Hard line HSE prosecution strategy may push firms into bankruptcy

The Health & Safety Executive risks pushing companies into bankruptcy by accusing firms of the committing the most serious offences when they have in reality committed lesser breaches, a leading lawyer has warned.

Speaking on the eve of Safety and Health Expo at ExCel, London, Vikki Woodfine, Partner at law firm DWF LLP and Lead Commentator for Wolters Kluwer professional Health and Safety information service Croner-i, said some companies could be forced to the wall by fines that could see medium sized firms fined up to £4m for health and safety offences. Read more

Innovation in safety helps Lanes Group win sixth RoSPA Gold

Lanes Group RiskLanes Group has won a RoSPA Gold Award for occupational health and safety for the sixth year in a row.

The achievement means Lanes Group, the leading drainage and maintenance specialist, retains its RoSPA Gold Medal.

Initiatives put before the judges included a new industry-leading digital risk assessment tool that has achieved 100 per cent field operative compliance, and allows real time management review of work site health and safety. Read more

Legislation expert highlights safety concerns over Deregulation Bill

Neil HowePlans to exempt self-employed workers from health and safety requirements are disappointing and can only lead to confusion and complications, according to specialists in environmental and safety legislation, Cedrec.

Cedrec was commenting on the draft Deregulation Bill, which aims to free thousands of businesses from red tape and make life easier for individuals and businesses.

It is the latest step in the government’s on-going drive to remove unnecessary bureaucracy, which they argue is costing British businesses millions, slowing down public services like schools and hospitals and hindering the lives of millions of individuals. Read more

Rivo Software partner with Kennet and Fidelity to drive growth

Rivo Software LogoLeading environmental, health and safety software vendor to accelerate global expansion and target broader reputational risk market

London, UK Kennet Partners, the technology growth investor, and Fidelity Growth Partners Europe (FGPE), the pan-European growth investor today announced the acquisition of Rivo Software, a fast- growing software company Read more

Audit Software Re-launch

Are you compliant?

ACT is proud to announce that we are re-launching our Compliance Manager – Auditor web-based software which provides an efficient way to ensure compliance throughout your organisation.

This updated 2012 edition includes many new features including a more user friendly interface for easier navigation. Read more

Alcumus group formed with new acquisition – becoming multi-disciplinary provider of risk management, compliance and certification services

The Alcumus Group is newly formed following its recent acquisition of ISOQAR; one of the UK’s largest independent providers of UKAS accredited certification services.  Made up of the ISOQAR and the other highly regarded operating subsidiaries Sypol and Infomatrix, the group will be led by CEO Martin Smith.

Martin has over 18 years of business compliance experience in the information, advice and standards markets and has worked nationally and internationally for both corporate and not-for-profit organisations. Formerly the Managing Director of Croner, he has been responsible for contents, software and consulting business streams and secured the acquisition of GEE Publishing.  Previous experience includes roles as Commercial Director at BSI British Standards, General Manager of INSPEC, Publishing Director for the Institution of Engineering and Technology, and Business Development Director for GEE. Read more