FeRFA E-Newsletter April 2018

IN THIS ISSUE

NEW WEBSITE - new website to be launched soon!
AGM & AWARDS DINNER - date and venue announced
FeRFA CAREERS - upcoming roles within FeRFA
TRAINING NEWS - updates from April training modules
ASSOCIATE SPOTLIGHT - this month we look at Huntsman Polyurethanes and Husqvarna
RECYCLING - taking part made simpler, top tips for minimising landfill, national rates available
MEMBER BENEFITS - Cobra's Bespoke Insurance Service plus H&S Advice and Business Shield from SKA
OTHER NEWS - latest news from the industry, Build UK accident survey now live
MEETINGS & EXHIBITIONS - dates for your diary
MEMBERS' NEWS - news stories from FeRFA members

LATEST NEWS

NEW FeRFA WEBSITE TO LAUNCH SOON

We have been emailing all members with this form for you to fill out to ensure we have up to date records to power the search functions on the brand new FeRFA website. Information we are looking for are company details, types of work undertaken and types of FeRFA Types you work with. If you have not already done so, please complete the form and email to secretariat@ferfa.org.uk by Friday 27 April.

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The Park Suite at St John’s provides a spacious setting in which to host this popular event and we look forward to welcoming members and their guests in November.

Full details and booking forms will be issued later in the year, but meanwhile please hold this date in your diary.

FeRFA ANNUAL EVENT 2018 – FOR YOUR DIARY!

 

The FeRFA Annual General Meeting and Awards Dinner 2018 will be held on Friday 23 November at The St Johns Hotel in Solihull.

This year we are having a change of venue to accommodate the growing number of guests now attending this event. We will be having an afternoon annual general meeting, with plenty of time for networking followed by the evening Awards Dinner.

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The Park Suite at St John’s provides a spacious setting in which to host this popular event and we look forward to welcoming members and their guests in November.

Full details and booking forms will be issued later in the year, but meanwhile please hold this date in your diary.

 

FeRFA CAREERS

FeRFA CEO

This full time position is on a self employed basis and involves the day to day management of FeRFA, its activities and its future strategy for growth. As training development and delivery, technical guidance and member support are all key elements of this role, we are seeking candidates with extensive experience of the resin flooring sector. The role is home office based but involves daily communication with the Secretariat based in Stone. If you would like to discuss this opportunity and/or require further information, please contact helen@ferfa.org.uk. The closing date for applications is Friday 11 May 2018.

FeRFA TRAINER

As a result of pending retirement, we are seeking someone who has several years’ experience in the specification and installation of resin flooring systems, with good presentation and classroom teaching skills, to take on the part-time role of FeRFA trainer. This role is on a self-employed basis and involves the development and delivery of specialist apprentice schemes and as well as upskilling programmes. The FeRFA Trainer will also receive assessor training in order to carry out onsite assessments as part of the role. For more information, please contact helen@ferfa.org.uk.

TRAINING NEWS

RESIN 18 GO WITH THE FLOW AND COMPLETE PRACTICAL TRAINING

The 18th group of resin apprentices finished their formal training this month with their final session on flowable screeds. This included a day of classroom tuition with Terry Foxley, the FeRFA Trainer, followed by a second day of practical sessions under the expert tuition of Andrew Hill, PFT Central.. Resin 16 Mod 12 Image
R18M14FeRFA member, Instarmac, supplied all the materials and hosted the training at their Tamworth facility.
Apprentices in this group are Craig Bowden (Britannia Industrial Flooring Ltd), Jordan Kingston (Coatech Ltd), Craig MacGregor and Phillip Rockett (Euro Resin), Meshach Barrow, Daniel Dainty, Joe Walters (John Lord & Son Ltd) Michael Hutchinson, Phillip Whitehall, Darren Collinson, Robert Rochford (Polydeck Resins Ltd) and Brendan Thomas (Hart Site Services). This is the final module for Resin Group 18 apprentices who are now preparing for their assessments.

 

PREP 10 TAKE MODULE ON SHOTBLASTING

Apprentices in this group had 3 days classroom and practical training on the principles of shotblasting.
FeRFA Trainer Stephen Walker led the 3 day sessions.

Apprentices in this group are James Brown, Michael Cordiner, Kevin Webster, Benjamin Sibbons (The Preparation Group) and Kristen Coussens (GSB Surface Preparation)

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RESIN 20 TAKE SURFACE PREPARATION MODULE

Resin 20 apprentices had plenty of opportunity to try a range of machines this month at The Preparation Group’s training facility in Lincoln.
FeRFA Trainer, Stephen Walker, who ran the two day sessions, began by going through the essential techniques of proper floor preparation and continued, through a combination of classroom teaching and practical experience, with the various methods of surface preparation and the choice of equipment available.

