Firms encouraged to take on an apprentice this GCSE results day

On this GCSE results day, leading workplace audit and contract solutions provider, Hudson Contract has teamed up with firms Matthews & Leigh Civil Engineering and H&L Construction Solutions Limited to encourage construction companies to offer school leavers an Apprenticeship.

Matthews & Leigh in Chorley and H&L Construction Solutions in West Wycombe both employed an apprentice 12 months ago with full sponsorship from Hudson Contract through its 20th anniversary scholarship scheme.

Jordan Goulding (19) studied at level 2 Apprenticeship in Construction Operations at Preston College and Matthews & Leigh, and is now fully qualified. He has learned crucial skills to further his career in the construction industry, including laying drainage for housing and concreting. While Joe Lafbery (22) is completing an Apprenticeship with H&L Construction Solutions, assisting an experienced carpenter and studying at Oaklands College in St Albans.

Joe said: “I am really enjoying my Apprenticeship. I see no better industry than construction in terms of the different paths it can lead you down; after all, we will never stop building. At a young age, you may not know where to turn career wise, but you cannot go wrong getting into the building game with a trade behind you. I was always told that and I will relay it on to anyone coming of age.”

Keith Rea, Construction Training Manager at Matthews & Leigh said: “Bringing in apprentices is good for the progression of the company. Having young blood and being able to train them how we want to is important in order to build a sustainable company. For apprentices, construction is a great opportunity as it gives them the chance to work as a team and develop new skills and relationships which will help them in future life and building a career for themselves.”

Lee Casey, Managing Director at H&L Construction Solutions, said: “Joe was one of the first apprentices we have ever taken on. We’re a young company but really want to support young people who will play an important part in growing our business. We’re really pleased with the work that Joe has done with us and he’s become an integral part of our team here at H&L Construction Solutions.”

David Jackson, Founder and Chairman of Hudson Contract added: “With a lifetime of working in construction, I remain passionate about championing our industry as a great place to work and doing everything I can to make it a profession of choice for young people today.

“Apprenticeships are crucial to enticing new talent into the industry because they provide the perfect environment for people to kick-start their careers. The combination of practical guidance and on-the-job training from employers and the skills learned at college, give apprentices a solid foundation for working in the trades. I’d encourage companies across the country to consider hiring an apprentice and young school leavers to look to the industry for their career.”

For further information about Hudson Contract’s Apprenticeship Scheme go to:


Leading manufacturers set for Fire Safety North

Fire Safety North will take place at EventCity in Manchester on 10-11 October and has the backing of leading manufacturers in the fire sector.

Leading brands such as Advanced, Apollo, C-Tec, Johnson Controls, BT Redcare, FirePro, Wagner, Evac+Chair, Safety Technology International, Patol, Fike, Gerda, Kingspan, EMS and more will be among the 30+ exhibitors showcasing their latest products at Fire Safety North.

The event is uniquely co-located with the long-established Health and Safety North and will see more than 2,000 delegates from every level of the buying chain, with a real focus on core markets including installers, engineers, fire safety officers, health and safety managers, facilities managers, risk assessors, insurers, consultants and local governments. 

C-TEC, one of the UK’s largest independent manufacturers of life safety electronic equipment, will be exhibiting at Fire Safety North after attending Fire Safety Scotland in May. C-TEC’s marketing manager Andy Green said: “We are delighted to be supporting Fire Safety North as it’s great to see an event so close to our Wigan base that will attract delegates from across the North of England. 

“We are a proud British manufacturer and are looking forward to showcasing our products to such a diverse audience. It’s great to see many of our fellow manufacturers supporting the event and we look forward to welcoming you to stand FS11 on 10-11 October.”

Fire Safety North is also being supported by key industry associations including the Institute of Fire Safety Managers (IFSM), Institution of Fire Engineers, British Automatic Fire Sprinkler Association, Association for Specialist Fire Protection, National Association of Healthcare Fire Officers and the Association of Insurance Surveyors (AiS). Both the AiS and IFSM will be hosting open meetings on 10 October.

