within the company should you want to expand your skills and qualifications portfolio.

If variety is a key motivator for you then read on!

Responsibilities and Duties

  • Desktop/Mobile/Tablet administration
  • 1st & 2nd line support responsibilities & helpdesk
  • Server administration & maintenance
  • Manage, triage and escalate tickets – open source ticketing system
  • Manage weekly tape rotation
  • Implement server best practices
  • Switch maintenance and installation
  • Network infrastructure administration & maintenance
  • Setting up and provisioning new IT equipment (whenever necessary)
  • Management of wireless networks and assistance in connecting BYOD user devices
  • Managing Windows Updates and strategically installing via WSUS
  • Providing remote support for tablet, mobile phone and PC users offsite
  • Any other reasonable duties expected of by the IT Team

Desirable experience or an interest into developing expertise in any or all of the following areas:

  • Implementing server best practices
  • Hyper-V & VMware virtualisation
  • Maintenance of and server backup using VEEAM & tapes
  • Experience of SCCM
  • Linux experience
  • Active Directory & Group Policy
  • Microsoft server operating systems
  • Microsoft Exchange
  • Microsoft Dynamics CRM & SharePoint
  • PowerShell command line and scripting

Qualifications

This list is desirable, but if you can demonstrate experience without these you will be considered.

  • CCNA or CCNP
  • Microsoft-related certifications (MCSE / MCSA)
  • IT related degree with relevant industry experience

Person specification

  • Able to work on own initiative
  • Able to engage with staff across the business at all levels both on and off site
  • Able to work effectively under pressure
  • Good written English skills
  • Good communication skills
  • Excellent problem-solving skills
  • Flexibility for out of hours/on call requirements on an ad-hoc basis as required

The Company

Gully Howard Technical support diversity in all its forms and are committed to continuous professional development of our staff.

We have been established for over 10 years as Experts in Asbestos, Air Monitoring, Material Analysis, Energy Surveying, Stock Condition Surveys, Occupational Hygiene, Quality Management, Business Consultancy, Thermography and Training both face to face and via E-learning. We pride ourselves on taking care of our staff and ensuring continuous professional development. We have a low turnover of staff with staff on average staying with us for a minimum of 5 years.

“Gully Howard Technical are a great company to work for. When I first started and everything was new, I was given endless support and training”

“The environment is so different to my previous employer. I feel I am being rewarded daily for the effort I put into my job”

“Everyone works really hard and there’s a really friendly feel to the place”

Please email a CV and covering letter to: work@ghtechnical.com

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https://www.ghtechnical.com/5389-2/ Tue, 16 Jan 2018 16:59:25 +0000 http://www.ghtechnical.com/?p=5389 Find out how asbestos can effect ordinary people Asbestos can cause the following fatal and serious diseases: Mesothelioma, Asbestosis, Asbestos-related lung cancer and Pleural thickening. Find out more about the devistating impact that asbestos can have on health and the

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Find out how asbestos can effect ordinary people

Asbestos can cause the following fatal and serious diseases:

Mesothelioma, Asbestosis, Asbestos-related lung cancer and Pleural thickening.

Find out more about the devistating impact that asbestos can have on health and the inspirational story of Mavis Nye, founder of the Mavis Nye Foundation.

The Foundation was established by mesothelioma campaigner and survivor Mavis Nye. The aim is to support individuals affected by asbestos related cancer and raise funds for mesothelioma research.

https://www.mavisnyefoundation.com/

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https://www.ghtechnical.com/5387-2/ Tue, 16 Jan 2018 16:54:23 +0000 http://www.ghtechnical.com/?p=5387 Every week approximately 20 tradesmen die from asbestos-related disease If you carry out work on a building that was built or refurbished before the year 2000, you could have been exposed to asbestos Asbestos-related diseases kill more people than any

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Every week approximately 20 tradesmen die from asbestos-related disease

If you carry out work on a building that was built or refurbished before the year 2000, you could have been exposed to asbestos

Asbestos-related diseases kill more people than any other single work related illness

Asbestos-related diseases can take 15-60 years to develop

Asbestos-related diseases are currently responsible for more than 4500 deaths a year in the UK and the number is still rising

Asbestos containing materials (ACMs) in good condition and left undisturbed cannot cause ill-health

The greater the disturbance of ACMs and the longer the duration, the greater the risk to health

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https://www.ghtechnical.com/5385-2/ Tue, 16 Jan 2018 16:53:30 +0000 http://www.ghtechnical.com/?p=5385 Having awareness of asbestos related illnesses can help to understand the dangers of exposure; not to scare you but to help you avoid any unnecessary risks of exposure .With the right knowledge asbestos can be managed safely for long periods

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Having awareness of asbestos related illnesses can help to understand the dangers of exposure; not to scare you but to help you avoid any unnecessary risks of exposure .With the right knowledge asbestos can be managed safely for long periods of time. When the time comes it can be safely removed by licensed asbestos professionals.

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https://www.ghtechnical.com/5383-2/ Tue, 16 Jan 2018 16:53:04 +0000 http://www.ghtechnical.com/?p=5383 Asbestos is a natural fibre that was used in tiles, glue, walls, floors, ceilings, insulation and more! It has the potential to cause a range of serious and fatal diseases when materials containing asbestos are disturbed or damaged. So whether

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Asbestos is a natural fibre that was used in tiles, glue, walls, floors, ceilings, insulation and more! It has the potential to cause a range of serious and fatal diseases when materials containing asbestos are disturbed or damaged. So whether replacing guttering, pinning a picture to a wall or scraping aertex from a ceiling, you should know how best to proceed should you identify a potential hazard.

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