This group has now completed the first ten modules of their two year apprenticeship and will continue their training with further combined classroom and practical sessions on Coatings, Self smoothing, Screeds & Covings and Flowable Screeds.

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Apprentices in this group are David Lee (L&S Finishes), Thomas Ward (Surtech), Khian Humphreys (Page Industrial Coatings), Gerard McNulty, Matthew Longthorne (Reprotec) and Shane Cashin (Polydeck Resins Ltd). Image shows apprentices with Trainer Stephen Walker and CITB Officer Teresa Phillips

PREP 9 TAKE MODULE ON GRINDING

Prep Group 9 completed a two day course on grinding this month at The Preparation Group. FeRFA Trainer Stephen Walker combined practical and theory sessions to cover use of the selection and use of grinding equpiment, storage and maintenance requirements.P9M12

Apprentices in this group are Thomas Mallett (F&G Industrial), Sean Vickery, Richard Hughes (TPS360), Brian George, David Logan (Veitchi Industrial)

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ASSOCIATE SPOTLIGHT

Huntsman Polyurethanes (UK) Ltd

Huntsman is a global manufacturer and marketer of differentiated chemical products. Our polyurethanes division is a leader in the delivery of MDI-based solutions for an extensive range of applications. With three world-scale MDI plants, we produce over 500 different products for the appliance, adhesive, elastomer, automotive, composite wood, footwear, furniture and bedding, TPU and coating markets. Coatings based on Huntsman’s polyurethane technology include: paints that combine aesthetic properties with adhesive capabilities and durability, heavy duty protection systems for bridge and car park surfaces, and specialty protective finishes for metal and concrete, pipelines, truck bed liners industrial floor coatings. The versatility of Huntsman’s advanced MDI technology enables the manufacture of tough industrial floor coatings that provide long-term protection coupled with aesthetic, structural and safety functions. Depending on the application, they can be tough, matt or glossy. They can also be customized with specific properties tailored to meet the needs of environments as diverse as food processing factories, electronic production, chemical, power and car manufacture plants as well as general workshops, clean rooms and TV studios. Huntsman’s specialists have a deep understanding of polyurethane chemistry and through a policy of continuous innovation can offer the highest level of proactive support to formulators. Assistance available includes advice on the selection of chemical components as well as expert guidance on formulating, processing and handling. By offering a fast, responsive service based on direct communication and feedback, Huntsman’s technical teams can help customers solve complex application challenges quickly, opening up a world of new formulating opportunities.

01642 834700

www.huntsman.com

P O Box 99 Wilton Redcar TS10 4YA


Husqvarna Construction Products

With over 325 years of innovation and passion, Husqvarna Construction Products is a world leader when it comes to equipment and diamond tools. Husqvarna’s floor grinders and dust collectors boast a unique balance between the machines power and design, and the tools speed and efficiency. Our range of floor grinders are available in a variety of sizes to suit your job, providing users with unsurpassed productivity and control for preparing, grinding, polishing concrete floors, as well as repairing and polishing terrazzo and other natural stone. With Husqvarna surface preparation machines and HIPERFLOOR, (Husqvarna’s floor polishing system), you not only get a beautiful surface but also a high quality, hard wearing floor.

0344 844 4569

www.husqvarnacp.co.uk

Unit 4 Glenmore Centre, Waterwells Business Park, Quedgeley, Gloucestershire, GL2 2AP, United Kingdom


FeRFA's RECYCLING SCHEME

RECYCLING - ARE YOU TAKING PART?

If you are not already submitting your recycling data in 2018 please start doing this now to qualify for the recycling logo within your FeRFA website entry.

It is easy to do using the datasheet (if not using Reconomy) – only two figures are needed per month – total weight collected and total weight recycled or recovered. This is information that should be provided by your waste collector. If it isn’t then ask them why not. The spreadsheet includes a graph, automatically generated from your figures – which you can show to prospective clients.

More details on the recycling initiative are here.

DISCOVER THE BENEFITS OF USING THE RECONOMY PORTAL TO MANAGE YOUR CONSTRUCTION WASTE

Did you know that the Reconomy Portal will give you round-the-clock access to your key waste documentation and data – across all your construction sites? We would like to show you how to gain:

  • control over the waste streams generated on each construction site you manage
  • the ability to create detailed reports on your waste management with ease.

By giving you an in-depth insight into the handling of waste across all your building sites, with dynamically updated information, the Reconomy Portal offers an unrivalled opportunity to gain control over your waste management.