Delegates will be treated to more than 14 hours of free educational content that is being split across two theatres – The Fire Safety Keynote Theatre (Sponsored by Advanced) and the Fire and Evacuation Theatre (Sponsored by Fire and Security Matters magazine). Sessions will include a mock trial under fire safety legislation, legal advice on the Fire Safety Order, panel debates on how to protect tall buildings from fire in the wake of the Grenfell tragedy, a guide to passive fire protection, examining the role of the responsible person and a live chemical explosion demonstration.

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Barclays backs national expansion of facilities management business

Saltire Facilities Management Ltd, a leading provider of central heating and electrical services across Scotland and the UK, has secured £2m of funding from Barclays to drive growth plans and streamline business overheads.

The Bellshill based company provides central heating installation and maintenance services for local authorities and the private sector. The Barclays deal, which saw the company bought out from existing shareholders, will finance further development of Saltire’s business plans to bolster its growing client base.

Saltire Facilities Management is led by Finance Director David Weston and Managing Director John Reynolds and employs over 300 engineers. In addition to installation and maintenance offerings, customers benefit from a 24/7 support line, emergency call-out service and professional certification, with all services designed to be safe, cost-effective and sustainable.

This transaction is the latest in a series of deals from Barclays supporting businesses across the country via its SME fund. Launched in June 2016, the £500m fund provides access to capital for businesses across all sectors with turnover up to £25m and reflects Barclays’ commitment to fostering a positive environment for Scottish enterprise to thrive.

The deal between Saltire Facilities Management Ltd and the bank was led by Corporate Development Directors Malcolm Crawford and Jennifer Doran.

David Weston, Finance Director of Saltire Facilities Management Ltd, said: “As our business continues its success, it was important that we partnered with a bank which could help make our short and medium-term goals a reality. The local Barclays team showed a clear understanding of our business and structured a compelling funding package for us.”

Malcolm Crawford, Corporate Development Director for Barclays in Scotland, added: “Our SME fund is a tailor-made offering for organisations like Saltire Facilities Management who wish to grow, diversify and develop their businesses.

“The company has a strong track record of success and continues to identify new avenues of trade. The management team has a strong desire to evolve the business and we will work closely with them to help achieve those ambitions.”


About Barclays

Barclays is a transatlantic consumer, corporate and investment bank offering products and services across personal, corporate and investment banking, credit cards and wealth management, with a strong presence in our two home markets of the UK and the US.

With over 325 years of history and expertise in banking, Barclays operates in over 40 countries and employs approximately 85,000 people. Barclays moves, lends, invests and protects money for customers and clients worldwide.


Key associations backing Fire Safety North

Fire Safety North makes its debut at EventCity Manchester on 10-11 October and is being supported by a number of key associations in the fire sector.

Fire Safety North is the ideal place to network with like-minded professionals and to share best practice. The event is being supported by key industry associations the Institute of Fire Safety Managers (IFSM), Association for Specialist Fire Protection, National Association of Healthcare Fire Officers, British Automatic Fire Sprinkler Association and the Association of Insurance Surveyors (AiS). Both the Ais and IFSM will be hosting open meetings on 10 Octoberat Fire Safety North and all delegates are welcome to attend.

Delegates will be treated to more than 14 hours of free educational content that is being split across two theatres – The Fire Safety Keynote Theatre (Sponsored by Advanced) and the Fire and Evacuation Theatre (Sponsored by Fire and Security Matters magazine).

In addition, delegates are invited to attend breakfast briefings on both days where they will enjoy a bacon roll, refreshments while networking and enjoying sessions on understanding passive fire protection (10 October) and tall building fires (11 October). The sessions start at 8am, which is an hour before the doors open, and will end provide attendees with an exclusive first look at the exhibition.

CPD hours are available for all the seminar sessions and the content line-up is not to be missed. Day one will focus on complying with legislation with delegates invited to take part in a fire safety mock trial. Leading fire safety prosecutor Warren Spencer will lead the prosecution against a defendant in a case under the Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005 while a leading barrister will attempt to convince the jury of the defendant’s innocence. Delegates will then be given the opportunity to be judge and jury so make sure you don’t miss out on this lively and interactive demonstration of life in a court room for fire safety offences.

Warren Spencer has prosecuted more than 100 cases under the Fire Safety Order and in a separate seminar he will share some of the most common pitfalls that have led to prosecutions against companies across the UK.

In another interactive session, experienced fire safety trainer Roy Smith will deliver a live chemical explosion demonstration, which will show the devastating effects of not safely storing chemicals.

Day two will provide a focus on business continuity and disaster planning, including a session from Manchester City Council about how it responded to the recent bombing at the Manchester Evening News Arena. The Welsh government will also deliver an address about how it successfully passed legislation that makes it a legal requirement to install sprinklers in all new buildings. There will also be sessions on how to eliminate false alarms and the role of the responsible person.

Fire Safety North is co-located with the long-established Health and Safety North and there will be more than 130 exhibitors showcasing the latest products and innovations in the fire and health and safety sectors. Fire Safety North will feature leading brands such as Advanced, C-Tec, Wagner, Gerda, FirePro, Evac+Chair, EMS, Jactone, BT Redcare and many more.

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Le Mondial du Bâtiment, the international event for the building industry, is an unmissable show where the industry can share over current and future challenges. Bringing together INTERCLIMA+ELECHB, IDÉOBAIN and BATIMAT, and presenting all the construction materials and solutions for today and tomorrow, Le Mondial du Bâtiment will take place in Paris Nord Villepinte from 6 to 10 November 2017. Less than 4 months from opening, and in an increasingly favourable market context, Le Mondial du Bâtiment is already looking very promising in terms of showcasing solutions and innovations and fostering exchanges and dialogue between construction professionals.

With this in mind, the 2017 Mondial du Bâtiment has reinvented itself to meet changes in the construction industry and make the most of synergies between exhibitors and visitors. The event comprises of 3 interconnected trade shows : INTERCLIMA+ELECHB, IDÉOBAIN and BATIMAT that are designed around 7 specific and connected trade sectors, to help visitors find the right materials and solutions for their building projects.

INTERCLIMA+ELECHB, is where all the sector’s decision-makers and installers come together to choose partners and seek solutions in energy efficiency, renewable energies, thermal comfort and smart solutions for residential and commercial buildings. Faithful exhibitors (for example, AIRWELL, ATLANTIC, ELM, FLAMCO, FRISQUET, GRDF and SCHNEIDER, WEISHAUP) will be there as well as other leading companies (CARRIER, FRANCE AIR, LG Electronics, PANASONIC, SIEMENS, SWEGON, to name a few).

IDÉOBAIN will showcase solutions and innovations for planning or renovating bathroom spaces. Prestigious companies such as LUX ELEMENTS, NEWFORM, PELLET and THG are returning this year. The show will also boast a sanitary village and a Materials village, with innovative technical and decorative solutions.

BATIMAT is the building industry’s leading international trade show, where the sector’s decision-makers and project managers come together to choose partners and seek products and service solutions for current and future buildings. 1,200 exhibitors (+5%) will be there including the return of major brands in the Structure and Envelope sectors  (AIRIUM, ISOBOX, SAINT-GOBAIN and its brands PLACO and ISOVER, VELUX, etc.), in the Joinery sectors (AGC, ALIPLAST, HENKEL, HOPPE, MALERBA, REYNAERS, 3M France, WAREMA), Equipment and Tools (DEWALT-STANLEY-FACOM, KS Tools, PERI, WURTH, etc.), Worksite equipment (DIECI, ENTREPOSE, KILOUTOU, WACKER NEUSON), digital and new technologies (BENTLEY SYSTEMS, EMAGINE, FISA, PARROT DRONES) and Commercial Vehicles (GRUAU, MERCEDES BENZ and TOYOTA, to name a few).