Arrange a free Reconomy Portal demonstration today:
Call – 0800 834 133

FeRFA’S PARTNERS IN THIS SCHEME:

  • Reconomy, can assist you to reduce your total waste management costs, increase your landfill diversion, ensure compliance, under current Environment Agency legislation, maintain consistency and best practice across all sites and back-office functions. Contact 0800 834 133 / 01952 211790
    To see Reconomy’s National Rates for FeRFA members please click on this link.
  • If you are a manufacturer, Protech Plastics Containers can supply containers in various sizes to suit your product range, which are now produced from 40% recycled material. Call Protech on 01827 314615.

FeRFA MEMBER BENEFITS

FeRFA INSURANCE WEBSITE SUPPORTED BY COBRA INSURANCE BROKERS

Cobra Insurance Brokers have partnered with FeRFA for over 10 years, gaining specialist knowledge and an understanding of the protection needed for the resin flooring industry. The new website, designed specifically to support FeRFA members and their business activity is now available at www.ferfainsurance.co.uk. The website covers all aspects of insurance, risk management and guarantees, as well as a client login portal where you can view your policy documents. FeRFA Members can also request free access to a vast library of resource material.

Cobra offer a free insurance health check plus no obligation quotes. Howard Collins can be reached on 07775 888933 or emailed at howard.collins@cobrainsurance.co.uk or visit the website.

H&S UPDATE PLUS BUSINESS SHIELD FROM STALLARD KANE ASSOCIATES

Stallard Kane Associates Ltd provide a support service to SMEs for both Health & Safety and Employment Law. FeRFA members can access its services for free via the Business Shield – detailed below.

This month we look at occupational health issues, the new construction training register and the upcoming changes in statutory pay, which every employer needs to be aware of.

Read Stallard Kane’s Lastest Business Shield article here.

Business Shield - free to FeRFA members - ensures you are always up to date.

SKA understands that busy management teams don’t always have the time to keep up-to-date with changes in workplace legislation and health and safety policies, which is why FeRFA has supplied FeRFA Business Shield as a key member benefit


All FeRFA members have FREE access to the Business Shield service giving you:

  • FREE access to the FeRFA Business Shield online portal
  • FREE and unlimited use of the 24hr hotline
  • FREE one hour review of your daily activity and associated risks
  • FREE one hour review of your existing employment contracts

Further details on the service are available in the brochure here.

All FeRFA members are supplied with a unique username and password for the FeRFA Business Shield and can speak to an advisor to answer any queries that you may have regarding the service.

In the meantime, members can access the advice line on 0345 076 6485.

The dedicated FeRFA Business Shield Account Manager is Barry Nicol, please call him on 07854 938693 for more details

OTHER NEWS

REMINDER: THE RESIN FLOORING INDUSTRY NEEDS TO GET READY FOR GDPR

Most people are now aware that there are new regulations coming into force, concerning the way that organisations collect, hold and use personal data belonging to customers, staff and others that they might interact with.

What is not so well-known is that this is not just something that affects large companies. All businesses and individual traders who hold personal data need to make sure that they comply with the new regulations. What’s more, the date for doing so is fast approaching – the enforcement date on 25 May 2018.

The new rules were approved at a European level two years ago, 21 years after the original Data Protection Directive came into force. Since the 1990s the internet, online marketing and digital data storage have revolutionised this area. For these reasons and also due to a lack of consistency internationally, it is generally considered that the original regulations are no longer fit for purpose. Therefore the requirements are changing in all European countries.

The core principle of data protection legislation is that: “Data must be processed fairly for specified purposes, based on consent or other legitimate purposes laid down by law. Everyone has the right to access to data collected about them and the right to have any errors rectified”.

FeRFA is keen to communicate the key requirements of the new regulatory regime, so that member companies are equipped to make any necessary changes to the way they collect, handle and store customer and employee data.

One of the key requirements is that organisations can no longer make assumptions about how people want their data to be dealt with. For instance, pre-ticked opt-in boxes are not considered valid methods of consent. Individuals must now pro-actively state their agreement for their data to be held and used in particular ways. Consent for companies to handle an individual’s data must be freely given, on the basis of an opt-in and unbundled and separate from other conditions.

It is important to remember that this applies to employees, as well as customers. Companies should also ensure that internal data security is sufficient and that adequate training is provided for members of staff who handle employee and customer data. Under the legislation an employer is considered liable for the actions of its staff, and there have been instances of companies being prosecuted due to theft of personal data by an employee.

In communication with those on whom organisations hold data, valid forms of consent include: “I would like to receive emails about your products (Tick box)” or “I give my explicit consent to receiving emails about resin flooring products, and please send them to: (email address)”. Therefore resin flooring companies will be required to contact their customers and others on any mailing lists that they hold, in order to secure their active assent to hold and use their data.

The law builds in a number of further requirements, with which organisations will have to comply:

  • Data retention should be transparent, including documentation of how it is held.
  • The person whose data you are collecting should be informed of the reasons why you are collecting it.
  • The data that is collected should be adequate, limited in scope and relevant.
  • Information that is held should be accurate and up-to-date.
  • It should not be retained longer than necessary.
  • It should be held securely.
  • The rights of those whose data is held should be protected – these rights include information, access, rectification and erasure.