The Solutions Hubs: A new major feature for 2017

Ideally located at the entrance of the halls and moderated by presenters, each hub will present a selection of products that, when combined, offer concrete solutions to the major needs of the 60,000 major prescribers visiting the Mondial du Bâtiment : architects, contractors, project managers, engineers, construction economists, general firms, etc.

INTERCLIMA+ELECHB Hub: Energy and comfort in commercial buildings (Hall 2)

In collaboration with Uniclima and Gimélec, the Hub will present technical solutions to meet the requirements of clients in terms of reducing energy consumption for the E+C label- which challenges companies to propose new solutions.

The Bathrooms & Interiors Hub (Hall 3/Hall 4)

Designed with the AFISB and PeclersParis, an international style firm specialising in prospective trend analysis, it will be ideally located at the crossroads between IDEOBAIN (Hall 3) and BATIMAT (Hall 4), and will focus on Bathrooms & Interiors.

Construction and sustainable renovation (Hall 6)

In association with the Construction21 network and the firm TBC, and located at the entrance to Hall 6 at BATIMAT, this area will present a selection of products providing clear solutions to major issues such as Energy-positive, low-carbon (E+C-) construction, Eco-responsible construction & renovation, Construction & renovation in an urban environment and Building and renovating for user comfort, including within E+C- accreditation.

The Building of the Future (Hall 5A-6)

This will present emerging products and technologies for the construction of tomorrow: future materials, energy production and storage, connect objects/IoT, new applications, big data, BIM, collaborative platforms, augmented reality, 3D printing, etc. This area will be located within the connecting passage between Halls 5A and 6, at the heart of BATIMAT’s “digital and new technologies sector”.

More features and highlights for the 2017 edition

Located at the entrance to Hall 5A, the Influencer’s Club will welcome the presidents of associations and trade federations and a selection of the owners of the largest architects’ firms, engineering firms, constructors and contractors.

With the support of the Institut de la Francophonie for sustainable development (IFDD), Le Mondial du Bâtiment and its 3 shows INTERCLIMA+ELECHB, IDÉOBAIN, and BATIMAT will be honouring 84 states and governments from French-speaking nations, with two major events promoting business meetings between exhibitors and project developers, including a 1000 sq. m Francophone/ IFDD Pavilion in the centre of Hall 6,  hosting representatives from high-potential regions including 20 countries in Sub-Saharan Africa (Benin, Burkina Faso, Cameroun, Côte d’Ivoire, Congo-Brazzaville, Senegal, etc.), North Africa (Morocco, Tunisia) and representatives from Belgium, Canada, Luxembourg and Switzerland.

While reflecting and highlighting industry trends Le Mondial du Bâtiment is more than ever THE innovation event for the sector and has partnered with ADEME for the Le Mondial du Bâtiment Awards.  The awards highlight market trends, introduce the latest innovations and shine a spotlight on the winners at Le Mondial du Bâtiment Awards Ceremony, a special evening event in September attended by the International jury.

Bringing the construction community together with unique services

In 2015, Le Mondial du Bâtiment welcomed over 340,000 visitors, including more than 110,000 entrepreneurs and installers, over 60,000 contractors/prescribers and over 45,000 distributors.

For the 2017 edition, Le Mondial du Bâtiment is aiming at increasing French visitor numbers by 10%. Among the expected visitors, the whole community of architects, engineers and contractors will be invited to a special day, “club” services and guided visits (70,000 visitors expected). Building merchants and distributors will also enjoy their own reception and visitor trails (48,000 visitors expected). Large numbers of artisans and installers have also been catered for with an exceptional transport scheme (120,000 visitors expected). Students, organisation representatives and industrial companies are also planning to attend in growing numbers.

Le Mondial du Bâtiment will take place in Paris Nord Villepinte from 6 to 10 November 2017 at the Paris Nord Villepinte exhibition centre


Present in 20 industry sectors, with 50 leading events – including Batimat, EquipHotel, IFTM-Top Resa, Expoprotection, Pollutec, Midest, SITL, Maison & Objet*, Fiac, Paris Photo – and 51 websites, Reed Expositions delivers contacts, content and networks to transform our customers’ business. Over 24,000 companies and 1.43 million buyers, from France and abroad, attend our events. Reed Expositions is a member of the Reed Exhibitions Group, the world’s leading events organiser and a leader in the French market with over 60 events and 2 subsidiaries: Reed Expositions France and Reed Midem.

*organised by the SAFI, a subsidiary of Reed Expositions and Ateliers d’Art de France


Hudson Contract encourages young people to pursue a career in construction

Workplace audit and contract solutions provider launches new video campaign aimed at addressing industry skills shortages

Hudson Contract is encouraging young people across the country to pursue a career in construction with a new video campaign featuring apprentices, employers, Ian Billyard, Principal of Leeds College of Building and MP for East Yorkshire, Rt Hon Sir Greg Knight.

Aimed at addressing potential industry skills shortages and inspiring young people to take up Apprenticeships in the different construction trades, from bricklaying to plumbing, the video highlights the benefits of a career in theindustry, for the individual and the wider sector.

Recommendations from both male and female apprentices in the construction industry can be heard throughout the video. The true-to-life testimonials of their experiences in the industry are designed to inspire other young people to consider and pursue a career in construction.

Managing Director of Hudson Contract, Ian Anfield can also be heard giving advice on the best ways to embark on a career in the construction industry, which he strongly believes is through an Apprenticeship.

Hudson Contract Founder and Chairman, David Jackson said: “The success stories highlighted in the video are confirmation that dedicated Apprenticeship Schemes not only work, but inspire and excite young people beginning their career in the construction industry. We hope that our commitment to developing confident, passionate and motivated apprentices, alongside the introduction of the new Apprenticeship Levy launched by the Government in April, will play both a big part in addressing the potential skills shortage in the construction industry and inform young people of some of the exciting opportunities available to them.”

View the full Hudson Contract campaign video here – or watch below.

Why Choose Construction from Hudson Contract


FIA qualifications launch at FIREX a huge success

The Fire Industry Association (FIA) officially launched their new qualifications in fire detection and alarms at FIREX (held at ExCel, London).

Three seminars were held on the topic of the new qualifications; one on each day of the three-day fire industry expo.  The seminars were given by VIP speaker, Martin Duggan, General Manager of the FIA, who delivered an insightful set of presentations about the different qualifications that are due to become available.

“The seminars were very well attended and it was a great opportunity to answer questions directly from visitors at the show.  These qualifications have taken years of development and we are really excited to share with the industry exactly what shape the qualifications will take,” said Martin Duggan.

“We’ve taken on new staff and had a small shake-up of the FIA team in preparation for the launch of the qualifications in order to answer all those initial questions and to ensure that the booking process goes smoothly.”

The new qualifications were met with an excellent response by visitors attending the fire industry expo, with a range of interest from across the sector – including a strong international interest.

“There are four new qualifications,” said Martin Duggan. “Designer, Installer, Maintainer, and Commissioner.  They are equivalent to a Level 3 in the UK, so that is the same as an A-Level, but in Europe it is the same as a Level 4 qualification on the European Qualifications Framework.”

Alongside the seminars, the FIA also had a fully decked out stand to look like a pub, serving up a range of snacks and drinks, which was a huge hit with visitors.  The stand had an information desk to meet with the FIA staff and pick up a prospectus for the new qualifications.