Companies should consider whether they need to appoint a data protection officer within their organisations, although this is normally only required if processing of personal data is a “core activity” and carried out on a large scale. However they do need to take steps to ensure that they comply, and they may need to demonstrate their compliance to the Information Commissioner’ Office (ICO). Companies which require further information on GDPR and what they have to do now will find that information on the ICO’s website at www.ico.org.uk. There are also details on the GDPR portal at www.eugdpr.org.

BUILD UK ACCIDENT SURVEY 2018 - LIVE NOW

The 2017/18 BUILD UK Accident Survey is now live for FeRFA CONTRACTOR MEMBERS to submit accident statistics for the last 12 months from 1 April 2017 – 31 March 2018 via the following link:

Accident Survey 2017/18

The deadline for responses to this year’s survey is Friday 1 September 2018 – but please don’t wait until the deadline to complete it as we will send regular reminders until it is completed.
It should only take a few minutes to do, and if you have had no reportable accidents it will be just seconds as all you need to give is number of employees for that period, then click NO to accidents and it is done.

Please note that providing annual accident statistics is a requirement of membership for contractors.

A good response to the survey is vital as the information can be used to demonstrate to clients and others that the safety record of members is better than non-members. It can also help to identify accident trends in order to produce guidance which can reduce the risk of similar incidents in future.

GOVERNMENT LAUNCH NEW MEASURES TO HELP SMALLER BUSINESSES WIN GOVERNMENT CONTRACTS

The government have announced proposals to help smaller businesses bid to win government contracts.

Suppliers will have to advertise subcontracting opportunities via the Contracts Finder website, and provide government with data showing how businesses in their supply chain are benefitting from supplying to central government.

Read more.

GO SMART GETS NEW SITE

CSCS has launched a new website dedicated to the free Go Smart app. Go Smart lets you check cards from CSCS and other Partner Card Schemes electronically. Checking a card takes seconds and lets you record card data without tedious manual entry.

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CSCS APPROVED SAFE2SITE ONLINE COURSE

CSCS is pleased to announce that the Safe2Site online course has been approved as the latest route to the green Labourer card.

Safe2Site is owned by the Compliance and Skills Academy (COSAC), a training institute which delivers courses in a range of construction specialities. COSAC will be working with TestReach, an online exam and assessment technology provider, to deliver Safe2Site online.

Historically CSCS has not approved e-assessment in non-invigilated conditions due to the high risk of malpractice and lack of measures to control it, particularly in locations that are remote from test centres such as a learner’s home.

Read more

CITB IMPLEMENT NEW GRANTS SCHEME

The Construction Industry Training Board (CITB) launched its new Grants Scheme on 1 April 2018, which is supported by a new Construction Training Directory and Construction Training Register. These are collectively known as the new ‘Training Model’.

The new Training Model will be phased in over the coming months and is designed so Employers will find it quicker and easier to book training with a recognised provider, claim grant and check records of the training and qualifications that individuals have achieved.

Read more here.

MEETINGS, SEMINARS & EXHIBITIONS 2018

APPRENTICESHIP SCHEME DATES 2018

Resin 18 Assessment
Resin 19 MOD 12: May 9-10 at Arturo, Rugby
MOD 13: Sep 4-6, Venue TBA
MOD 14: Oct 3-4 at Instarmac, Tamworth
Resin 20 MOD 11: Jul 11-12 at Sika, Welwyn Garden City
MOD 12: Oct 17-18 at Arturo, Rugby
Resin 21 MOD 4-5: May 23-24 at Altro, Letchworth Garden City
MOD 6-9: Sep 19-21 at DSA, Nottingham
MOD 10: Nov 6-7 at The Preparation Group, Lincoln
Prep 9 MOD 13: Jun 27-28 at The Preparation Group, Lincoln
MOD 14: Sep 12-13 at The Preparation Group, Lincoln
Prep 10 MOD 11: Jun 20-21 at The Preparation Group, Lincoln
MOD 12: Sep 17-18 at The Preparation Group, Lincoln
MOD 13: Dec 5-6 at The Preparation Group, Lincoln

FeRFA MEETINGS AND EVENTS 2018

FeRFA Council Meetings: Jun 20, Sep 19
FeRFA AGM & Awards Dinner: Nov 23
FeRFA Resin Bound/Bonded Technical Sub Committee: May 1
FeRFA Technical Meeting: TBC

INDUSTRY EXHIBITION DATES 2018

Hospitality Technology Innovation – ExCeL, London: 25-26 Sep

FeRFA MEMBERS' NEWS