“The FIA Lounge was very successful,” said Kat Schabowska, Marketing Communications Executive of the FIA.  “We had back-to-back enquiries at the information desk and the bar area was full every day of the expo.  We are delighted to be able to say that this year’s footfall on our stand was even better than last year.”

An exciting development for the betterment of the industry, the new qualifications will contain a wide range of new topics and key information not seen in previous FIA training.  As a result, the courses will be longer due to the amount of new content and the rigorous exams at the end of each unit.

“We did a gap analysis of our current training and the new qualifications to discover how much more the new qualifications would offer.  The results show us that the courses will at least double in size,” explained Martin Duggan during his presentation.

“We’ve developed some units that are completely new, plus we added extra sections that industry stakeholders and employers have asked for.  Our members have very much guided us in this direction towards including more content and making the courses longer and more extensive, in order to stretch the learners’ knowledge further than before.”

“We recommend that if you’re interested in our new qualifications or courses that you sign up to our email newsletter to find out when our booking system will go live,” commented Kat Schabowska.

To sign up, click ‘Sign up to our enews’ from the FIA’s homepage,

The new qualifications prospectus is available to download for free from the FIA’s homepage, or a hard copy can be requested by emailing



UHEI Birmingham 2017

14-15 November 2017 – University of Birmingham

Further to the success of last year’s inaugural Universities & Healthcare Estates and Innovation event in Birmingham and in response to the feedback we received from that event, we are pleased to announce UHEI Birmingham 2017 which will be held on 14-15 November 2017 at the University of Birmingham.

UHEI Birmingham is a two-day event to allow for more in-depth coverage of the conference topics.

Universities & Healthcare Estates and Innovation is a unique conference and exhibition that addresses some of the key issues facing the University and Healthcare sectors. The conference addresses each issue from a University perspective, and then from a Healthcare perspective – allowing delegates to gain insight into both areas. We work in partnership with the further education and healthcare sectors to develop a compelling agenda and a unique forum that brings together the Estate Directors of the NHS & Universities to encourage the sharing of best-practice.

The conference is supported by an exhibition featuring the leading providers to both sectors. Exhibitors, Sponsors and Supporters.

The Conference programme will be confirmed shortly and will cover topics like

  • Brexit – Thoughts on the impact on the HE Estate,
  • Brexit – Thoughts on the impact on the NHS Estate,
  • Property management in HE,
  • Property management in NHS,
  • Emergency Preparedness HE
  • Emergency Preparedness NHS
  • Commercialising the Estate – HE
  • Commercialising the Estate – NHS
  • Succession Planning & Developing Capacity – Building the Estates Team – HE
  • Succession Planning & Developing Capacity – Building the Estates Team – NHS
  • Compliance – the Challenge of Managing Older Buildings in HE
  • Compliance – the Challenge of Managing Older Buildings in the NHS
  • Sustainability HE
  • Sustainability NHS

For more information about sponsoring or visiting the UHEI event on the 14th or 15th Nov being held at the University of Birmingham please email or call us on 01892 530027.


Spacecraft to basements: exploring the frontiers of fire safety at third BRE Fire Research Conference

BRE’s 2017 Fire Research Conference brings together its most diverse programme of papers yet on contemporary fire engineering challenges, ranging from space travel and airports, to photovoltaic energy and product regulation in the wake of BREXIT.

Featuring guest speakers alongside BRE fire engineers and investigators, other themes include multi-sensor detectors and fire alarms, innovations in fire suppression, deficiencies in passive fire protection, and data and trends emerging from the investigation of real fires.

BRE carries out a wide range of research projects, working with government and major stakeholders on pressing areas for investigation and improvement in fire protection and fire risk management. The annual conference has quickly established itself as an important forum for disseminating this vital information, reflecting BRE’s standing in the field of fire behaviour research and fire performance testing.

Delegates will have the opportunity to update their technical knowledge, learn directly from the experts about advances in fire safety and standards development, and network with professionals from all areas of the fire sector.

The conference takes place on June 8 at BRE’s innovations and research site in Watford. More on the speaker line-up can be found here:


Safety and health professionals can tackle workers’ sun risks

During Sun Awareness Week (8-14 May), businesses can help to raise awareness and prevent cancer caused by solar radiation exposure at work using free materials from the Institution of Occupational Safety and Health’s (IOSH) award-nominated No Time to Lose campaign.

These resources have been developed as part of IOSH’s occupational cancer campaign, which commissioned new research, produced easy-to-use health advice and works with employers and organisations in the UK and worldwide to help prevent cancer caused by the work people do.

Sun Awareness Week is organised annually by the British Association of Dermatologists (BAD), one of the supporters of the No Time to Lose campaign this year.

It aims to raise awareness of skin cancer, to encourage people to regularly self-examine their skin, and to educate the public about the dangers of sunburn and excessive tanning.

Johnathon Major of the British Association of Dermatologists, said: “Skin cancer is now the most common form of cancer in the UK and incidence rates are still rising, with outdoor workers being particularly at high risk.

“A concerted effort must be made to make both employers and employees aware of the dangers posed by sun exposure, and to encourage the adoption of responsible preventative measures.

“No Time to Lose aims to do exactly that, and we applaud IOSH’s efforts in making the workplace a sun-safe environment.”

In 2015, research commissioned by IOSH into solar radiation exposure at work in Britain, revealed that each year, malignant melanoma, which is the more serious form of skin cancer, kills nearly 50 people, with 240 new cancer cases being registered.

The study was done by Imperial College London which also found that 42 per cent of malignant melanoma cancer cases involve construction workers. Other key sectors include agriculture, public administration and defence, and land transport.

A second study by The University of Nottingham researched attitudes to sun safety in the construction sector and found that two thirds of construction workers outside for an average of nearly seven hours a day thought they were not at risk or were unsure if they were.

More than half (59 per cent) of those questioned by researchers reported having sunburn – a major contributor to skin cancer – at least once in the last year.

Kate Field, Head of Information and Intelligence at IOSH, said: “We urge businesses to develop ‘sun safety strategies’ that include regular updates on the UV index from weather forecasts, minimising sun exposure in the middle of the day and asking employees to wear long-sleeved, loose-fitting tops and trousers. Using high-factor sunscreen is helpful but should not be relied on as the only barrier to the harmful rays.

“Our No Time to Lose campaign website has free resources businesses can download to raise awareness of solar radiation exposure at work. The pack includes factsheets, posters, pocket cards and more to help inform and engage the work force.”

Since the campaign was launched in November 2014, 100 leading businesses have pledged to prevent occupational cancer. Pledge signatory Royal Mail Group protects its employees from sun exposure by providing protective clothing as part of its uniform and encouraging workers to cover up during the higher ultraviolet radiation (UVR) months.

IOSH has also worked in partnership with campaign supporter Considerate Constructors Scheme to develop a poster to help raise awareness of UVR exposure on construction sites across the UK.

Edward Hardy, Considerate Constructors Scheme Chief Executive, said: “We are delighted to support IOSH’s No Time to Lose campaign – anything that is done to help raise awareness of occupational cancers and the effective prevention programmes that can be introduced by employers will only improve the wellbeing of all involved.

“The construction industry is a dynamic and evolving sector and we must do all we can, not only to make our working practices ever safer, but also to improve the health and wellbeing of all those who work in our industry.

“We are helping to achieve greater understanding of this issue by raising awareness via the Scheme’s monitoring of thousands of registered sites, companies and suppliers each year, and through the Scheme’s Best Practice Hub – the construction industry’s free to access online platform for sharing best practice.”

To find out more about IOSH’s No Time to Lose campaign and to download free resources, visit the website.